Olivia Culpo shares her favorite RI restaurants. We made the list!

Olivia Culpo, a Rhode Island native, is a fashion influencer, model and actress, most known for winning the Miss Universe title is 2012. She recently posted an “Ask Me Anything” on Instagram and when a follower asked for her favorite restaurants, one of South County Commons’ very own made the list (not surprisingly;)).


Pasquale’s Pizzeria

Location: 59 South County Commons Way, Wakefield

“He is top 12 in the USA for pizza,” Culpo said, alluding to his ranking in the prestigious Guide to the Best Pizzerias in the World. They make a Neapolitan style pizza.

Call us biased but we 100% agree. Take our (and Olivia’s) word for it…you won’t be disappointed!

Here’s what our friends at Providence Monthly also said about the Pasquale’s experience:

Italy  →  Wakefield

Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana

The Village at South County Commons

Originally from Naples, owner Pasquale Illiano has assembled a savory menu of pizza (more on that below), salads, piatti (sharing platters), sandwiches, antipasto, and sfizi – a bit of this and that – including cozy faves like Pasta e Faglio soup, and Pasta e Patate (pasta with potatoes and cheeses).

Classic Cuisine: The Neapolitan Pizza, or Naples-style pizza, is from the birthplace of pizza itself. Pasquale’s pizza has achieved a prestigious VPN status, meaning it is considered Verace Pizza Napoletana (“true Neapolitan pizza”). These pizzas have a thin bubbly crust and are made with the freshest ingredients, including tomatoes from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Unlike American-style pizza, these aren’t pre-sliced. They are cooked the Italian way, in a special oven, and have earned a spot in the Top 50 Pizzas USA.

Recommended for Newcomers: Margherita, the “basic” pizza, is made with San Marzano tomatoes, basil leaves, fior di latte mozzarella (although it’s worth upgrading to the Buffalo mozzarella). In Italy, you can gauge how good a pizzeria is by their Margherita pie. Let this be the standard you hold all other pizzas to.