Saturday, May 10, 2014


Tagliatelle al Pesce
Caprese al Pesto
Newport, Rhode Island isn't all about lobster and clam bakes. You can find one of the best Italian restaurants around in Newport, Mamma Luisa Ristorante Italiano.

Start off your meal with a basket of their warm Italian bread. It's so good. Go for a bellini or some wine to drink. Apps include a mixed greens salad, goat cheese salad, cheese plate, antipasto and brushette. I can highly recommend their "Caprese al Pesto." The tomatoes and mozzarella couldn't be any fresher. It's all topped off with pesto sauce, basil and olives.

For dinner, Mamma Luisa's menu is filled with all of the Italian favorites. Pastas include bolognese, carbonara and gnocchi. The "tagliatelle al pesce" is to die for. It comes with a hearty portion of egg ribbon pasta, topped off with plump shrimp and sea scallops. It's amazing. This dish is even served on a fish-shaped plate. Not in the mood for pasta? You can also enjoy veal, baked pork tenderloin, sirloin steak and seared tuna steak. By the way, the owner's wife is a vegetarian, so there are also a bunch of vegetarian meals on the menu including butternut squash ravioli and egg pasta with a vegetable bolognese sauce.

I can't rave about Mamma Luisa Ristorante Italiano enough. You'll definitely want to make a reservation the next time you're in Newport.


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