Friday, November 4, 2011


Newport Restaurant Week runs from today, November 4, through November 13 and includes restaurants in neighboring towns. At Persimmon (31 State Street, Bristol  401-254-747) it's $30 for a prix fixe dinner but you must call ahead to reserve. Here's the menu:

First Course
• Native butternut squash soup with Persimmon Provisions lamb sausage, apples, shaved chestnuts and petite sage
• Cool salad of Narragansett Creamery mozzarella, petite herbs, La Quercia coppa, hazelnuts, saba and extra virgin olive oil
• Slow poached native farm egg with sunchoke purée, grilled scallions, beech mushrooms and mushroom broth

Second Course
• Painted Hills beef hangar steak with yukon gold potato gratin, native horseradish and turnip purée
• Slow roasted loup de mer with citrus-braised endives, roasted potatoes and fresh thyme
• A ragout of braised Vermont pork shoulder, belly and pork sausage, sweet potatoes, apples and brussels sprout leaves

Third Course
• Native pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream and caramel ice cream
• Yogurt and vanilla panna cotta with poached cranberries, white chocolate tuile and walnut praline

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