This Boston-based chain may have recently been partly or totally sold to a Rhode Island restaurant group, but nothing seems to have been lost in translation. We're from Boston and our friends are from southeastern Connecticut, so we settled on Papa Razzi at Garden City Shopping Center in Cranston as a convenient meeting spot for a casual Saturday evening dinner. P.R. consistently delivers an excellent product, and this time was no exception.
Our Saturday 6pm reservation was waiting for us, and we enjoyed top-notch food and service. The waiter was there when we needed him, but wasn't trying to over-do the experience, and gave us our space once he saw we weren't in a hurry. In fact, we hogged the table for three hours, but were mindful of that as while they were turning tables like crazy, they never quite got totally full so it was clear that we weren't holding things up.
Everyone had a different pasta dish - all pronouced as very good. My wife and I shared a Caesar Salad; the friends shared Calamari - both excellent. They shared home-made Tirimasu; we shared home-made Apple Crisp - again, excellent. All in, dinner including one round of wine-by-glass was about $170 pre-tip - good value for the money.
The decor is nice and Tuscan-looking; in fact, even a little nicer than other P.R.s we have eaten at in the Boston area. Nothing exotic or extravagant here at Papa Razzi, but it was as good as ever. Let's hope new ownership doesn't screw up a good thing.
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