My husband and I just returned form a 5 night stay in Newport.
First of all, for all you Asterick fans out there... not to worry. I got the story from the restaurant itself. I am happy to report they are not for sale and are continuing business as usual. Their bakery (Boulasserie on Spring Street) that supplies freshly baked bread to Astericks is also continuing business as usual. They had their sister restaurant, La Petit Auberge, up for sale but have rescinded the sale of the restaurant. Apparently, it was not doing well as La Petit Auberge (Country French cuisine) and they changed it to A&O fish house. Business is better and they have decided to keep it going as A&O.
We stayed at Castle Hill in a beach house. It was a wonderful stay as usual. The weather was better for this trip then is was when we stayed this past July. During July is rained every day but during our stay this time it was sunny and temperate. We were able to enjoy sitting on our porch watching the waves crash and hike the craggy sea shore.
We tried a new restaurant on this trip and although it was good it wasn't great. We went to Mamma Luisa's. The bread on the table was not good at all, not expectable for Italian fare anyway. We started our meal with brusetta, made on the same bread, it was so, so. My husband had an appetizer size Pasta Carbonara... much too salty. I had a special, baccala (basically reconstituted, salted cod)again... much too salty. It needed more attention in it's preparation. My husband had stuffed pork loin for his entrée and it was very good. All, in all an OK meal, not great. Our best meals during this visit were at Astericks and West Deck. At West Deck I had sautéed scallops with linguine (a special), it was delicious. My husband had the filet mignon, also delicious. At Astericks I had a butternut squash, pumpkin soup (very fall like) and filet of sole Wellington (filet of sole, encrusted in crab meat and baked in a pastry shell.) My husband had lobster bisk and steak. It was very good. For desert (which we usually do not indulge in) we had crape suzette, also excellent.
All in all is was a great trip and the down time we needed. I highly recommend trying Newport in the off season. It is a pleasant experience.