I went to Al Forno last night after meeting some friends from where I used to work. I think that it is the best restaurant in Providence.
My date and I shared a Tomato and Corn salad with Arugula, Tagliatelle (pasta with egg, mushrooms, basil and a wonderful cream sauce) and a Blackberry Tart. We also had a lovely half bottle of French Sancerre with dinner and some terrific coffee with our tart.
The atmosphere is great, looking out over the beautiful river and restored waterfront in Providence or we could have sat in a lovely garden setting downstairs.
My only complaint is that they kept trying to poach my plates and they wouldn't stop filling my water glass. (Even when I said stop and I had had enough water, they made another two attempts to fill it.) But overall the service was friendly, informative and kept things moving well.
I have been to Al Forno a half dozen times and have never had a bad meal. Their specialties include wood-grilled pizza, made to order desserts with a lot of regionalal and seasonal fare. I urge you to try it. They do not accept reservations but I have never had to wait more than half an hour. Parking is complimentary in their own lot.
It can be a little difficult to find the first time you go but if you can find the big power plant and can get to the other side of the river you just need to go over to where the entrance is to 195 and scoot around the Corliss landing buildings. Once you have made a half circle of that block (turning right), you will be there.
It's a shame they wouldn't let me stay for breakfast.