“We’ve always talked about doing something with food because our clients are always complaining they can’t cook, they don’t have the time, they don’t know how to cook and make it healthy and taste good, so we decided, ‘Let’s do this,'" explained D'Arezzo. "As we were talking about it and planning for it, this space became available so it’s a perfect opportunity."
There are two takeout menus – one for Flex Appeal clients who are on a nutrition plan and one for the general public. The food is prepared only after it's ordered, by Ianiero. For him, the cafe is a return to the restaurant business that was his first career.
Ianiero owned restaurants in New York City, Chicago and St. Louis, but changed careers after getting to know some Olympic trainers who frequented his last restaurant in New York. At that point, he recalled, he was 50 pounds overweight. He started working out and got out of the restaurant business and into the fitness biz.He returned to Rhode Island, where he was from, and eventually opened Flex Appeal. That's how D’Arezzo met him. She started working out with Ianiero 11 years ago, looking to get in shape after having children. It was such a success, D'Arezzo ended up leaving real estate and started working at Flex Appeal as a trainer herself.
The offerings at Change Your Body Cafe include appetizers, salads, soup and entrees – all familiar dishes (chicken parmesan, meatballs, sole Milanese) but made with organic produce, pastured and grass-fed meats, and wild caught seafood. It's packaged in oven-ready containers (microwaving the food is not encouraged).
"It all comes down to good quality, fresh food," said Ianiero.
Change Your Body Cafe, 207 Main St., East Greenwich, is open M-F from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 11:30 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sundays 12:30 to 6 p.m. 401-234-4437.