Al Forno

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On South Main Street in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, Al Forno offers quintessential Italian dining for those who can’t afford the flight. Husband-and-wife owner–chefs George Germon and Johanne Killeen received the Insegna del Ristorante Italiano from the Italian government, a rare honor for Americans, attributable to their informed passion for pasta along with their invention of the grilled pizza.

It’s a style that celebrity chefs have been noting on TV for a while now, and that’s spawning its own offshoots. The restaurant bakes pies in wood-burning ovens and on grills over hardwood charcoal fire. Their most notable grilled pizza? The Margarita (sic). It’s served with fresh herbs, pomodoro, two cheeses, and extra-virgin olive oil.

Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

 

 

Foursquare Tips

  • Owners Johanne Killeen and George Germon have been serving grilled pizzas and oven-baked dishes for almost 35 years. If the sweet-sour-spicy Dirty Steak isn't on the menu, ask for it anyway.
  • Best in Rhode Island
  • This place has been called the birthplace of grilled pizza, but its also loved for its Dirty Steak a New York strip laid directly on the embers.
  • A trip to Rhode Island isnt complete without a meal at Al Forno an authentic Italian menu that uses all locally produced goods.
  • The birthplace of grilled pizza, and the Dirty Steak a New York strip laid directly on the embers, yielding an amazing crust.
  • You must try the Clams Al Forno
  • Went here for Valentine's Day. Romantic and classy. Get the handmade beef short rib ravioli or splurge on the dirty steak. Both are delicious!
  • Dirty steak. Don't think about the price & don't think twice about ordering it. Beautifully done with a sauce that is currently making my mouth water as I'm recalling this delicious experience.
  • Absolutely every single item on the goddam menu.
  • Fabulous dinner!!!
  • Cheaters lasagna is the way to go!
  • Are you kidding me? This place is fantastic. Get the cinnamon ice cream sandwich and thank me later.
  • Best Italian I've ever had. Always look forward to coming to this place when I'm in town!!!
  • How come no one has said anything about the grand cookiie finale for two... and by two i mean twelve... elephants.
  • This place is legit. One of my top ten pizza experiences of all time.
  • You must try one of their grilled pizzas. They invented it! Love their many pastas, spicy clams Al Forno app, and Caesar salad chopped. All their to order desserts are amazing!
  • Their 5 cheese baked pasta and their pizza is amazing. The atmosphere is a little stuffy for my taste, but worth it for the food.
  • Fungi pizza. Pepperoni pizza. Clams al Forno. Baked pasta w/ 5 cheeses. Veal bolognese.
  • Food Network's Top 5 Best Italian - #2 Baked Pasta with Five Cheeses
  • The Dirty Steak is to die for lovely margarita pizza, epic deserts