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Paul's Pasta Shop

223 Thames Street, Groton, CT, 06340

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Paul's Pasta Shop

223 Thames Street, Groton, CT, 06340

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Phone: 860-445-5276

If there is one thingPaul’s Pasta Shop knows best, it's pasta! Not just any pasta though; this Italian restaurant has been serving fresh handmade pasta since 1988, and diners can't seem to get enough.Their passion for delicious Italian food has earned Paul's Pasta Shop a reputation as the best Italian restaurant in Groton, with several Readers’ Choice Awards in Connecticut Magazine to prove it, including ""Best Vegetarian"" and ""Best Value.

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Steven DeJong

28 April 2019

Amazing place for lunch and dinner. I had the full size portion of the spaghetti pie. Oh my goodness!! A huge piece!! Gotta get a cannoli for dessert too. They're the best!!

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Andrew Cruz

28 April 2019

Best Italian food i've had. I waited 20 minutes outside for a seat and would do it again in a heartbeat. Once we got seated we got drinks quickly and the food came out quickly and spot on. To this day I still think the best fried chicken I've ever had is on their chicken Alfredo. Couldn't recommend them enough if you want an amazing Italian experience. More...

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Artur Ulatowski

28 April 2019

Visited the place right before lunch rush. It definitely gets busy during during lunch even on the weekends. Parking is definitely a pain there is only few spots around back and not a lot of parking on the street. Otherwise place is very small and cozy. If you get the right table you will be able to look over the Thames River and the ferries that go back and from New London. Otherwise as the name suggest they specialize in pasta dishes and all of their pasta is super fresh and made in house. However if pasta is not your jam then you will find something else on the menu. Food was pretty delicious. More...

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Jessica Plugge

28 April 2019

I wish I could box this place up, put it in my pocket, and take it home with me. I came here two years ago while visiting a friend and made a great pilgrimage back the other day so I could bring my husband and share the delicious. All my hyping for the last two years paid off. It was just as good, if not better than two years ago. They have pasta making down to a science. Our meals came out at the perfect temperature and the fresh pasta was the star of the show. My husband looked at me wide-eyed and terrified when I told him I wished I could fill up a tub with the manicotti and eat my way through it. But I’m pretty sure he felt the same about his, even though he was embarrassed by my weird comment. The garlic bread was buttery, melt in the mouth goodness, with a perfect crunchy texture and they bring enough to feed the five thousand. We ended the meal with the fried cookie dough which was when my husband’s eyes really widened and he probably would’ve filled his own tub with it if he would just admit it. More...

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Cindy Klemencic

29 March 2019

Stopped in with girlfriends for lunch. Busy shop but friendly staff. Food prep smelled wonderful. I ordered the cheese lasagna & a small garden salad with the house dressing. The lasagna comes with garlic bread, both were amazing. The cheese was well placed, the pasta consistency was perfect, the tomato sauce was very tasty. Gave a 4-star because the facility needs some work. The bathrooms weren't clean, the sidewalk/parking lot& building exterior were cluttered with debris, especially under the rear deck. It was very odd. More...

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Christian Lopez

27 February 2019

Portions are good. Pasta is made fresh in house! Friendly servers with outdoor seating overlooking the water in good weather. A bit cramped inside, and three building itself is a little worn, but still a very welcoming environment overall. 4 stars!! More...

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Audrey Lee

27 February 2019

So amazing! This was my first time going. I have heard so much about this place and it did not disappoint! All made in house pasta and sauce! Love the bread basket that came with dinner as well! Highly recommend More...

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Rebecca Albertson

28 January 2019

My company recently had a catered event with Paul's Pasta. Not only was their food wonderful, but they were incredibly kind and helpful in making sure the food was ready to go. When I went to go pick up the order, we realized the car I had would not be able to accommodate everything. Without hesitation, they loaded up their own truck with our order and delivered it to our site. Their willingness to help us and provide our employees with amazing meals has solidified them as one of our regular caterers. We look forward to many more events with them. More...

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Kevin Drawyer

28 January 2019

One of the best Italian places that I have ever been too. Homemade pasta cut right in the front window. Nice place, great waitstaff and the food was scrumptious! The location right along the river is awesome. Be aware though as with many of the great places to eat, the wait can be long. They do offer a phone in and take out service. More...

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Trevor Chandonnait

30 April 2018

A fantastic family run restaurant where you feel like part of the family. I know that is supposed to be the slogan for that chain place but, come on, really? You may have to wait a bit to get seated but it is always worth it. Fresh-made pasta, fresh made sauces, fresh made everything. Be sure that whoever you are with is having the garlic dressing if you order it. But it is delicious. My recommendation is always the lobster ravioli with alfredo sauce. But you can't go wrong with things like the spaghetti pie either. If you are lucky you will be there on a night when one of the owners is in house. Wonderful people. A true family business. More...

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H.E. Schoemann

10 April 2018

I make a point of eating here about once a month. The pasta is super fresh, and they have excellent sauces. I heartily recommend the lobster ravioli with "pink" sauce!

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9 April 2018

Paul's past shop is a small family owned restaurant that makes their own pasta/noodles. The food is good. The service is wonderful. During the summer and warmer days outside seating that overlooks the water is available. They have a varietyof dishes and desserts. Definitely recommend eating here at least once in your lifetime. More...

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Walter van Dusen

14 March 2018

My wife and I have been to Paul’s Pasta at least 50 times. We always have an amazing meal experience. The pasta is freshly made per order. The salads have crispy lettuce and nice dressing. Great service and food. We highly recommend if you are near by. More...

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Gregg Taylor

11 March 2018

Fast and friendly service is a standard at Paul's. They have a wide selection of pasta dishes and the pasta is all freshly made by hand. Their consistent, great quality food is a reason I return time after time. Paul's is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, whether it's an intimate date, or a gathering of friends. They serve wine here as well, which is always a plus. This place is almost always busy so I suggest calling in to see how long the wait is. Even if the wait is long, I garuntee the food is one hundred percent worth the time. I would eat there every day if l
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Christine Galinski

7 March 2018

Very cute little restaurant. I took my fiance here to celebrate his birthday and was pleasantly surprised to find them open when most other restaurants were closed on Sunday for lunch! Street parking was available and we were immediately seated at a table for two. All of the pasta was homemade and there was just about every italian dish you can think of on the menu along with some daily specials. I went with the fettuccine Alfredo and I was stuffed by the time I left although my plate looked like I didn't even make a dent! We had the garlic bread with cheese to start and that was great as well! Would definitely return! More...

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Veldrin Luth'ol

24 February 2018

Paul's Pasta Shop has a wide variety of hand crafted pasta dishes. Small and large portions are available. The staff is attentive and friendly. The shop is next to the water front on Thames, making a nice view if you sit by the window in the back. You can watch the staff make pasta as you dine. They also have party trays available for any occasion. Best of all this pasta is satisfyingly memorable. More...

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Lynn Zehr

20 February 2018

Second visit to the area from Florida and our 3rd visit to Paul's Pasta. Absolutely the best pasta I believe I have ever eaten. I just returned from Italy and Paul's rivals most of the spots we hit there. The texture and flavor of the pasta is always perfect and the sauces are amazing. More...

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Shawna Peterson

19 February 2018

Hole in the wall pasta shop with the best pasta I have ever had! We tried the Buffalo Mac n cheese, the carbonara, and the Alfredo. This is absolute comfort food with huge portions, great for a date night also because it's right on the river. The desert is delicious too. If you pass on this place you're making a mistake. Employees were all very nice, on their toes, and fun as well. Last but not least this place is crazy affordable. $5-$12 More...

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Richard Moujaes

3 February 2018

Super pleasant dining experience, staff was friendly and accommodating, food was delicious and portions were legit! It looked like we just beat the crowd, seems like it gets busy because it's good. I highly recommend, great value!

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Chinmayee Shepal

17 January 2018

There is not much to do for tourist in the area and it is very hard to find good options. Thanks to Paul's Pasta I did not starved to death. I had a pasta and garlic bread here and was really good. Staff is well mannered. More...

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sheena lavigne

16 January 2018

So so good. Handmade pasta and many different ways to make it. They have friendly staff but they are alsway insanely busy. I don't mind much cause I know it's because they are good and put time and effort into the dishes. More...

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Grace Libby

14 January 2018

Best pasta I've ever had, and at a ridiculously reasonable price. The staff is one of the best you could experience - they definitely take care of you. I have fond memories watching them make fresh pasta as a kid while waiting for our table to open up.

A few years back, I was in Europe for a few months, and all I wanted when I came home was Paul's Pasta's cavetelli!
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Jacob Blank

31 December 2017

The pasta is made in house and the staff is very nice. At peak hours it is hard to get a seat in a timely manner. It is well worth the wait, also the price is spot on for the amount of food. Balcony seats available during supporting seasons for a romantic view. More...

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Daniel MacDougall

3 December 2017

Great restaurant. We love to bring new people here. Has awesome food. I have yet to eat something I didn't like.

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Heather Mezzacappa

3 December 2017

I used to eat here when I was in college and for a few years after before moving out of the area many years ago. Came back a few times in the last two years, and Paul's was just as delicious and affordable as I remembered it! A half portion is like a full portion nearly anywhere else, so unless you plan to take home leftovers (also a great idea), stick with a half. If you visit during warmer weather, hold out for a table outside for an even more enjoyable experience. More...

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Billy Mish

2 December 2017

If you love great Italian food, in a no frills setting, Paul's Pasta is the place to enjoy fresh pasta treats. I had the Scallops, with asparagus and sun dried tomatoes, in a garlic white wine sauce, cooked to perfection. Not fast food, but great food! Well worth the 40 minute wait for a tiny table on a friday night. More...

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Emma Boardman

27 November 2017

I don't even know where to begin. This place is such a gem. This is one of my boyfriend's favorite places. He always said he had to take me here and he finally did. We will be returning for sure. The food is amazing. The pasta is all made fresh there. Meals come out in mere minutes. Service is fast and friendly and the prices are so so good! extremely affordable and for homemade pasta, its so worth it. I paid only $12 for two bowls of pasta. It was so good! Love their homemade sauces too. The Alfredo is amazing! They also have a great dessert selection that is well worth checking out. Its also right on the water front! Nice views! Highly recommend. More...

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ben kresch

14 October 2017

One of the mosr filling and delicious meals I have had in a while. The flavors were delicious and the portions were overly generous I knew I could never finish it all but I tried. View over the sound is beautiful and the restaurant seems rustic. 5 stars for sure. More...

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A Google User

27 September 2017

Amazing homemade pasta, got a tip from a local resident, here from Wisconsin worth the stop. I had the ravioli lobster, $13.99 and it came with a huge basket of bread. We sat on the deck great view. I would highly recommend. More...

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Nicole B

24 August 2017

Excellent pasta! Perfectly cooked and had tons of flavor combinations. You can't beat the prices here! They have outside seating which overlooks the river. Fast service too. Will be coming back again! More...

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Kevin Corbi

22 August 2017

Home made pasta and sauces are excellent! Not expensive. Small, and no reservations, but definitely worth the wait. Worth a road trip from anywhere in CT, or RI for that matter. Patio seating available on the river. Also not far from the casinos or Mystic. More...

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Nathan Rumpf

22 August 2017

Paul's Pasta is a fun experience with above average Italian food. It is located on the bank of the Thames and the tables on the deck offer an excellent view. Definitely be prepared to wait as it is a popular restaurant. I've gone twice. I've had the spaghetti pie, eggplant Parmesan, and breaded chicken Alfredo. All three were tasty, but they have nothing on the Italian food in Boston's North End. I highly recommend the cannolis at Paul's Pasta. Those are as good as any you can get. More...

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Alivia Berg

19 August 2017

I've been coming here for almost 15 years and they have always been spectacular. The pasta, salads, and desserts are all so well-made and ultimately delicious. Great local spot, amazing view on the back porch. More...