Review: Al Forno, Providence RI

On just about any list of the best pizzas in Rhode Island, Al Forno is rated as number one. Al Forno’s husband and wife team of George Germon and Johanne Killeenbeen have been making their grilled pies for more than 30 years; in fact, they are recognized as pioneers of grilled pizza.

Naturally, Al Forno became my choice pizza destination on a visit to nearby Warwick. Unlike nearly every other legendary pizza restaurant, the pie is not the main focus here. Al Forno is an elegant upscale full service Italian restaurant. The pizzas are often shared by groups of diners as an appetizer.

Entrance from the parking lot in rear

Al Forno is housed in an old two-story building, with several cozy dining spaces inside. I visited on a Tuesday night without a reservation, and had the option to dine at the bar or one of the small tables in the bar. I was intrigued by the other entree offerings, but of course kept my focus on the pizza.

Interior photo from SatedEpicure.com

To start, I pondered a crispy cod cake appetizer, but the waiter steered me to a signature Clams Al Forno dish ($14.95). The littleneck clams were tender and swimming in a delicious broth that contained a lot of tomatoes and translucent onions; an excellent start to my meal.

Some of the pizza offerings were more creative than I was seeking (such as pies topped with corn or pumpkin), and I opted for a pepperoni pizza, priced at $23.95. The dough is a high-gluten mix that is not proofed for very long. It goes onto the grill roughly in rectangular shape, but I noted that mine had …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote