Al Forno

Row 1

Details
577 S Main St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 273-9760
Italian
$ $ $
Hours
Tue–Fri: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM Sat: 4:00 PM–11:00 PM

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.
  • Best pizza Ive ever had. And Ive had A LOT. Skip the Caesar salad. The clams al forno lived up to the hype - divine. Bread gnocchi was great, but the pizza and clams were the standouts.
  • Corn pizza and vodka tonics
  • The Grilled Shrimp and Mushroom Salad was very light and delicious
  • Probably one of the best Caesar salads I've ever had! Pastas were delicious. Since you have to order dessert with your entree you'll need to save room or take a couple doggy bags.
  • Best Italian food is at this place.. Pesto pizza and the caesar salad is unbelievably delicious.. Fried risotto is great. Basically everything in the menu is superb