Italian >Al Forno
577 S Main St, Providence, RI | Directions 0290341.817319 -71.400589
Neighborhoods: Fox Point
a providence institution, a must try – al forno is pretty amazing. the ambiance is great and there are so many different areas to dine so don't be afraid to ask the hostess for a particular area. ask the waitstaff for recommendations because they really know what's good. but i like to go here and share....share salads, pizzas, just about everything. portions are rather generous and you won't spend a fortune.
Didn't live up to the Hype..... – While I have to say that once you find the place, the atmosphere is charming. The food however was incredibly disappointing. While the ingredients were fresh and on paper the menu looked exciting, when our meals arrived 4 out of 5 of us were disappointed. Both steak dishes were only available cooked medium (it arrived medium well to well) and the fish special was overcooked. I highly recommend NOT ordering the Brushetta.
On a positive note the Calamari was fantastic and the Scallops was the one meal enjoyed at the table. I cannot say that I will not be back for business because of the hype but I will not eat there on my own.
Don't waste your time! – We arrived at 6pm to the spacious parking lot. It went downhill from there. From the cold greeting by the annoyed staff member that informed us of the 2 hour wait, we crammed ourselves, after asking for unoffered directions, into the small bar with hopes of a quality glass of wine. The wine was exorbitantly priced but not nearly as flavorful to the palate. Our disappointment only continued until the pretentiousness of the poor service drove us from the the establishment.
Great Italian restaurant – This is one of our favorite restaurants. You cannot go wrong with the grilled pizza and everything is fresh. The pasta choices makes it tough because there are so many good ones. My wife and I love to go in the warmer months so we can dine on the brick patio. The only problems are they do not take resvervations and they make you order dessert at the beginning....so you have to pay for a dessert that you are too full to have....
Have It All In One Place – You enter this place and its all a mystery, from where will you sit what will it look like and what to drink. They have all that one may ask for. When it comes to what to eat, you might aswell ask for the cheff to give you some suggestions. I had the previledge to have a food tasting with my husband and his friend the cheff of "Al Forno" You have to try it all or most of it, because when you find out that one thing was to die for the rest.. well there is just no better words. If you go ask for Brian Kingsford the exc cheff he runs the place say you where recomended by his friends in Cali and you would like a tour of his specialties. Maybe he'll throw in the dessert for you!
Food is good, but this place is snob central – The food at Al Forno is excellent, but this place caters mostly to the elite in Providence. I've eaten at Al Forno probably 15 times since I moved to Providence 2 years ago, but after my last two experiences I vow never to go back. We met friends on a Saturday night at 6PM at Al Forno. After we were told the wait was 1 hour we proceeded to stand at the bar for 3 hours while customers who arrived much later than us and whose parties were the same size were seated before us (There may be no reservations at this place, but something is definitely going on here). When we finally got seated at 9:30 we were forced to to sit so close to a large party that their obnoxiously loud This restaurant is probably one of the snobiest places I ave ever been to.
worth the hype!!! – my wife and i went there for a saturday early dinner we arrived at about ten of seven, the place was crazy busy, did not get seated till about 8:45pm. we both said boy this better be good after all this , oh my was it ever good!!! very simple very fresh outstanding food , it was worth the wait and it does life up to the hype, it was a great meal
Expensive but good – This place is expensive, but good. It has all the qualities of fine dining except for the chairs. The food was absolutely gourmet in every sense. They won't change how the dish is made to preserve how it's supposed to taste. This restaurant doesn't spare any expense at giving you first rate food.
Grilled pizza and baked pasta make this Italian hot spot sizzle. – The Scene
Culinary lore has it that Al Forno is the birthplace of grilled pizza. You probably won't find a patent hanging on the wall, but once you have a taste of the ultra-thin pizzas, rich with wood-grilled flavor, you'll be a believer too. From the moment you step into this two-story, ivy-covered building near the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, you'll be so distracted by the simply prepared, internationally recognized cuisine that you won't notice anything else.
The sky is falling? Who cares? You'll have your taste buds wrapped around Baked Pasta in the Pink, a signature dish of fresh herbs, cream and five cheeses. The dish to die for: Try the Sicilian ricotta tart for two.
Wonderful Place – Having worked at Al Forno I know they pride themselves in everything they do. The Menu is fantastic. The grilled pizza is to die for and George's Dirty steak is amazing. I don't understand what these people who gave them negative reviews. If you ask me they are a bunch of stuck up snobs who have no clue about food or wine. Leave it to the proffesionals to give the ratings thanks.
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