La Masseria, East Greenwich, R.I., was named "Best New Restaurant" by the readers of Rhode Island Monthly. Held annually, Rhode Island Monthly's "Best of Rhode Island" awards recognize the best in food, shops, diversions and services throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to know that Rhode Islanders ranked La Masseria as the best new restaurant," said Edward W. Ricci II, a principal with La Masseria, in a statement. "We knew we had something special when we decided to bring La Masseria to East Greenwich. The passion and creativity our guests find in our New York City location can be found right here in Rhode Island."

The bar at La Masseria, East Greenwich, R.I.

This is La Masseria's second location, opened in late 2009. The flagship restaurant was founded in 2004 by three first-generation Italians: Peppe Iuele, Enzo Ruggiero and executive chef Pino Coladonato. La Masseria, named for Italy's ancient fortified farmhouses, highlights the cuisine of the Puglia region. For more information, visit