Al Forno has long been written up as one of Providence's finest upscale restaurants. The ambience is quiet and casually romantic, with European ... More
Al Forno has long been written up as one of Providence's finest upscale restaurants. The ambience is quiet and casually romantic, with European accents. Their cuisine is Northern Italian, made with the freshest local ingredients. Wood-grilled pizza and clam appetizers are very popular as are their fish and pasta dinners. An olive oil cake is a recommended dessert. An impressive selection of 250 wines complete the wine list and a full bar is available. On the edge of downtown, Al Forno is very accessible; parking is available.
This restaurant is a classic case of a business that got lots of well deserved attention and favorable press when it opened, and has been coasting on its reputation ever since. Running a restaurant is incredibly hard work, and I imagine it must be hard to keep the quality, innovation, and service at its original high caliber year after year. But it can be done. See: Mistral Boston. Unfortunately, owner Johanne Killeen is more intent on appearing on Barefoot Contessa than seeing to her restaurant. It won't be long before customers won't be coming back, even with the famous name. Here's hoping Al Forno's downward slide can be stemmed before it's too late.
I have never been more disappointed in a restaurant than I was in this one. Even though their menu asks you to mention any food allergies, they have no plans on even trying to help you with alternative food choices or changing or altering a meal to leave out an ingredient that you are allergic to. The waitress was rude and very unhelpful. Overall the food was overcooked and the baked pasta was watery. The value was also not there, $20 for an apple tart dessert that was a 5 out of 10. All in all, over-priced, lousy food with crappy service. I would never go back.
Best pizza in the entire world! Better than anything you can get in Italy although there was a close call in Rome. Anyone who says the food is not good here is an amateur or unsophisticated. As a big foodie, this is one of the best restaurants ever. Steak is unbelievable-great Grand cookie finale. It bothers me that anyone could say the food is not good here which is why I am writing this review (something I never do). It is a little expensive so reserve for special occasions!
I was so excited to visit this restaurant last week after having read raving reviews but this ended up being the worst restaurant I have ever been to. I cannot comprehend how people are willing to spend $19.95 for a basic pizza that was extremely doughy and saturated in oil. Not only that, the calamari I ordered was overcooked and very chewy along with too many spices, and the pasta was really al dente because it almost made al dents in my teeth enamel because it was so undercooked. Al Forno's food is not only lousy but also extremely overpriced. One would think that a restaurant that charges so much for a dish would have superb, impeccable service, but that was not the case. Not once did the waiter inquire about the food nor did he refill our water glasses without having us have to ask for more. It is laughable that Al Forno's website asks for business casual in terms of required dress code, but the staff themselves dress like crap: sneakers, shirts untucked, pants hanging down to the waste, no kind of uniformity. I will definitely not be referring this restaurant to anybody!
The restaurant is very pretty, the atmosphere is very nice, and the service is quite good. The food is good but overpriced. The bread was very much like Stop & Shop's Italian bread, which I like, but I expect something fancier at a $20 - $30 per-entree restaurant. My wife and I started with a salad that was not on the menu, and it was good but not thrilling. We each had a different baked 5-cheese pasta dish, and they were both good, but nothing exceptional. We ended with the apple tart dessert - yet again good but not exceptionally so. I asked for a coffee with my dessert, and they brought out what appeared to be a cup of instant coffee (judging by the clouds and the taste) along with three sweeteners and no cream. In the end, a dinner for two cost $100 and the food was definitely not worth the money. (Their grilled selections may be better than their pasta, but the grilled items are also substantially more expensive than the pasta!)
An excellent place for couples and families. The food was delicious; the staff was very accommodating with menu changes, prices are high, but well worth it. Definitely worth going while in Providence; it seemed to be very popular with the locals as well. Will definitely go back when in town again.
This has become a staple for me when entertaining friends from ot of town. I love the wine selection, the service is personal and upscale. The deserts are to die for and the atmosphere is freindly and comfortable. I would even go as far as to say romantic!!!! 10!
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