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Boston Restaurant Blog -- January, 2008

Sunday, January 6, 2008

New Year's Eve Dinner at Sardella's, Newport, RI

I usually stay local for New Year's Eve, but this year, we decided to go to Newport to celebrate. And after researching several restaurants including Puerini's, Mamma Luisa, and Cafe Zelda, we decided on an Italian place on Memorial Boulevard called Sardella's, mainly because they had both specials and their regular menu, and they had seating available at 7:00 in the evening.

Sardella's is a spacious restaurant, with seating for maybe 250 people. All five rooms are cozy and attractive, with the front room perhaps being the most appealing. We were able to get seated in this room, getting a table next to the fireplace and a few feet away from the windows that looked out at the boulevard.

Even though it was crowded, our server came over to the table immediately, taking our drink order. The Crosspoint Pinot Noir from Monterey, CA was delightfully buttery and mild, but the dirty martini was so salty that it was almost undrinkable. We started with a decent Cesar salad as well as some delicious garlic bread, then moved onto the main entrees. The spinaci di tortalloni was a marvelous dish of large pasta pockets filled with smoked mozzarella and spinach, and served in a red pepper pesto cream sauce, while the gemilini e pollo al fungi was simply outstanding, with slightly chewy twisted pasta, portabella mushrooms, and grilled chicken served in a slightly bitter gorgonzola cream sauce. We struggled to finish our meals, as portions were fairly good sized (and the appetizers had filled us up a bit), and we passed on dessert.

Sardella's was indeed a terrific New Year's Eve experience, and gave us a great last meal of 2007. I am hoping to get back there sometime in 2008, perhaps even for a quick Saturday evening trip, as Newport is little more than an hour from the Boston area.

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