Cafe Itri – Rhode Island

Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week

Caffe Itri, named after the small town in the Lazo Region of Italy, is located in the Knightsville section of Cranston, RI, about 15 minutes southwest of Providence. Owner and Executive Chef Greg Spremulli, a second generation Itrani, has been serving delicious traditional and contemporary southern Italian cuisine to locals as well as visitors from the surrounding towns since the caffe opened it’s doors in 1990. While they do not have a separate gluten-free menu, I was informed by the server that gluten-free pasta was available, and most items could be modified to be gluten-free. I ordered the special of the night, a swordfish steak, which was cooked to perfection and was complemented by a lightly sweetened sauce. I decided to substitute the risotto for a nice array of grilled vegetables. Though the server did not provide me with any extra assurance that the chef and kitchen staff were well aware of cross contamination issues, etc. my meal arrived without any ‘obvious’ gluten, and I assume there was nothing “hidden”, as I felt quite well the next day. I look forward to my return to Caffe Itri!

For the wine enthusiast: Winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, 2003 thru 2010, Caffe Itri offers a fine selection (250) of wines. If you prefer a beer, unfortunately at the time we dined there (May 2011), they did not offer any gluten-free beer, though it was kindly suggested, so perhaps they will consider adding to their ‘spirits’ menu!

A small-scale restaurant, the indoor seating area is nicely situated & provided diner privacy. There is additional seating in the bar area, as well as on the outdoor terrace. Reservations recommended for parties over 6. Our smaller group did not have a reservation, but we arrived at 5:00, and seating was not a problem. Live jazz performances on Wednesday and Friday nights, on the outdoor terrace. Closed on Sundays, and only open for Dinner on Saturday evenings. Family friendly.