We ate at the Spiced Pear for our first meal on Friday evening and it was spectacular: tremendous wine list, delicious crab cakes, lamb, wild boar. The service was respectable but not at the level of the cuisine. We would definitely go back in a heart beat.
After the Spiced Pear, it was downhill fast in Newport. We had heard good things about Flo's and, I must say, it had the look of a wonderful, local seafood dive joint. What a disappointment! Gelatinous chowder that was more potato soup than clam chowder and soggy fried clams with cold Sodexho french fries. Local charm, my a##.
We also went to Puerini's (sp?) the final night and it was middling. Nice fresh pasta and some truly impressive veal (their specialty, with good reason), but the marinara on the pasta was sickly sweet and about 3x too much. The antipasta was terrible and the service (granted, new waitress) was a disaster. Get the veal to go........
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