I love a good brunch, so I was eager to bring a friend for a visit to Slice of Heaven, a cozy Jamestown eatery overflowing with yummy options for mid-morning indulging. Inside was a lively crowd laughing and chatting as they tucked into scrumptious bites. The smells of warm baked goods and coffee wafted around us as we ruminated over our choices.
Maria and Steven Liebhauser have been proud owners of the cafe along the bustling main strip on Narragansett Avenue for over 20 years. Complementing their menu of breakfast, lunch, and baked goods, the atmosphere invites lingering, with an adorable patio outside with an arched wooden gateway. The interior offers different seating options plus rooms to retreat to. Cafe walls exhibit paintings, masks, and photography, inviting local artists to display and sell their work.
Our sweet and personable server, Gabriella Andreozzi, told us people come from “all over” for their gluten-free treats, and shared that she enjoys getting to know the regulars, who become “like family.” She walked us through each menu option, and we decided on a few sweet and savory selections, which we ordered at the counter.
Despite the simple ingredients, we marveled at the bold flavors that punctuated each dish. I particularly enjoyed the Salmon Bagel Works, a build-your-own experience with lettuce, sliced tomatoes, capers, and sauteed red onions on house-made extra toasted sourdough bread.
My friend raved the whole day about the Fish Naanwich, one of Slice of Heaven’s most popular items. She gushed that the aioli – an unexpected twist replacing the typical tartar sauce – paired deliciously with the fish. The mildly sweet, flakey grilled haddock offered a complementary texture to the lightly grilled garlic naan and shredded lettuce.
Next, we took a tour of the pastry case. I was impressed by how many treats, baked goods, and bagels are handmade in-house. First we tried the Cocoa Banana Bread topped with powdered sugar – soliciting “mmm!” on the first bite with its moistness and rich combo of flavors. A Fruit Tart delighted with tangy mandarin orange sweetened by vanilla custard in a buttery crust.
But the Venetian Cloud Cake was an instant favorite. The merengue offered a light crisp that melted in your mouth, and the cake was light, airy, and fluffy – just like a cloud. We enjoyed biting into the layers of cool whipped cream, fluffy cake, raspberries, and chocolate-covered cherries. No wonder people travel to try it!
If you’re looking for a brunch experience that offers a glimpse of what heaven might taste like, with service to match, the treats and sandwiches at this Jamestown cafe will certainly have you walking on clouds.
32 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown
423-9866 • SliceOfHeavenRI.com
Wednesday to Sunday, 7am-3pm
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