Al Forno Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 577 S Main St

    Providence, RI 02903

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  • 401-273-9760

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Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 4pm-10pm

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This restaurant has great food, but it's very hard to get a table, especially on weekends. I recommend going at off hours. The deserts are absolutely incredible. They make them at the time you order your meal, so be prepared to order with your meal. The staff runs hot and cold-- sometimes you get a really kind wait person, and sometimes you get someone snotty. Unfortunately my overall experience with the host staff has not been good.

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant has great food, but it's very hard to get a table, especially on weekends. I recommend going at off hours. The deserts are absolutely incredible. They make them at the time you order your meal, so be prepared to order with your meal. The staff runs hot and cold-- sometimes you get a really kind wait person, and sometimes you get someone snotty. Unfortunately my overall experience with the host staff has not been good.

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When you walk up the entranceway to Al Forno you really think you are in for something special. The arbor of white lights leading the path to the front door is quite beautiful as is the building with large elegant mill-style windows where you get a glimpse of many patrons enjoying what you expect to be a great meal. But the magic sadly ends there. Once you walk into the building you have no idea where to go??through the door to your right or up to second the floor. My husband and I decided to go through the door to the right. After walking down a tight hallway, we thought we made the wrong decision. There was no station to greet diners and take the details of their reservations. Instead we stood between a wall and a bar deciding where to go. Not long after standing there aimlessly, a waiter came by to see if we needed help. After a short wait, he was able to get us to our seats. The seats and table were miniature. My husband, who is over 6 feet tall, couldn??t get his legs under the table. The dining tables, while covered in white tablecloths, looked like furniture from my grandmother??s basement. The chairs, made of rattan, were covered in very worn animal print patterns. While sitting there reviewing the menu, which looked delicious, I couldn??t help but take in the dcor??commercial grade, fast food kitchen tiles on the walls, dirty tiled floors, and corn garland draped from the ceilings (guess they forgot that it??s not autumn anymore). Even, the little lamp on our table was low-end??a window candle that had a little lamp shade squeezed on top of it. Our waiter then came over and I had to do everything I could not to laugh at his overly stuffy presentation of the night??s specials. And, upon delivering our drinks, he worked with such precision making sure he placed the glasses just so, making sure that the knife, fork and plate were in perfect harmony. I thought maybe it was just him, but when I observed the other waiters I began to think they were all trained by a lead Nazi waiter. Each waiter worked so precisely making sure they were exactly a foot away from the table when opening a bottle of wine, making sure they folded the napkins in threes and never ever cracked a smile??was that out of fear? Was someone watching them? I began to wonder. But, the service was also very spotty??our drinks didn??t get refilled when we needed and I observed the same thing with the tables around me. The food was delicious, but not the best I ever had and not really worth the hefty price tag. Will I go again? Probably not. Providence has so many excellent restaurants and this one wasn??t worth the hype. I??m still wondering what all the fuss is about.

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★★☆☆☆

When you walk up the entranceway to Al Forno you really think you are in for something special. The arbor of white lights leading the path to the front door is quite beautiful as is the building with large elegant mill-style windows where you get a glimpse of many patrons enjoying what you expect to be a great meal. But the magic sadly ends there. Once you walk into the building you have no idea where to go??through the door to your right or up to second the floor. My husband and I decided to go through the door to the right. After walking down a tight hallway, we thought we made the wrong decision. There was no station to greet diners and take the details of their reservations. Instead we stood between a wall and a bar deciding where to go. Not long after standing there aimlessly, a waiter came by to see if we needed help. After a short wait, he was able to get us to our seats. The seats and table were miniature. My husband, who is over 6 feet tall, couldn??t get his legs under the table. The dining tables, while covered in white tablecloths, looked like furniture from my grandmother??s basement. The chairs, made of rattan, were covered in very worn animal print patterns. While sitting there reviewing the menu, which looked delicious, I couldn??t help but take in the dcor??commercial grade, fast food kitchen tiles on the walls, dirty tiled floors, and corn garland draped from the ceilings (guess they forgot that it??s not autumn anymore). Even, the little lamp on our table was low-end??a window candle that had a little lamp shade squeezed on top of it. Our waiter then came over and I had to do everything I could not to laugh at his overly stuffy presentation of the night??s specials. And, upon delivering our drinks, he worked with such precision making sure he placed the glasses just so, making sure that the knife, fork and plate were in perfect harmony. I thought maybe it was just him, but when I observed the other waiters I began to think they were all trained by a lead Nazi waiter. Each waiter worked so precisely making sure they were exactly a foot away from the table when opening a bottle of wine, making sure they folded the napkins in threes and never ever cracked a smile??was that out of fear? Was someone watching them? I began to wonder. But, the service was also very spotty??our drinks didn??t get refilled when we needed and I observed the same thing with the tables around me. The food was delicious, but not the best I ever had and not really worth the hefty price tag. Will I go again? Probably not. Providence has so many excellent restaurants and this one wasn??t worth the hype. I??m still wondering what all the fuss is about.

Pros: Food, location

Cons: Atmosphere, service, price

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I have recommended Al Forno to so many people over the years, and always go out of my way to go there...BUT NOT ANYMORE. The past 4 times I've gone, while the food has been good, the service has not. And it's not a question of 'casual'...it's a question of 'unprofessional.'

Here's one small example: last time I went, party of 4, a pizza we ordered for the table arrived with one of the appetizers...the other three came later. Then all four mains arrived at different times: mine about 5 mins. before the second and third, and about 15 mins. before the fourth...which we only got because we flagged down a server who was carrying what looked like might be our dish like a lost lamb in the dining room. Of course by then mine was cold. I suppose I could've sent it back, but then everyone else's would've gotten cold while we waited for it to refire. So it was hardly a pleasant dining experience for the four of us. C'mon, this is restaurant 101! And there are many other recent examples which I won't go into here for the sake of brevity. Suffice to say, I am now embarrassed to send people here. No restaurant should have service that bad, especially one that charges $30+ for a main course

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have recommended Al Forno to so many people over the years, and always go out of my way to go there...BUT NOT ANYMORE. The past 4 times I've gone, while the food has been good, the service has not. And it's not a question of 'casual'...it's a question of 'unprofessional.'

Here's one small example: last time I went, party of 4, a pizza we ordered for the table arrived with one of the appetizers...the other three came later. Then all four mains arrived at different times: mine about 5 mins. before the second and third, and about 15 mins. before the fourth...which we only got because we flagged down a server who was carrying what looked like might be our dish like a lost lamb in the dining room. Of course by then mine was cold. I suppose I could've sent it back, but then everyone else's would've gotten cold while we waited for it to refire. So it was hardly a pleasant dining experience for the four of us. C'mon, this is restaurant 101! And there are many other recent examples which I won't go into here for the sake of brevity. Suffice to say, I am now embarrassed to send people here. No restaurant should have service that bad, especially one that charges $30+ for a main course

Pros: The food is still good

Cons: The service is now disturbingly unprofessional

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We had guests coming in from South Carolina, and on the plane they sat next to a former chef of Al Forno, who highly recommended it.
So we went Saturday and as we were told they did not take reservations we came early, only to discover that due to graduation parties they did reservations and everything was booked. But after begging a little bit, we managed to get a table in an hour.
Meanwhile we enjoyed a good glass of wine from their extensive winelist, while we were browsing the menu.
It was really hard to decide what to get as they had so many courses that sounded good.
When we got our table our waitress was SO good in going over the specials, and answering questions. The way she explained the dishes was very visual, and she really knew what she was talking about.
We shared an appetitzer, which was a simple spinach salad with bacon and parmesan cheese. And it really showed how simplecity makes perfect.
When our entrees arrived they all looked terrific. I had a Meatball cheater lasagne, with the best meatballs. The lasagne part was good, but not over the top. But then i tasted my wifes Pasta, which was heavenly. Also I tasted my sister-in-laws gnocchi with hot sausage sauce and it was really good too.
The atmosfear at the restaurant was very nice, the service was knowledgeable and service minded and the price was reasonable for the quality of the food. A list plus was there were no loud music playing or no televisions, which I appreciate coming from Europe.
Thanks Al Forno - I will be back

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★★★★★

We had guests coming in from South Carolina, and on the plane they sat next to a former chef of Al Forno, who highly recommended it.
So we went Saturday and as we were told they did not take reservations we came early, only to discover that due to graduation parties they did reservations and everything was booked. But after begging a little bit, we managed to get a table in an hour.
Meanwhile we enjoyed a good glass of wine from their extensive winelist, while we were browsing the menu.
It was really hard to decide what to get as they had so many courses that sounded good.
When we got our table our waitress was SO good in going over the specials, and answering questions. The way she explained the dishes was very visual, and she really knew what she was talking about.
We shared an appetitzer, which was a simple spinach salad with bacon and parmesan cheese. And it really showed how simplecity makes perfect.
When our entrees arrived they all looked terrific. I had a Meatball cheater lasagne, with the best meatballs. The lasagne part was good, but not over the top. But then i tasted my wifes Pasta, which was heavenly. Also I tasted my sister-in-laws gnocchi with hot sausage sauce and it was really good too.
The atmosfear at the restaurant was very nice, the service was knowledgeable and service minded and the price was reasonable for the quality of the food. A list plus was there were no loud music playing or no televisions, which I appreciate coming from Europe.
Thanks Al Forno - I will be back

Pros: Best Pasta Dishes, great service, no loud music/ TV's

Cons: Extremely busy

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You definitely can't complain about the food, but the atmosphere is unpleasant. Upstairs, there is a long window between the dining room and the servers station. This was a very ill-conceived architectural feature as it detracts greatly from the atmosphere. I imagine the reason for the window is so the servers can keep an eye on their stations so they know when you are ready for the next course, or a drink refill, etc. However, in practice it amounts to a gallery of disembodied heads openly staring at you from very close range. They seemed to think that the glass was one-way, and I found it incredibly rude. I felt like I was in a line-up, while I was trying to enjoy my dinner. That being said, the food was better than average, not spectacular, and overpriced. If a meal for two (no alcohol) costs $140, the food should be outstanding, and it simply isn't.

0
★☆☆☆☆

You definitely can't complain about the food, but the atmosphere is unpleasant. Upstairs, there is a long window between the dining room and the servers station. This was a very ill-conceived architectural feature as it detracts greatly from the atmosphere. I imagine the reason for the window is so the servers can keep an eye on their stations so they know when you are ready for the next course, or a drink refill, etc. However, in practice it amounts to a gallery of disembodied heads openly staring at you from very close range. They seemed to think that the glass was one-way, and I found it incredibly rude. I felt like I was in a line-up, while I was trying to enjoy my dinner. That being said, the food was better than average, not spectacular, and overpriced. If a meal for two (no alcohol) costs $140, the food should be outstanding, and it simply isn't.

Pros: food is decent

Cons: atmosphere, overpriced menu

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Thisplace was great. We went theirfor a birthday dinner and it was great! The waitstaff was terrific and professional. The dinner was tasteful and the prices werent too bad :)

4
★★★★☆

Thisplace was great. We went theirfor a birthday dinner and it was great! The waitstaff was terrific and professional. The dinner was tasteful and the prices werent too bad :)

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The rating posted on 09/06/2003 by mal054 really sums the place up.
mal054 worked there, and manages to misspell the word "professional".
He also reminds us that anyone who does not love the place is a "stuck up snob".
That kind of love for the customer makes you really want to go there!

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★☆☆☆☆

The rating posted on 09/06/2003 by mal054 really sums the place up.
mal054 worked there, and manages to misspell the word "professional".
He also reminds us that anyone who does not love the place is a "stuck up snob".
That kind of love for the customer makes you really want to go there!

Pros: The Masochist will feel at home.

Cons: Long wait.

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Al Forno is a difficult place to review. The hype is so thick that you could almost eat it instead of the food. After reading others? horror stories, and experiencing a little of it myself, I?m hesitant to give a good review, but since I can only go on myself, I must. It is one of Rhode Island?s best restaurants and certainly worthy of much hype. Julia Child ate here every time she was in the area, and I can certainly understand why she did so. The food is stellar. House specialties, such as Clams Al Forno and the grilled pizza margarita, are delectable. Dishes are served simple and perfectly cooked. Sometimes, too simple. The bruschetta costs a fair amount and is TRUE bruschetta, namely, toast. As far as I?m concerned, their baked pasta with five cheeses is the only dish you should ever get. But, if you must deviate, the oven roasted lemon chicken breast is a treat for the mouth. Delicate, tender, slightly tangy, it?s just ab-fab. Their specials are almost always brilliant and delicious (albeit sometimes pricey) and a real reason to come back. The wine list is a surprising disappointment. The dessert menu, on the other hand, is one of the best, filled with great, inventive desserts that can be had nowhere else. They cost a pretty penny, though, ranging from $9 to $18. The service I had was basically perfect. Water and wine flowed, frequent attention, and pleasant demeanor made us feel welcome. The wait was terrible, and some of the employees seemed not arrogant, but annoyed, as other reviews have said. The ceaseless flow of pretentious(!) customers could explain that. Still, it?s unacceptable. Whether you think the sometimes absurd wait is worth it or not is up to you. Frankly, I?ve never eaten somewhere worth a two-hour wait and Al Forno is no different. But a one-hour wait? Now we?re talking. Al Forno is perfection in what it does and, flaws or not, I love it and think everyone should try.

2
★★★★☆

Al Forno is a difficult place to review. The hype is so thick that you could almost eat it instead of the food. After reading others? horror stories, and experiencing a little of it myself, I?m hesitant to give a good review, but since I can only go on myself, I must. It is one of Rhode Island?s best restaurants and certainly worthy of much hype. Julia Child ate here every time she was in the area, and I can certainly understand why she did so. The food is stellar. House specialties, such as Clams Al Forno and the grilled pizza margarita, are delectable. Dishes are served simple and perfectly cooked. Sometimes, too simple. The bruschetta costs a fair amount and is TRUE bruschetta, namely, toast. As far as I?m concerned, their baked pasta with five cheeses is the only dish you should ever get. But, if you must deviate, the oven roasted lemon chicken breast is a treat for the mouth. Delicate, tender, slightly tangy, it?s just ab-fab. Their specials are almost always brilliant and delicious (albeit sometimes pricey) and a real reason to come back. The wine list is a surprising disappointment. The dessert menu, on the other hand, is one of the best, filled with great, inventive desserts that can be had nowhere else. They cost a pretty penny, though, ranging from $9 to $18. The service I had was basically perfect. Water and wine flowed, frequent attention, and pleasant demeanor made us feel welcome. The wait was terrible, and some of the employees seemed not arrogant, but annoyed, as other reviews have said. The ceaseless flow of pretentious(!) customers could explain that. Still, it?s unacceptable. Whether you think the sometimes absurd wait is worth it or not is up to you. Frankly, I?ve never eaten somewhere worth a two-hour wait and Al Forno is no different. But a one-hour wait? Now we?re talking. Al Forno is perfection in what it does and, flaws or not, I love it and think everyone should try.

Pros: Excellent and inventive food combined with mouth-watering desserts.

Cons: Service can sometimes hate you, uninteresting wine list, some items are too expensive.

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I came with a party of four during the Saturday evening before Memorial Day and was disappointed with all aspects of the dining experience. Although we had a reservation for 6:00 pm, we were not seated until 6:30. We were seated next to a window that was very sunny. The air was very dusty. The wine glasses had not been wiped down after being dried as they were very dusty as well. The sommalier, who was clearly new--his hands were shaky--spilled wine on a friend's shirt. The food was somewhat better than the decor and the service. The appetizers and dessert were excellent. My entree, rigatoni with veal bolognese, was average and no more special than any restaurant in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The worst part of the evening came at the end of the meal when the hostess asked two members of my party to leave because another party had been waiting a half hour for the table. This was extremely rude considering we waited a half hour and had wine spilled on one of us. I spoke with the hostess and told her that she had spoken rudely to my friends. She responded in a patronizing manner which gave me the sense that had I been older, i.e. a parent of a Brown graduate rather than a younger alumnus, that I would not have spoken to that way. I would not recommend returning to Al Forno under any circumstance.

1
★★★☆☆

I came with a party of four during the Saturday evening before Memorial Day and was disappointed with all aspects of the dining experience. Although we had a reservation for 6:00 pm, we were not seated until 6:30. We were seated next to a window that was very sunny. The air was very dusty. The wine glasses had not been wiped down after being dried as they were very dusty as well. The sommalier, who was clearly new--his hands were shaky--spilled wine on a friend's shirt. The food was somewhat better than the decor and the service. The appetizers and dessert were excellent. My entree, rigatoni with veal bolognese, was average and no more special than any restaurant in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The worst part of the evening came at the end of the meal when the hostess asked two members of my party to leave because another party had been waiting a half hour for the table. This was extremely rude considering we waited a half hour and had wine spilled on one of us. I spoke with the hostess and told her that she had spoken rudely to my friends. She responded in a patronizing manner which gave me the sense that had I been older, i.e. a parent of a Brown graduate rather than a younger alumnus, that I would not have spoken to that way. I would not recommend returning to Al Forno under any circumstance.

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We just got back from our first time at Al Forno. We will definitely go back. The staff is very proper and polite. The host pulled out my chair for me and help me put my coat on. Service was speedy and efficient. Water glasses never get low, crumbs swept off table. The food was very good. Must have the pizza margherita and any of the desserts. The seats and small tables could be more comftorable but not a big deal. Get there when they open to avoid a wait. We did and it worked very well. By the time they got busy we were leaving

2
★★★★★

We just got back from our first time at Al Forno. We will definitely go back. The staff is very proper and polite. The host pulled out my chair for me and help me put my coat on. Service was speedy and efficient. Water glasses never get low, crumbs swept off table. The food was very good. Must have the pizza margherita and any of the desserts. The seats and small tables could be more comftorable but not a big deal. Get there when they open to avoid a wait. We did and it worked very well. By the time they got busy we were leaving

Pros: Service, food, parking

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As a native Rhode Islander who has dined at Al Forno may times I have never understood the rave reviews this place receives. They may have invented the grilled pizza but my idea of a great grilled pizza is not overcooked to the point of a burnt crust along with a very hefty price tag. I have had better grilled pizzas elsewhere or at the very least no worst than Al Forno's for a much more reasonable price. The only reason I have gone back is to take out of state people who have heard the so called rave reviews and only to have them disappointed like myself. It is absolutely ridiculous with the amount of business this place does not to accept reservations. There is limited sitting in the bar areas so standing for 2-3 hours is not unusual. You can not even order an appetizer while waiting unless you are willing to eat standing up. I can not believe no one complains about the uncomfortable seating in the dining rooms. I feel as though I was back in 1st grade sitting at a desk that is too small and a hard wooden chair. Not to mention there is no table spacing at all. There are no intimate conversations here, your dining neighbors will definitely know what your conversation is about. I have had 2 occasions when the waitress could not serve the table on the side of mine without reaching between me and my dinner companion! To easily pay in excess of $150.00 for 2 to dine here there should be some atmosphere but unfortunately from the rude staff, to the horrible wait I could never go here again and never miss it.

1
★★☆☆☆

As a native Rhode Islander who has dined at Al Forno may times I have never understood the rave reviews this place receives. They may have invented the grilled pizza but my idea of a great grilled pizza is not overcooked to the point of a burnt crust along with a very hefty price tag. I have had better grilled pizzas elsewhere or at the very least no worst than Al Forno's for a much more reasonable price. The only reason I have gone back is to take out of state people who have heard the so called rave reviews and only to have them disappointed like myself. It is absolutely ridiculous with the amount of business this place does not to accept reservations. There is limited sitting in the bar areas so standing for 2-3 hours is not unusual. You can not even order an appetizer while waiting unless you are willing to eat standing up. I can not believe no one complains about the uncomfortable seating in the dining rooms. I feel as though I was back in 1st grade sitting at a desk that is too small and a hard wooden chair. Not to mention there is no table spacing at all. There are no intimate conversations here, your dining neighbors will definitely know what your conversation is about. I have had 2 occasions when the waitress could not serve the table on the side of mine without reaching between me and my dinner companion! To easily pay in excess of $150.00 for 2 to dine here there should be some atmosphere but unfortunately from the rude staff, to the horrible wait I could never go here again and never miss it.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: excellent food

Cons: get specific directions if you've never been are from out of town

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Food

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Good Parking

Cons: Bad Service

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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....

2
★★★★★

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....

Pros: food, atmosphere , pizza

Cons: crowded, dessert ordering

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: Service, profecional, Martha Stewart status

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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.

1
★★★☆☆

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.

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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

2
★★★★★

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

Pros: quality

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: good food, service, romantic

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: Huge parking lot, Excellent wine list, Great food

Cons: No reservations

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Nothing is wrong here. The ambience, the bar selection, the appetizer's, the main course, the desert and the service is all "top shelf". Is there any aspect I've left out?! Yes, it is pricey, but no more than other top-tier restaurants. The best part is that they aren't caught up in being the best, they just do it and it comes naturally.

2
★★★★★

Nothing is wrong here. The ambience, the bar selection, the appetizer's, the main course, the desert and the service is all "top shelf". Is there any aspect I've left out?! Yes, it is pricey, but no more than other top-tier restaurants. The best part is that they aren't caught up in being the best, they just do it and it comes naturally.

Pros: overall experience, food, ambience

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Good Food, Good Service, Nice atomosphere and a great staff. Pastry to die for.

2
★★★★★

Good Food, Good Service, Nice atomosphere and a great staff. Pastry to die for.

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Everyone needs to experience Al Forno. Go
early to aviod the wait and plan on a wonderful
evening out. Creative, fresh and complex food
that will make you want to go back the next evening.

2
★★★★☆

Everyone needs to experience Al Forno. Go
early to aviod the wait and plan on a wonderful
evening out. Creative, fresh and complex food
that will make you want to go back the next evening.

Pros: Food, Service, Parking

Cons: Some high prices

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It is a very simple menu, but they do what they do very well. It is very consistant and worth the trip. The ambience is great; you have your choice of 2 or 3 dining rooms depending on the season. All are very intimate. Definitely recommend it. For what they do I give it a ten.

2
★★★★☆

It is a very simple menu, but they do what they do very well. It is very consistant and worth the trip. The ambience is great; you have your choice of 2 or 3 dining rooms depending on the season. All are very intimate. Definitely recommend it. For what they do I give it a ten.

Pros: Good Parking, Great Ambience

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upstairs best tables.. share the margaretta pizza as a starter..

2
★★★★★

upstairs best tables.. share the margaretta pizza as a starter..

Pros: great food, excelent wine list, upstairs bar

Cons: no reservations

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Although I moved from Providence to NYC several years ago, I still get back regulary, and ALWAYS stop at Al Forno. The entire experience is exemplary. The rooms are gorgeous. The patio is stunning. The food is always fantastic. I dream about their grilled pizzas. And the made-to-order desserts are the best I have ever had -anywhere in the world. The staff is always smart, courteous and efficient. A must - even if it means a ride and a wait!

2
★★★★★

Although I moved from Providence to NYC several years ago, I still get back regulary, and ALWAYS stop at Al Forno. The entire experience is exemplary. The rooms are gorgeous. The patio is stunning. The food is always fantastic. I dream about their grilled pizzas. And the made-to-order desserts are the best I have ever had -anywhere in the world. The staff is always smart, courteous and efficient. A must - even if it means a ride and a wait!

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It's a shame that Al Forno's food preparation, service, and menu choices have all declined over the years.

We were told that our favorate appetizer, Antipasto Al Forno, was removed from the menu because the restaurant was unable to keep chefs who could make the dish properly.

The bartender said that bread was not served to us early in the meal because people fill up on it. Who made her the diet police?

While paying for our meal, we had a conversation with our server, the bartender, about not ever coming back to Al Forno's. The bartender, who told us she was leaving Al Forno's in two weeks, told us we we no longer welcome there.

We have decided not to beat a dead horse any more, just let it Rest in Peace.

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★☆☆☆☆

It's a shame that Al Forno's food preparation, service, and menu choices have all declined over the years.

We were told that our favorate appetizer, Antipasto Al Forno, was removed from the menu because the restaurant was unable to keep chefs who could make the dish properly.

The bartender said that bread was not served to us early in the meal because people fill up on it. Who made her the diet police?

While paying for our meal, we had a conversation with our server, the bartender, about not ever coming back to Al Forno's. The bartender, who told us she was leaving Al Forno's in two weeks, told us we we no longer welcome there.

We have decided not to beat a dead horse any more, just let it Rest in Peace.

Pros: Pizza Margarhita, Outdoor Courtyard

Cons: Service, Pompous Attitude, Declining Food Qualit

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Food is very good!!I had heard a lot about AL FORNO's so i went there.I expected more.Very pricey for the money.

1
★★★☆☆

Food is very good!!I had heard a lot about AL FORNO's so i went there.I expected more.Very pricey for the money.

Pros: good food

Cons: overrated, expensive

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I think the food is fab at Al Forno but they could do a great deal of improvement with the service. The service is very disapointing to many many patrons. If the food wasn't so extraordinary, this place would be a failure. Perhaps the owners know this. Also, I agree the bartender should realize where his greatest percentage of pay comes from. TIPS!! Be a pleasure to greet your customers!

2
★★★★☆

I think the food is fab at Al Forno but they could do a great deal of improvement with the service. The service is very disapointing to many many patrons. If the food wasn't so extraordinary, this place would be a failure. Perhaps the owners know this. Also, I agree the bartender should realize where his greatest percentage of pay comes from. TIPS!! Be a pleasure to greet your customers!

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Since opening their doors in 1980, chefs-owners Johanne Killeen and George Germon have earned untouchable status for their artfully simple and cerebral renditions of food rooted in the various regional cuisines of Italy and Southern…

 

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