Marchetti's, worth a 4 hour drive!
1463 Park Ave, Cranston RI
I had to travel to the Providence Rhode Island area on the spur of the moment to expedite business where phone/US Mail would have taken a month. I left NJ with 3 hours sleep and over 4 hours later I made it. Fortunately I knew someone in the area and remembered this person raving about Marchetti’s years and years ago (who graciously accompanied me). What a coincidence, part of the trip required a drive to Cranston, and Marchetti’s was just a short trip up New London/Budlong Aves. This was on Thursday August 8 around 12:30PM. When we arrived the place was crowded…a sign of popularity. We were seated within 10 minutes! Service was extraordinary. The only dilemma was deciding on meal since there were an abundance of selections. My choice was either the Seafood Marinara OR Lasagna …I wanted something with tomato sauce. I went with the Lasagna and the other went with the Seafood Marinara (chopped clams, shrimp, scallops on top of linguine...+ mmm mmm sauce). When the meal arrived I did have a taste of the Seafood Marinara and it was so good that I wondered if I should have gone with that. However the lasagna was also extraordinary. This was a huge portion with an abundance and cheese & meat …just right…so well prepared! Wow, that seafood marinara had tons of shrimp and scallops…and the taste was superb! Also highly recommend the fried calamari appetizer. The calamari app was a huge portion of small rings and an unbelievable red sauce to dip in…that red sauce was perfect. I could not believe the good prices, quantity, and quality of food. The establishment was nice and had plenty of parking. It made the 4 hour drive worth it!!!