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Al Forno

577 S. Main Street, Providence, RI 02903 (Fox Point)
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Ranked #29 of 734 Restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Fox Point
Description: telephone #401-273-9760Fodor's choice star rating
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78% Recommend
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English first
Miami Beach, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

When I lived in Boston 18 years ago, driving to Providence was well worth the meal and dining experience every time. We went on a day trip from Boston as tourists last September after some time in Newport earlier in the day. After all these years, Al Forno did not disappoint. The only regret was not having more room to... More

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New York and London
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

When I first made a pilgrimage (1999) the food was spectacular and we came back for lunch the next day. Lunch is no longer served. However the latest visit was an expensive disappointment. The food was average, the attitude and the check weren't. Have standards of restaurants improved to the point that Al Forno is not exciting ? Or am... More

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ft worth
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Some of the best Italian food I have ever had. Squash blossoms and meatball appetizers are musts. The rigatoni veal bolognese knocked our socks off. Nice atmosphere. Though a bit pricey, it was so darned good it was worth it. The only disappointment was our server Joe who was laconic.

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New Jersey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

AL Forno was simply fabulous. Get there early or you'll wait a while for a table. But, once you are sested, you'll see that it was worth the wait. The service was spot on - not at all over bearing, but wait staff appeared whenever we needed them. The pizza is outrageously good, as was the corn chowder, clams over... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Amazing. We were in Providence for a hockey tournament so was extremely happy when a fellow hockey mom made reservations for us at Al Forno. The unfortunate part was the only time they had available was 4:30, however I would have taken that over the waiting line we saw on the way out at 6:30/7:00. We had the spicy clams... More

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

For averaged sized people I say because if your over 5'5" and decide to wear heels, it can be a bit uncomfortable, so sit at the end of the table. Nice atmosphere but tables are close, overall food was average but pizza was amazing so I gave it a 4 rating. However, a bit pricey for value comparison. Probably first... More

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stonington ct
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Stopped on our way thru RI, at 5:30, the dining room full! Sat at bar, great bartender...good Gibson.... The zucchini flowers appetizer was terrific, light Ricotta filling and delicious tempora batter with Pomodoro sauce. The clams Al Forno were also wonderful. We shared the pepperoni pizza...the pepperoni was really delicious, but too much olive oil on the pizza crust..making the... More

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Westford, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

When a restaurant gets praised in the food and travel press, it's sometimes tough to live up to the hype. But Al Forno was as special as we had hoped it would be. The service was friendly and efficient, but nicely paced. The famous pizzas -- we got the spicy Margherita pizza -- was very different than you usually find... More

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U.S.A. East Coast
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

What might otherwise be a better than average restaurant is diminished by many small faults. It starts with its address. On its web site, it is listed as being on South Main St. It is and there's a sign on the building but that's the Kitchen entrance. No guidance to go around two blocks to get to the the parking... More

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Huntington Beach, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We have been eating at Al Forno for years, for special occasions and 'just because.' Food has been hearty and creative. Service has been wonderful and atmosphere is bustling. Because they don't take reservations, being seated in a timely manner can sometimes be a challenge, especially later in the evening. Other than that, always a wonderful experience. And, finally, the... More

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