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New Westerly, RI restaurant

Alica May 7, 2009 03:42 PM

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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    tfbriels May 17, 2009 09:02 AM

    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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      Joltingjoey May 19, 2009 05:42 AM

      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?

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        mysticquest Jun 19, 2009 03:29 PM

        you guys are cruel, now I'm really hungry

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      Otto of Ledyard May 9, 2009 12:24 PM

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

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        Joltingjoey May 9, 2009 02:58 PM

        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.

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          Alica May 10, 2009 04:37 AM

          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?

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            Joltingjoey May 10, 2009 06:02 AM

            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.

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              coastalgypsy May 12, 2009 05:04 AM

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

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                Joltingjoey May 12, 2009 05:16 AM

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

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                  coastalgypsy May 12, 2009 08:14 AM

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

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                  Alica May 12, 2009 07:18 PM

                  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
            tfbriels Aug 20, 2009 07:41 AM

            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.

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