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Papa Razzi first opened its doors downtown on Dartmouth Street in 1989. The sunken space below sidewalk level was dark but brimming with passion, promise, and hospitality. An inspired team, led by famed restaurateur Charles Sarkis, wanted to bring a new style of Italian cooking to the East Coast. At a time in America when Italian cuisine was synonymous with heavy marinara, Papa Razzi committed to cooking only with light sauces and fresh ingredients. Where other Italian eateries’ sauces simmered for hours before serving, here everything was made to order, just how the guest requested. Breads were baked in house daily, wood-fired ovens churned out rustic flavors, and each pasta dish was served to al dente perfection. Guests loved the fresh take on culinary favorites, and a New England institution was born.

Since then, Papa Razzi has grown to three locations throughout eastern Massachusetts. It is poised for future growth and success with hospitality leader Newport Harbor at the helm. Newport Harbor is the proud owner and operator of the distinguished Newport Restaurant Group and Castle Hill Inn, a Relais & Chateau property nationally celebrated by Condé Nast and Food & Wine magazines. For more information visit

Today, Papa Razzi offers a sophisticated dining experience focused on fresh ingredients and unparalleled service. Its characteristic charm and unique culinary philosophy, born in that Boston basement, continue to win rave reviews from loyal guests and first-time visitors. Papa Razzi looks forward to serving the highest quality Italian cuisine while elevating its guest experience for years to come.

"The food!! It was amazing.. get the pantanzella salad! Couldn't recommend highly enough." Google Review

"I am lucky enough to travel to Florence Italy several times a year. This is the closest to Florence I have found." Gail Worsfold

"love the fact that we can sit up at the bar and watch our meal being made... Such Fun!!" Paris McVickar

"Fun to eat at the bar, they have a nice cocktail list. More importantly, the food is very good for every meal." Google Review

"After...tasting your food I can say I was absolutely blown away. Chef Cory even came by our table to take some time and talk to us after our meal and his hospitality ensured that I will be a repeat customer each and every time I am in the Boston area." Andrew Bell, TX

"The food choices are fantastic as well as the prices...the staff is friendly and bend over backwards to do what they can to make our meal perfect every time!" Paris McVickar

"Amazing food served every time. Bread sticks are as great as ever." Google Review

"I must say I LOVE Papa Razzi!  I am never ever disappointed by this restaurant. " Yelp

"One of my favorite places in the Rhode Island area to have a nice elegant experience. I meet a friend of mine here weekly to have lunch, wine, and gossip. The atmosphere is always up-scale and my glass is never left empty." Yelp

"This was a great place to eat for the whole family. The food was freshly made and they were very willing to accommodate dietary restrictions for our party. The food was excellent, the wine was tasty, and the service top notch! " Trip Advisor

"I absolutely love this restaurant. The service is very good, the ambience is comfortable yet elegant, and the food is wonderful!" Yelp

"You are welcomed the moment you walk in the door and the servers are always friendly and attentive. The portion sizes are large (you can order half-portions of salad and pasta) and the food is delicious." Trip Advisor

"Upon visiting your location on Newbury Street I can finally say that I have had the best Italian food ever in my life." Andrew Bell, TX

"Fabulous food, extensive wine list, attentive service, all in a trendy neighbourhood - this place is a gem!" Open Table

"The menu has plenty of variety but the pastas are favorites of my gluten-friendly friends. My best bets are the gnocchi and mushroom ravioli." Yelp