657 Park Ave., Portsmouth | 401-293-5844
Business Hours: Wednesday-Thursday & Sunday, 11:30am-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 11:30am-10pm | Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner | Cusine: Seafood, Italian | Atmosphere: Casual | Price Range: $$ | Alcohol: Full bar | Outdoor Seating: Yes | Reservations: Yes | Kid Friendly: Yes | Parking: Street, Private Lot | Credit Cards Accepted: Yes | Delivery: No
Enjoy quality, affordable dining on the quiet side of Aquidneck Island. Nestled at the tip of the island in Porstmouth's scenic Island Park area, Scampi is a local favorite for seafood, Italian specialties and great steaks. Its location provides expansive waterviews of the beautiful Sakonnet River in either direction – the perfect place to enjoy a sunset over the bay with your meal.
Scampi is centrally located, making it an easy drive from nearby Newport, Tiverton or Bristol. It's right off Route 24 or a simple jump over the Mt. Hope Bridge. In addition to the sweeping views offered from the dining room, there is also patio seating (pictured left), providing the perfect al fresco setting over the bay.
The food at Scampi runs the gamut of ocean-fresh seafood, traditional Italian favorites, and expertly prepared steaks. The seafood ranges from New England classics like fried Rhode Island haddock and stuffies, to international interpretations, like the Portuguese-style Shrimp Mozambique (beer, shallots, garlic, crushed red pepper and Portuguese seasoning) or the Italian Clams Fra Diavolo with a spicy red seafood sauce. The steaks are all Black Angus, grilled exactly to your liking. Pasta choices include everything from a simple Carbonara sauce to a decadent Blue Crab Ravioli in a light sherry cream sauce. Add in brick oven pizza, soups and sandwiches, and there's something for every appetite.
Whether you're looking for a family friendly place for dinner, to watch a game and meet friends in the lounge area, or a table with a view for a romantic night out, Scampi always provides quality food and generous portions at fare prices. They are also available for your next event and can accommodate groups up to 100 people.
Can't-Miss Dish: The Scampi (duh): Your choice of clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops or lobster with fresh garlic, butter and first-press olive oil.