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New: Providence Named 5th Best City in US for Pizza

Monday, April 28, 2014

 

Providence has been named the 5th best city for pizza by the Huffington Post

"Providence, capital of Rhode Island, has emerged from its post-industrial malaise over the past couple of decades to become an excellent destination for food-lovers. Part of this transformation has involved evolving a great pizza culture, with a variety of twists on traditional methods. Italian restaurant Al Forno is famous for its distinctive grilled pizzas, which it serves as an appetizer", wrote Huffington Post.

See Huffington Post Top 7 Cities for Pizza HERE

Huffington Post continued, "Providence Coal-Fired Pizza bakes its pizzas in a coal oven that reaches much higher temperatures than the usual wood-fired approach, imbuing the final product with a smoky flavor; it also has a range of more decadent toppings, such as meatballs. And a small, eccentric contender for Providence's best pizzeria is Bob & Timmy's Grilled Pizza, which grills its pizza over a wood fire and offers a range of unusual toppings."

 

Related Slideshow: The 12 Best Pizzas In New England 2013

According to the Daily Meal, twelve of the America's101 best pizzas can be found right here in New England. Take a look, and find out where you can get your next tasty pie. 

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#12 Galleria Umberto Rosticceria (Boston)

Cheese Pizza
 
Overall Rank: #85
 
A North End staple, Galleria Umberto is a by-the-slice pizza place that often features lines extending around the block.  The interior features no frills, the menu is quite simple, but their cheese pizza has long been been considered to be Boston's best.  
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#11 Picco (Boston)

Margherita Pizza
 
Overall Rank: 76
 
Located next to Boston Center for the Arts, Picco is a full-service restaurant featuring a wide selection of Mediterranean cuisine. Though the margherita pizza is the reason they made the list, they also have several inventive pie options such as Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash & Fontina, or Roasted Eggplant & Cauliflower. 
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#10 Al Forno (Old Saybrook, CT)

Margherita Pizza
 
Overall Rank: 68
 
Established in 1992, Al Forno (Not the one in Providence) uses a brick oven heated to over 600 degrees to create some of the best pizzas on the New Haven shoreline. They have received favorable reviews in the New York Times and Hartford Courant, and were named as one of Zagat's "Top 1000 Italian Restauants in America" in 2008. 
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#9 Coppa (Boston)

Salsiccia Pizza
 
Overall Rank: 54
 
The wood-fired pizza at Coppa compliments a full menu of traditional italian dishes crafted by owner-chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette.  Early in his culinary career, Oringer worked as pastry chef at Providence's Al Forno, which also made this list. 
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#8 Scampo (Boston)

Lamb Pizza
 
Overall Rank: 41
 
Scampo, the first-floor restaurant within the famous prison-turned-hotel, Liberty Hotel, features a full menu of inventive italian-inspired cuisine, which also draws on Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors.  The Lamb pizza, which makes the list, is only one of several unique pie options on their menu.
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#7 Santarpio's (East Boston)

Mozzarella, Sausage, and Garlic Pizza
 
Overall Rank: 29
 
Established in 1903, the East Boston-based Santarpio's is the three-time defending award winner of "Best Traditional Pizza" by Boston Magazine.  The family-owned features New York-style pizza and has become a landmark in the Boston area. 
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#6 Colony Grill (Stamford, CT)

Sausage Pizza
 
Overall Rank:27
 
Colony Grill, established in Stamford's largest Irish neighborhood in 1935, features thin-crust style pizza.  Their menu is very simple, including only the staple pizza ingredients, allowing the restaurant to offer "a one-of-a-kind thin-crust pizza that is served simply."
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#5 Regina Pizzeria (Boston)

Melanzane Pizza
 
Overall Rank: 22
 
Though they have more than a dozen locations, Regina Pizzeria's original location in Boston's North End serves as a neighborhood staple and landmark.  Many of the pizzeria's menu items are old family recipes dating back to its establishment in 1926. 
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#4 Modern Apizza (New Haven, CT)

Italian Bomb Pizza
 
Overall Rank: 11
 
Founded in 1934, Modern Apizza features brick oven-style pizzas.  Their traditional Italian menu features many great pies and specialty items, but are on this list due to the "Italian Bomb," a pizza covered in bacon, sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, onion, pepper, and garlic. 
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#3 Al Forno (Providence, RI)

Margarita Pizza
 
Overall Rank: 10
 
Chef-owners Johanne Killeen and George Germon established Al Forno in 1980 to bring simple renditions of food rooted in various Italian regions to Providence. Their signature margarita pizza has been named to several "best pizza" lists in recent years, such as Food and Wine magazine. 
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#2 Sally's Apizza (New Haven, CT)

Tomato Pie
 
Overall Rank: 7
 
Sally's, established in 1938 by Salvatore Consiglio, is renown for its thin crust pizza which has been made in the same coal-fired oven for more than 60 years. Salvatore was the nephew of Frank Pepe, whose pizza also made the list.  
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#1 Frank Pepe's (New Haven, CT)

White Clam Pizza
 
Overall Rank:1
 
Established in 1925, Frank Pepe's Pizzeria's white clam pizza is rated as not only the best pizza in New England, but also best in all of America.  The pizzeria uses coal-fired brick ovens, and uses only fresh clams in their most famous pie. Frank Pepe's has been a favorite for many celebrities over the years, including Ronald Regan and Frank Sinatra. 
 
 

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