Il Forno Italiano opens in Newport at location of former Archetype, Via Via

Jul 19, 2019 526

There's a new pizza restaurant in town where Archetype Pizza Co. was, and before that, Via Via. Il Forno Italiano opened around two weeks ago at 372 Thames St. “In addition to the wood-fired pizza, we have an Italian menu as well. Pasta, lasagnas, etc. From what I’ve been told so far, it’s superior,” owner David Drake told The Daily News. He said he is not related to any of the former pizza shop owners in any way.

You can still get that post-bar slice (or two), however, as the restaurant is open daily until 2 a.m. And by the end of the month, Drake will open Lobster Roll Heaven next door in the other half of the same building. “The lobster roll section is a new concept for the area. Most places you have to get table service... Not like buying slices of pizza, where can you step up and get a roll and take it with you,” Drake said. He said Lobster Roll heaven will have a limited menu, but will be “very high quality and grab-and-go.”

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