2006-11-02 / About Town

What's for dinner?

Jamestown restaurants participate in Newport County Restaurant Week
By Sam Bari

Put your palates and taste buds on the alert. The first annual Newport County Restaurant week is just around the corner. From Nov. 6 to 12 more than 35 restaurants in Newport County will participate in this much anticipated week-long celebration.

Two of the finest are in Jamestown, the Bay Voyage Inn and Restaurant and Trattoria Simpatico. Make reservations early and try them both.

"For the Newport Restaurant Week, we will be offering a fabulous three-course dinner for $29.39 per person," said General Manager Colleen Arruda of the Bay Voyage Inn and Restaurant at 150 Conanicus Ave. "Our Executive Chef Michael Civali really outdid himself with this menu. I think this event will make more people from offisland aware of the fine dining that can be enjoyed at the Bay Voyage," she said.

The first course includes a house salad of mixed greens, preserved tomatoes, cucumbers and a choice of dressing.

The entrée's are grilled salmon filet with herbed risotto and tomato coulis; chicken piccatta with whipped potatoes and sautéed vegetables; eight-hour, slow-braised pork shank with mashed potatoes and braising liquid reduction; veal parmesan over penne with plum tomato sauce; steak frites: grilled top sirloin with fried potatoes, and maitre d' hotel butter.

Desserts include homemade hazelnut tiramisu and cinnamon and sugar waffle with homemade ice cream and rum-butter sauce.

For reservations at the Bay Voyage, call 423-2100.

If that isn't enough to turn the average gourmet into a dedicated gourmand, try these offerings from Trattoria Simpatico at 13 Narragansett Ave.

Owner Phyllis Bedard, Executive Chef Chris Carruba and the staff invite guests to their relaxing, yet sophisticated trattoria during Restaurant Week. They will be offering a five-course tasting menu with tempting items such as roasted duck breast with cranberry-walnut stuffing, grilled sirloin with celeriac puree and crumbled gorgonzola, or bouillabaisse with scallops, shrimp, mussels, salmon, and littlenecks simmered in a saffron tomato broth just to name a few.

"This is a fantastic offer that will give guests a real sense of the great food and atmosphere that can be enjoyed at Trattoria Simpatico. That's what we want to accomplish. I highly recommend making reservations to ensure seating," said Bedard.

The five-course prix-fix menu is $29.39 per guest. The price does not include tax or gratuity and is not available on Saturday night.

For reservations at Trattoria Simpatico, call 423-3731.

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