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Al Forno Restaurant
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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577 S Main St Providence, RI 02903, United States
577 South Main StreetUSRhode IslandProvidence02903
(401) 273-9760alforno.com
$$Italian Restaurant, BarToday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 4:00 – 10:00 pmSunday Closed
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This upscale ristorante adds local touches to grilled pizzas, pastas & wood-fired mains.- Google
"Good wine list, not so good beer list."
"Delicious food and high prices."
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Art vandaley
6 months ago
Used to be very good years ago but now it feels like a tourist trap. Sometimes there are very long waits, they like to sell drinks, the staff kind of have that they are doing you a favor attitude. They are now kind of infamous for not taking dishes off the bill if you send them back, even if its totally their fault. Food is expensive, 25 bucks for a real little pizza (super thin but does not cover a dinner plate) and sometimes little choice of type too. You don't want a Pumpkin pizza? Too bad if that is what they got! Good meal if your business is paying for it.... Otherwise you can do better, certainly for the price you can do better. They did inspire to recreate their pizza on my grill though. Cost me about 3-4 bucks using fresh local mozzarella and sauce I bottle made with fresh local farm plum tomatoes.
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Piers Platt
a week ago
Hands down best restaurant in Providence. The shells in pink cream sauce are heavenly.
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Bill McCurdy
a year ago
Simply amazing. Showed up at 6pm on a Saturday thinking that would be early enough to get a table...we were wrong. We ended up sitting at the bar after a short wait which turned out to be a lot of fun. The bar also serves the full menu so you are not missing much other than elbow room. Al Forno opens at 4pm on Saturday, I'd advise you to get there not soon after. No reservation unless you have 6 or more in your party. The pizza was the best Ive ever had. The famous Dirty Steak (grilled directly on the coals) was simply amazing and outstanding bread pudding. We loved everything from the food to the staff. Couldnt have asked for a better night.
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Justin Kemp
a year ago
Ok so last night my wife and I went to Al Forno for our 1 year wedding anniversary and we could not make reservations so we just went there. When we got there we had asked if we could have table for 2 and they said we have 1 table available and you will have to be done within 1 hour because it was reserved for another party. Now I am saying to myself I thought they did not take reservations for parties less that 6. This table was off on its own and only sat 4 people max. Anyhow the point is that they put us at a table that was referred to as the CHEFS table. What a joke! Boy were they right about that. The table was basically the worst table in the place because it was in the kitchen. We felt like we were total outcasts and we should have started to help the waiters out by taking orders out to tables. I eat out 320 days out of the year and I am very familiar with fine dinning and this place was one of the worst experiences we've ever had in our life. Note to the owner: Don't try to increase the seating capacity by putting your customers in the kitchen at the "chefs table" on the second floor because it is just very bad for business. My wife and I will never go there again and we will never suggest anyone else to go there either.
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Robin Truxel
6 months ago
We went here will waiting for a friend who was arriving later than expected to the Providence airport. It was quite possibly the best meal of my life (I have been to Italy twice!). Everything was perfect, service impeccable, each bite was close your eyes good! But go early as it gets very crowded and it took a while to get our car out. It was my parents 45th wedding anniversary and they cannot stop talking about how good their meal was!
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Frank Rossi
a year ago
I thought the food was OK at Best. I had a problem with the Pasta Fagioli, the beans were not cooked and when I asked them to take it away there was no problem but it was on my bill. I asked the waitress and she said " I know I talked the people down stairs and they said " you ordered it so you have to pay for it" My daughter and I were both shocked with the food and the attitude especially for an 83.00 meal.The experience was so bad That it remined me of 2 other bad experiences with food at such a high price and a restuarant with such a reputation, !st Don Jose on the hill and 2nd was Don Shulas Steak house in Manhatten. All three were VERY BAD.
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Andrew M
2 months ago
Mood lighting / great dishes / negative price:portion disconnect
Meaghan Ladd
a year ago
Headed to Providence with our college-bound child last weekend. Had been advised to make Al Forno a top priority so attempted to make our way there on a very rainy, heavily trafficked Friday evening and got hopelessly lost after being misdirected by the Concierge at our hotel. Called Al Forno,because even our GPS/iphones were confused,and not only did they patiently direct us to their amazing restaurant,but they held a table for us,as well. Marie,from Al Forno,literally stayed on the line with us on a busy Friday evening until we got our bearings. Unbelievable. We finally arrived to enjoy a charming, relaxed restaurant, gracious staff and absolutely delicious food. And despite huge turnover,we were never rushed;a combination that is next to impossible to find. Thrilled that we can become "regulars" over the next 4 years!
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