Alfonso's is what I compare every other Italian restaurant to. No, it's not in Lake Highlands Proper (the RISD boundaries), but it's close enough that anyone who lives in LH can conveniently enjoy it. It's in a relatively quiet area between NW Hwy and Casa Linda.
Love the Italian food. Their marinara sauce is a deep red sauce, not that bright orange you find in some cheaper places. Service is not Four-star, but it's earnest. And light years ahead of the understaffed and cramped Tony's.
The garlic rolls are phenomenal. We always ask for a bowl of marinara to dip them in. The pizza is great. I have a hard time deciding between pizza or pasta. My favorite dish is their chicken parm, although I prefer basic Italian dishes. They can get a lot more exotic if you like.
Yes, it's a little pricey for a neighborhood joint, but you pay for quality. It's not a by-the-slice joint. It's a restaurant with a real menu and real servers. For the food, convenience and neighborhood feel, it doesn't get any better than Alfonso's.