New England cuisine isn’t just about seafood and sweets — Rhode Island also has some of the highest-rated Italian restaurants in the whole country. From Andino’s Italian Restaurant in Providence to Lucia’s Italian Restaurant in Newport, here are the 10 best Italian restaurants in Rhode Island.
Andino’s Italian Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant in Providence’s Federal Hill (“Little Italy”) neighborhood. Since 1988, Andino’s has offered a casual ambiance with delicious food, representing the Federal Hill neighborhood. If you’re unsure what to order, try their antipasto sampler or ask their excellent servers for recommendations.
If you’re looking for a casual pizza joint, Cosmic Pizza, Steak, and Wieners is the place to choose. They serve fresh pizza with various toppings, and even have a square-shaped pizza. Guests also love their calzones and chicken wings.
Lucia is the best place for vegetarians. They have an entirely vegetarian menu filled with appetizers, entrees, and pizzas. You can also request gluten-free options for all meals.
La Masseria offers a top dining experience. From La Masseria’s inception, the owners teamed up with an interior designer to bring the Italian countryside to New England. This restaurant also offers some of the most authentic food in Rhode Island – owners Peppe Iuele, Enzo Ruggiero, and Pino Coladonato are all Italian.
Pasquela’s is the place to choose if you want an exquisite pizza. They serve thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizza straight from a wood-burning oven. Pasquela’s imports all ingredients from Campania, Italy, and they even hold a VPN (Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana) certification.
Macera’s is the place to go if you want classic Italian dishes that aren’t pasta. You can substitute gnocchi for any pasta, and they offer a massive land and sea menu. Macera’s also offers a holiday seafood menu – perfect if you want something different for Christmas dinner.
Spumoni’s is a popular weekend spot. They have a bar with various beer, wine, and cocktail options. Make sure you save room for one of their delicious appetizers with your drink.
Regulars love going to Savini’s Pomodoro during the summer. They offer a beautiful terrace that’s perfect when the weather is nice. Their menu is also very diverse, offering American dishes to exquisite Italian meals.
If you’re craving New York-style Italian food in Rhode Island, Casa Della Luce is the place to go. They offer gourmet Italian-American food and are especially renowned for their pizza. If you would rather choose pasta, all their sauce is homemade and always fresh.
As the name suggests, La Familia is a family-owned restaurant that combines the best of Italian and Portuguese food. They also serve New England staples, such as clam chowder. The Rhode Island restaurant opened in 2016, but was initially formed in Massachusetts.