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Al Forno Review (Another One!)

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Al Forno Review (Another One!)

Bruno Blake | May 16, 2002 02:57 PM

Hi all.

I know that numerous reviews of Al Forno have been previously posted, but I thought I'd throw my two cents in since I was just there yesterday.

We had a party of 5 that arrived at 6:30, and we were seated right away! Needless to say we were incredibly surprised! Our waiter promptly served us water, and walked us through some specials.

We went with the standards - the margarita pizza, pink pasta, and the chocolate crepes. As usual, the pacing of the meal was glacial, but then again it's refreshing to go somewhere and not feel rushed.

The pizza, which came out first, was very good. Very thin with a slightly burnt crust, with a heavy dose of grated cheese and fresh tomato's. My only gripe was that it was a bit too oily - I love olive oil, but the crust was literally dripping with it.

The pink pasta was excellent - slightly crunchy, yet amazingly gooey and rich at the same time. Rarely have I had a dish that seemed so simple, yet so flavorful.
BTW, I had a very fruity chianti with it and it was spectacular with the gorgonzola in the pasta.

Finally I ordered the chocolate crepes for desert. Good stuff - not too rich in the chocolate taste, but enough so that I felt complete when the plate was sadly empty. :)

Overall the service was good, the food very good. While Al Forno may not be the mecca it used to be (there are many good restaurants now in New England that replicate Al Forno and even best it), it's still a reliably good restaurant that respects the fact that eating is an experience and not just a function of life.

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