Rhode Island is busting at the seams with amazing local restaurants. In just about every town you’re sure to find a wonderful family owned and operated establishment. It’s also pretty likely this family run restaurant serves classic Italian food accompanied by thick accents. Here are 10 Mom & Pop restaurants in Rhode Island.
1. Frank and John's From Italy, East Greenwich
Frank and John's From Italy serves amazing classic Italian cuisine in addition to its wonderful pizza. It has been a family run operation for more than 50 years and we hope they'll never leave!
2. Aunt Carrie's Restaurant, Narragansett
Aunt Carrie's might have one of the most exciting histories around. It was started in the 1920s and is credited for inventing the oh so very important Rhode Island foot staple known as the clam cake. The family that runs it continues to take their food very seriously, making this a must see place.
3. Constantino's Venda Ravioli, Providence
Venda Ravioli is located in the heart of Federal Hill. Not only does this family run a traditional italian deli and store front, the restaurant just next door is also to die for.
4. Louis Family Restaurant, Providence
This decades-old diner style restaurant is a much loved hang out located on the East Side of Providence. It's a great place to go when you're craving a no frills home cooked meal in Providence.
5. Gary's Handy Lunch, Newport
Gary's Handy Lunch is a perfect Mom & Pop breakfast and lunch spot in Newport. The retro decor adds to the cozy atmosphere you'll find here.
6. Olneyville N.Y. System, Providence
Few places are as classically Rhode Island as Olneyville N.Y. System. Not only is this everyone's favorite place to go for a hot wiener, they also serve other classic home style options. It has been family owned and operated for decades.
7. Lindy's Tavern, Slatersville
Lindy's Tavern in Slatersville is a neighborhood hang out for locals in the area. They serve legendary fish and chips and have a super friendly waitstaff.
8. Chester's Restaurant, Harmony
Chester's has been family owned and operated since 1995. They pride themselves on being a comfortable and affordable restaurant with unforgettable food. Find them in Harmony. You won't regret your visit!
9. Crow's Nest, Warwick
The Crow's Nest is a sought out destination for seafood lovers in the state. From amazing lobster dinners to delicious chowder and so much more, this family owned restaurant is out of this world.
10. Barcellos Family Restaurant, Tiverton
Barcellos is an amazing Mom & Pop restaurant serving a combination of Italian, Portguguese, Spanish, and American style cuisine. The menu here offers an exciting array of locally caught seafood entrees, mouth watering appetizers, and more.