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May 7, 2009 03:42 PM

New Westerly, RI restaurant

I drove by the building where Nicola's restaurant used to be. There was a sign in the window that it is opening Monday as a new restaurant. I will find out the name. Does anyone know anything about it?

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  1. Wow! Was thinking of going to Nicola's tonight. When did they close?

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    1. re: Otto of Ledyard

      They closed late last fall. It was already on its last legs by early summer. We had a birthday dinner there on a Sat. evening and there were maybe 6 other people dining there the entire evening. They had a skeleton staff and the meal was pretty disappointing. Don't know what's going in yet. Will post as soon as we find out.

      1. re: Joltingjoey

        So far I only know the name, Serapo. I can't fiqure out what kind of restaurant it will be. I had such high hopes for Nichola's! I guess there still is Maria's, aren't they connected somehow?

        1. re: Alica

          Maria's is owned by the Bellone's, who also owned Nicola's. Maria's has been a favorite of ours for about 12 years, but they've become very pricey, which is not surprising since it's seasonal and relies on the tourist trade.

          The new place is also Italian (Ristorante Serapo). It's a great old building, but way off the tourist beat, so they'll have to advertise like crazy if they want the summer beach trade.

          1. re: Joltingjoey

            Ugh... I was just thinking that Westerly needs another Italian restaurant (not !!!!) .....

            1. re: coastalgypsy

              What we REALLY need is a combination pizza & donut shop. LOL

              1. re: Joltingjoey

                Every "new restaurant in Westerly" post seems to lead us to the same discussion ... ha ha ha

              2. re: coastalgypsy

                I guess I'll take what I can get, PLEASE just be good!! I did like Bruna's table! I just need a restaurant that is for those nights when I don't feel like cooking, but I still want a great meal.

        2. re: Otto of Ledyard

          It's called Serapo, named after a town in Italy. Italian food of course. My first experience was good right after they had just opened. Prices were very fair and portions large. The Veal Marsala was delicious. We ate in the bar and it was comfortable with great service. Will go back again soon for a better review.

        3. Ristorante Serapo opened on monday 5/11/09 I went there for dinner with my wife on thursday. The large menu is mostly traditional Italian, the prices very fair, the food and service: excellent. I had veal, my wife eggplant parmigiana, both really great. Had an excellent ceasar salad, too. Cocktails are generous and the staff has an upbeat attitude. Kitchen seems to be running smoothly. No advertising, no website and still there was a good crowd just from word of mouth. Atmosphere similar to what Nicola's had, very pleasant and clean. Looks like a winner this time around.

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          1. re: tfbriels

            Thanks for the report. Looks promising. I wonder if you've tried Bruna's Table, and if so, how Serapo compares as far as quality & price?

            1. re: Joltingjoey

              you guys are cruel, now I'm really hungry