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In Newport RI this weekend need restaurant reco

Need one excellent Italian and another more farm to table type.

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  1. One of the better Italian restaurants is Ristorante Lucia and our favorite "farm to table" restaurant is Tallulah on Thames. Enjoy.

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    1. re: Dana1949

      That's what a couple told us last night at Castle Hill. Those two exact restaurants, thanks Dana!

      1. re: MKLDBoston

        Tallulah's menu changes quite often and is pricey, but it's worth trying. Wherever you decide to go for dinner, have a wonderful time.

        1. re: Dana1949

          We went to Tallulah's last night. It was so so good in every way!

          1. re: Alica

            Fluke is also farm to table (or dock to...) Perro Salado is another fave, fresh but more of a Mexican lean. Puerini's or Mamma Luisa's (different than Lucia's) for Italian

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            Puerini's Restaurant
            24 Memorial Blvd W, Newport, RI 02840

            Perro Salado
            19 Charles St, Newport, RI 02840

            1. re: 5thAndNowhere

              I've had just a drink and cheese plate at Fluke, would definately go back. Puerinni's has been a favorite for years! Love Mama louisa and Restaurant luccia. Perro Salado, went once and really liked it, not your average Mexican restaurant. Don't they have music some nights? I look forward to going back!

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              Perro Salado
              19 Charles St, Newport, RI 02840

              1. re: Alica

                Ive never seen music at Perro Salado but that doesnt mean anything. I love the patio in the summer. And the whole place is just really cute.

                Do you live in town? Youll have to tell us how the new Salvation is... And have you tried Fifth Element?

                1. re: 5thAndNowhere

                  I do not live in town, I actually wish I could get there more often! I could be wrong about the music. I thought someone told me that. I think it is cute there. Have not been to Salvation Cafe in awhile but not I'll have to make it a point to go!! I always loved their Pad Thai! It it under new ownership or did they just redo it?

                  1. re: 5thAndNowhere

                    I just looked at the website and the new Salvation Cafe is not opening until May 11.

                    1. re: 5thAndNowhere

                      The music at Perro Salado on Thursday is great - Honky Tonk Nights - you can sit outside (weather permitting) and listen, or crowd into the great small room where they play.

                      I think they have music on other nights, but not sure.

                      Fifth Element is also great - get very crowded on a weekend night! - Note - the autolink included here has the wrong address, they are now on Broadway at the other end of town.

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                      Fifth Element
                      111 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

                      Perro Salado
                      19 Charles St, Newport, RI 02840

                2. re: Alica

                  Tallulah is fantastic. Plan on spending time (2 1/2 hours for dinner) and $$$. It is well worth it. The bread and butter is a yummy start. I am not sure that the prix fix is worth it as so many of the choices have supplemental charges.We tried the cheese plate - good but not outstanding. I had the tomato salad which was good but not outstanding. The "Lobsta" was terrific. My husband had the swordfish which was also exceptional - nothing like swordfish that I have had elsewhere. We were too full for dessert but the chef gave us a chocolate caramel truffle which was divine. The lobster soup with mac and cheese looked and smelled great as did the chocolate dessert. great for a special occasion or date

                  1. re: LAC06488

                    We look forward to trying Thames Street Kitchen (TSK) also. I heard it was as good as Tallulah's.

                    1. re: Alica

                      I've only had one meal at TSK, but I can report that it is nothing like Tallulah's. The dishes are much simpler.

          2. Mamma luisa and Lucia's are owned by the same people but would highly recommend you choose mamma Luisa's - Great atmosphere and the food and service are fantastic. Talullah's is your choice for farm to table. Reservations needed at both in advance to get the times you want.

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            1. re: CheesyWiner

              Mamma Luisa never fails to disappoint...went in 2010 and then again last week..pasta's are terrific.. service is good...can't wait to go back

              1. re: LAC06488

                I always loved their sweet potato ravioli and they have nice bread, warm, out of the oven!