Saturday, July 21, 2012
Al Forno in Providence, Rhode Island
Another great dinner at Al Forno in Providence. I've been eating the Italian cooking of Chef-owners Johanne Killeen & George Germon for more than 30 years, starting with the early days on Steeple Street. I worked in an office above the small restaurant and was tasked with picking up plates of spaghetti bolognese for my boss for lunch. Tough job, I know. Well, last Saturday I had the chance to go back to Al Forno and we had a wonderful time- great food, service, ambiance... it was really a lot of fun. After cocktails at the outdoor bar (they make a very nice Negroni), the real fun began. We had it all: Grilled Pizza Calamari crispy fried calamari, arrabbiata sauce, fresh herbs, two cheeses Native Tomato and Corn Salad red onions, fresh basil, garlic croutons, balsamic vinaigrette Native corn fritters (with that supper nice corny taste) Linguine with Creamy Egg, Duck Bacon and Pea Tendrils parmigiano-reggiano, hot pepper flakes Dirty Steak with Hot Fanny Sauce (one of their signature dishes) Fresh Native Blueberry Tart Grand Cookie Finale Freshly baked cookies, chocolate truffles, warm chocolate-ricotta fritters and candied citrus peel.