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“Not what it used to be”
Review of Al Forno

Al Forno
Ranked #25 of 897 Restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Fox Point
Description: telephone #401-273-9760Fodor's choice star rating
Reviewed January 3, 2018

What had been a favorite restaurant in the 80s has lost its magic. We've tried it three times in last few months, and have walked away disappointed every time. Last night the linguine with egg, pancetta, and arugula was not only not good, it left me feeling sick (bad, too raw egg?). The potatoes that came with my son's half-chicken were raw and inedible (the chicken wasn't bad, but nothing so special as to deserve the high prices). Even the dessert crepes were dull (how do you screw up nutella and creme anglaise?!) and the whipped cream tasted watery.The waitstaff has always been professional and attentive, maybe even a bit too.

It was a good run, but might be time to try something new (and/or lower their prices to match the quality).

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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

There were four of us at a round table upstairs in the first room on the left) after the bar. There are two small rooms with quite a few tables close by. There were a lot of people in the small room. It was SO loud, I couldn't hear the people on either side of me. It was so frustrating for us to keep repeating ourselves and straining to hear. It made dinner so much less enjoyable. We ordered the pumpkin pizza ($21.95) which I thought was a bit soggy and fair at best, the Caesar salad and a "special salad", both good ($14.95). The roasted vegetable entree was good ($20.95). For dessert we shared the ice cream sandwich ($12.95). The prices are high for what you get and the noise level made it unenjoyable.

Thank Bobbie W
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Reviewed December 6, 2017

We were a party of four so no reservations. Seated at a table in the Bar area, which was noisy and not conducive to relaxed conversation. Also right next to. Booth then bathroom doors and the handicapped entrance. For a restaurant in this price range, there should be no dinner seating in this area.
That said, the food was excellent, with creative shades and sauces. The chocolate cake was exceptionally delicious.
Entrees are almost all in the $30 range, and then restaurant is nicely decorated, so pick your table well so that you can linger and enjoy the food- and conversation.

Thank Bev B
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Reviewed November 26, 2017

Food, atmosphere, service, all were spectacular. We arrived very early by dinner standards and did not have any wait. However, they have a reputation of long waits, especially on weekends. They do not take reservations for parties under 6 people. Our server, Jake, was very attentive, supremely knowledgeable, but not in our face. We started with the ultra thin crust Mushroom Duxelle pizza which had such an amazing taste and texture profile to be a real winner. I enjoyed the cod special which was a thick piece perfectly cooked and prepared with mushrooms in a mirepoix white wine reduction and served with tender fingerling potatoes and sauteed chard and spinach with a lemon dressing that was awesome. Every bite was heavenly. My wife enjoyed the scallops - caramelized and stacked on a parsnip puree. My son had the veal. Every plate was completely cleaned. No one had room for dessert. Jake made one small error - a misunderstanding over which wine we had selected. We didn't realize the error until the bill came at the end, but he immediately owned the issue, spoke to the manager and made a price adjustment with no questions asked. We are definitely going back very soon.

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Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

Been here several times and finally remembered to submit review.

Not a family style restaurant but my brother ordered for 11 of us and not a single dish disappointed. Appetizers of meatballs, avocado salad, calamari, clams (in an amazing sauce) and pizzas that were all incredible.

Entree dishes included steak with mashed potatoes, chicken and a flat pasta, 5 cheese pasta and 1 or 2 others I can’t remember but all were great.

The restaurant is on the expensive side but delicious.

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