The communities of Middletown and Portsmouth are located just a short drive north of the city of Newport in the inlet bay area of the state. Of course, when you are talking Rhode Island, you are talking water, and the region is home to some of the best traditional seafood houses in New England, including those offering excellent shellfish. But just because the locals have access to great fresh fish does not mean that other types of food are unavailable here. Fine dining establishments are also numerous along with the typical Italian pizzerias and authentic international restaurants common to the region, including Asian and Portuguese eateries. The territory may be small, but the eating is big in Middletown and Portsmouth.