My husband and I have been planning a “celebration” dinner forever– so many positive things have happened to us both lately that call for celebration! Among those things include my husband’s work finally slowing down until January, the end of my school year, and the chance for us to finally spend a lot of time together after a busy stretch! At the same time, we have had a lot of weekend plans lately with friends, so finding time to plan a special dinner for just the two of us at our absolute favorite restaurant hasn’t been easy. We finally found time last night though, and made a spur-of-the-moment trip to our go-to “special occasion” restaurant, Al Forno.
Another reason why it’s tough for us to have dinner at Al Forno because the restaurant doesn’t take reservations for small parties. Because the restaurant is literally world-famous, it isn’t uncommon to have to wait for hours to eat! Yesterday, we arrived on the early side and just planned to wait it out. Fortunately, we only had to wait twenty minutes!
Al Forno features primarily Italian food, but with the focus on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Known for being the first restaurant in America to serve grilled pizza, Al Forno is the one place to go if you have a chance to dine in Rhode Island. From the food to service to atmosphere and décor, this place is spectacular!
We started with their signature “spicy” grilled pizza; hands-down it was the best grilled pizza I have ever tasted! The swirls of spicy olive oil were insane.
I also enjoyed a few pieces of bread with olive oil.
Now for the entrée– despite the fact Al Forno has so many amazing things on their menu, I always order the same thing– their four cheese and tomato baked pasta. It comes out piping hot and symbolizes everything that is right about the combo of cheese, tomato sauce and pasta!
Al Forno asks that you order dessert with the entrée since it is made to order. Know for their homemade tarts, I knew I had to get one, but was torn on whether to get a berry, fig, or rhubarb tart. I went out on a limb and ordered rhubarb, since it is the only type of tart I had never tried before. I made an excellent decision– the rhubarb melted in my mouth and was a nice tangy contrast to the sweet, flaky crust and vanilla cream sauce.
I sipped on some decaf too!
Yet again, Al Forno did not disappoint! It was a special night marking some pretty special events, and I am so glad we finally made it happen!
Are you a fan of tarts? Admittedly, I haven’t tried too many tarts other than the ones at Al Forno and I am obsessed with them!