Spaghetti Carbonara at Pasta Beach in Newport.
It was the first place we went to dine after arriving in Newport, RI on Friday evening for our annual week of food and touring. Of course, it was mobbed. It always is. Even with the move to a new, much more spacious location on Bellevue Avenue. Pasta Beach is just one of the favorite restaurants of locals and visitors alike.
The new design is contemporary sleek with, as stated, much more room allowing for bigger groups as well as intimate nooks, a big, very popular, bar in the back and a long, marble counter that runs the length of the open kitchen. That's where we sat the first night. It was a simple Margherita Pizza cooked to perfection in the brick oven and a glass of cold local brew, Flying Jenny from Grey Sail Brewing. They rotate the local beers every week.
If it wasn't for the snippets of English spoken in hushed tones you would swear you're in a small, contemporary restaurant somewhere in Italy. The pastas, salads and pizzas are simply prepared and quickly served. The Italian mandate of the highest possible quality of just a few ingredients dictates the menu.
On the last night there were glasses of rosé from a decent wine list in the $12-$15 range.
The Tagliatelle Asparagi e Prosciutto: asparagus, Parma Prosciutto, cream, Parmiagiano Reggiano and parsley.
The portion sizes are just right and so are the prices for the quality ingredients in a sophisticated setting. No wonder it is so popular with the locals. They also have a Boston restaurant at Rowe's Wharf that we have yet to try. So now that's yet another summer goal to add to the list.
Pasta Beach Newport
138 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840