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Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.

Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.: Al Forno

Lexi Dantzig

Al Forno, Providence, RI

Husband-and-wife owner-chefs George Germon and Johanne Killeen opened Providence’s most famous restaurant in 1980, bringing grilled pizza into the American consciousness. More than 30 years later, the restaurant is still drawing crowds, not accepting reservations for parties fewer than six, and not having to—this Italian is worth the wait. There’s a wood grill and roasts, but you’ll want to try one of the irregularly shaped grilled pizzas that are served as appetizers (Margherita, calamari, or with hot pepper-infused oil) and any of the famous baked pastas.

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