Food Find: Fried Calzones at Warren’s Federal Hill Pizza
Friday, June 04, 2010
Federal Hill Pizza may not have been the first, but practice makes perfect. Presenting: the deep-fried calzone.
There aren’t many (if any) other places in Rhody doing calzones this good. Think fried dough on the midway, only much heartier. This deceptively gut-busting delight is crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside and won’t leave your mouth dry. The shell is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and prosciutto, all melted together after a hot oil bath. Manzo doesn’t skimp on fresh ingredients either, garnishing the dish with fresh California tomato sauce and chopped basil generously perched on top.
As Manzo describes it, most of the menu at Federal Hill Pizza is made up of “hardcore peasant food.” Made with only a few ingredients (and a notable absence of sugar), this is the sort of thing you’d find in your southern Italian grandmother’s kitchen. If calzones aren’t for you, the pizza is the best in the area; the crust has that perfect al dente finish, and there’s nobody who can argue that fresh
Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza, â�¨ 495 Main St, Warren, 245-0045, Mon-Wed 11:30am-9pm, Thurs-Sat 'til 10pm, Sun 11-7, www.federalhillpizza.com
Lou lives and drinks in Providence. Not being a native Rhode Islander, he doesn’t mind ranging far afield (read: crossing a bridge) to indulge epicurean pursuits.