Perry Raso’s peers at South Kingstown High School always wondered what his secret was. He would return from summer vacation with a great tan and a fat wallet. While the other students were basking in the sun at Narragansett beach, little did they know, Perry was diving into the salty waters of Potter Pond, cultivating and harvesting what we know have come to know (and love) as Matunuck oysters.
Flash forward a few years; Perry made the decision to open a restaurant focusing on local seafood, produce and most of all, his famous Matunuck oysters. Matunuck Oyster Bar boasts gorgeous panoramic views of Potter Pond where diners can sit back and relax as boats glide past them white the sun sets. If you haven’t experienced Matunuck oysters for yourself then we have two words of advice: DO IT. They’re briny with hints of citrus and grounded with an earthy yet sweet finish. The rest of the mouth-watering menu offers classic New England fare with an emphasis on native vegetables and herbs grown in Perry’s own greenhouse.
We all respect a hard worker, and my friends— Perry Raso is just that. He puts his heart and soul into his business which is reflected by the food, service and atmosphere of his restaurant. He’s also very friendly so be sure to say hello to him next time you’re there. Our hats are off to you Perry, may you have yet another successful season at Matunuck Oyster Bar!