Al Forno

Still a hot spot after all these years.

By Jenna Pelletier

When Johanne Killeen and the late George Germon opened Al Forno in 1980, they helped put Providence on the map as food destination. Now their rustic Italian spot is, in many eyes, the matriarch of the city’s modern restaurant scene—but the James Beard Award-winning couple’s menu won’t fall out of fashion anytime soon. On it, you’ll find expertly grilled meats, handmade pastas with seasonal flourishes, and buttery fruit tarts served in pools of crème anglaise. And while its name references the oven (and you shouldn’t miss the Baked Pasta with Tomato, Cream, and Five (yes, five) Cheeses) Al Forno is best known for its grilled pizza, which Germon is credited with inventing.

Al Forno

577 S Water St, Providence, RI

  • Must Have

Grilled Pizza Margarita

This chewy-crispy thin-crust pie with just the right amount of char is finished with extra virgin olive oil and green onions. It’s legendary for a reason.

  • Insider Tip

Avoid the often-long wait for a table (the restaurant only accepts reservations for parties of six or more) by nabbing seats at one of the bars, where the full menu is available.

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