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Jul 17, 2006 12:02 PM

Trattoria Simpatico in Jamestown RI: Awful

Based on a few recs on this board I took three guests to Trattoria Simpatico in Jamestown. I have to say I was blown away with how bad the food was. First the good point: the outdoor dining area is cute. Loud, obnoxious, but cute. But the food. Yikes. Its like they know what good food is supposed to look like, what good food is supposed to be composed of, yet have no idea what good food taste like. I had the Paella; or in my mind bits of overcooked seafood and chicken stuck in dry rice. The one tasty bit was a nice chunk of chicken that had the correct texture. I did have to add tons of salt and pepper to add flavor, a sin in a place as expensive as this. Two others had the Capallini and gulf shrimp. Again pepper and salt had to be added. The sauce, and thats being nice to call it that, tasted at best like water that some greens had boiled in. I thought it tasted something like dish water, but perhaps I was being harsh. The pasta, overcooked and sticky, not a nice combo. Ok, you get the drift. No point going on. For what its worth I live in NY and am spoiled by the wealth of good food. Perhaps I hit a bad night. Please let me know if I am way of base.

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  1. That makes me so sad! I love the setting, but the one time I had dinner there (last summer) my dining companion and I were both decidedly underwhelmed wasn't awful but I guess I couldn't even call it good. Sounds like it has gotten even worse. I'll never get over being stunned when a restaurant can't get the basics right.....pasta and rice cooked to the proper consistency, steaks and burgers cooked to order, etc. If you're not capable of doing that, why open a restaurant?

    1. Are you local? Try Bay Leaves in Wickford.....I've been meaning to go but haven't gotten there yet. I've heard very good things about it and they also have outdoor seating.

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      1. re: JaneRI

        I live in New York. My wife is from South County and we spend a great deal of our summer in Charlestown. I get the feeling Trattoria is living of the fumes of past good reviews. I have to say its been tough finding a nice place not in Providence. I will try Bay leaves.

        1. re: driggs

          Try Maria's in Misquamicutt on Atlantic Ave. Captain Tim's Galley has decent Portuguese food. Not chic, but friendly and clean. Route #1 across from Stonington HS in a strip mall. Will try Bay Leaves next time down.

      2. oh and thanks for the heads up on Simpatico.

        1. Do you drive up from NY? If so, I'd highly recommend Up River Cafe in Westerly. Beautiful patio on the river, attentive service, inventive well-prepared food. Do a keyword search, you'll find the menu online.

          1. Our summer house is not far from Westerly. Up River Cafe has been on our radar for some time, but have not yet gotten a chance. Perhaps sometime soon. I would love Portuguese, so Marcos suggestion of Captain Tim's Galley sounds nice. My guess is to stick to Provedince for Protuguese.

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            1. re: driggs

              UpRiver is HIGHLY overrated and overpriced