The 10 Best Pasta Places in Rhode Island!

In America, pasta is not hard to find. Great handmade pasta, well, that’s a different matter. Luckily the smallest state in the nation has some answers, and from seafood alfredo to stuffed manicotti, you can find that good stuff throughout the Ocean State. Come along as we count down the 10 best places for pasta in Rhode Island. 

1. Marchetti's Restaurant, Cranston, RI

Family-owned and operated, Marchetti’s dishes out home-style Italian eat in a wood-adorned atmosphere with outdoor seating. Established in 1982, Marchetti’s is owned by brothers David and Donald Marchetti and has been featured on ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Find freshly made Italian fare like penne a la vodka, seafood alfredo, veal marsala, and more.

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2. Twin Oaks Restaurant, Cranston, RI

Established in 1933, this enduring eatery boasts multiple dining rooms as well as Italian-American comfort food. We are talking handmade or imported macaroni and spaghetti with Italian sausage or meatballs, cheese ravioli, and veal cutlet. No matter what you choose, though, every dish is made fresh to order, the same way it has been for over 80 years.

3. Spumoni’s, Pawtucket, RI

Founded on the principle that food should be shared to be enjoyed, this iconic traditional Italian spot has roots going back to 1916. You will find a robust menu that features handmade pasta, seafood, and other Italian favorites, such as linguini with clam sauce, stuffed manicotti, and baked stuffed lasagna. Of course, you’ll find unique offerings, too like Shrimp Sumoni, Grandpa’s Seafood, and more. 

4. Dan’s Place, Greenwich, RI

Dan Place started out as Dan’s Pizza Place, and this barn-style restaurant still offers unique pizzas and other pub fares, as you might expect. But they also have some of the best pasta around, and you will love the traditional, meaty lasagna, the mac & cheese, the chicken and broccoli alfredo, and the roasted garlic shrimp over linguini.

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5. Uncle Tony’s Pizza and Pasta, Multiple locations

Established in 1969 by Edward A. Carosi, Uncle Tony’s offers pizza, pasta, and other Italian fares in a spot with a 1920s vibe and antique jukeboxes at each table. The restaurant is an homage to his grandmother, who he remembers cooking with as a kid. They still make food the old fashioned way at Tonys’, from the garden to the table. Find locations in Cranston, Johnston, and Providence. 

6. The Big Cheese and Pub, Cranston, RI

This longtime spot offers a full bar, pizzas, pasta, calzones, and other Italian specialties, like hand-made pasta. The Big Cheese has been in business for over 45 years as the neighborhood pizza shop known for making everything from scratch. The atmosphere is relaxed and consistency and quality are the codes of honor. Try a thin crust Pizza Giardiniera today.

7. Trattoria Romana, Lincoln, RI

With Roman specialties and traditional Italian fare on the menu, you are sure to be in for an old world good time. Chef Luciano Canova was born just outside of Rome, Italy, where food was always plentiful and fresh and people friendly. Taking these memories from his youth, he knew he wanted to combine old-world Italian preparations with classic American styles. The result is dishes like Calamari Fritti, Spaghetti E Pollo Genovese, and Spaghetti Alio E Olio.

8. Luigi's Restaurant & Gourmet Express, Johnston, RI

Luigi and Antonette Battista established Luigi’s in 1971 based on serving exceptional Italian foods and relaying their own family traditions or friends, family, food, and great value. You’ll find house-made traditional Italian fare, signature cocktails, and an onsite take-out deli featuring dishes like homemade lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and spiced olives.

9. Nikolas Pizza, Newport, RI

Established is famous for their thin crust pizzas, their lasagna, and their spinach pies. But their menu also features house-made Italian favorites like meatballs, linguini with red or white clam sauce, alfredo, and eggplant, chicken and veal parmesan. And if you are not in the mood for pasta, we highly recommend checking out the Italiano thin crust pizza with prosciutto, artichoke hearts, pine nuts, and fresh basil.

10. Macera's Italian Restaurant, Cranston, RI

Macera’s offers authentic Italian fare and pizza served in a lively atmosphere featuring wall murals and a skylight. Established in 1995, the food at Macera’s is always fresh and cooked to order, and the menu features traditional and unique dishes like shrimp and beans, spinach tortellini, pasta with wild mushrooms and Chicken Macera. 

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