At The Fire Brick Oven Pizza & Bar, chefs fling dough high into the air, spinning it into discs that will later transform into flatbreads and pizza in the kitchen's signature brick oven. Though pizzas are the chefs' specialty, they also create seafood dishes and prepare gluten-free pasta and desserts. Oven-fresh pizzas, grill-squeezed paninis, pasta, and family-style dining options are savored while diners lounge in black-leather chairs and admire the dining room's modern interior.
Visitors of the daily "Appy Hour" can sidle up to the glossy, gray-marble bar and munch on mussels paired with tuscan bread, sausage-stuffed mushrooms, and pizzas such as the Wildfire Original, which is assembled from mozzarella and fresh basil. Lunch and dinner menus attack hunger with burgers, herb-crusted Atlantic salmon salad, pesto-chicken pizzas, and roasted filet mignon. Adventurous diners can tackle the signature "One Pound" meatball, which is smothered with mozzarella and baked in the oven.
The affable staff of This Guy’s Pizza ushers parades of mozzarella-haloed pizza pies to the gaping gullets of yearning patrons. Veteran crust cutters decorate a regular or thin-crust canvas with red sauce, white sauce, or a paint-by-numbers combination of the two. Then pies are adorned with an included topping from hordes of fast-talking meatballs, broccoli bouquets, glimmering pepperoni, or 1 of 13 other available toppings. After emerging sufficiently crisp and bubbly from pizza infernos, pies are deposited to customers' tables or hands by sliding down This Guy's in-store rainbow arc.
Voted Best Pizza by Providence College, Big Tony's Pizza, a neighborhood joint with a jaunty mafioso theme, serves up gourmet brick-oven pizzas, pasta, and house-specialty Gangster Wraps named after legendary mobsters. Cooks toss made-from-scratch dough in the air before layering on fresh cheese and pizza sauce made from the owner's father's recipe. For a full Mediterranean experience, Big Tony's also prepares regional favorites from baklava to falafel. The spot offers free delivery until 4 a.m.
Olly's Pizza, which maintains a vibe reminiscent of the 1950s, appeases grumbling tummies through a diverse menu rich in user-friendly fare. Hungry patrons can construct their own pizzas on thick, thin, or Sicilian crust foundations or choose a specialty pie, such as the shrimp scampi alfredo ($15.29 for a large) or bacon cheeseburger ($13.79 for a large). Beyond the circular realm, Olly's also paints culinary flare across plates stacked with anything from burgers to chicken to seafood to subs. Ice cream cones (small for $2.50) and brownie sundaes ($4.50) are also available, and can be served cold, cool, or cooler than a varsity quarterback with a pool house and a sense of humility.
The three co-owners of Geppetto's Grilled Pizzeria pair Italian classics and contemporary cuisine at their picturesque Federal Hill eatery, filling a menu with pasta dishes, buffalo wings, and both grilled and New York–style pizzas. Floor-to-ceiling french doors and wood accents imbue the space with Old-World charm, and a European-style courtyard beckons diners to sup al fresco during the summer months or freak January heat waves. Geppetto's group tours and luncheons steep customers in special prix fixe menus and demonstrations, and cooking classes impart students with the know-how to make their own morsels at dinner parties or when a rogue trillionaire kidnaps all the world's chefs to staff his continent-size kitchen.
Included in Rhode Island Monthly's Best of Rhode Island, The Pizza Gourmet accommodates customers with a choice of custom pizzas cooked in-house or raw pies that customers can take home. All pizzas start out as a plate of fresh garlic, olive oil, parmesan, asiago, and italian parsley, but customers can personalize their pies with a multitude of crust, sauce, cheese, and topping options. Although the eatery specializes in pizza, noncircular appetites can be slaked with menu items such as sun-dried tomato pesto penne, italian grinders, and sodas.
The chefs also take their culinary creations out into the world via four theme catering menus, outfitting tailgate parties, corporate breakfasts, and cocktail parties with equal enthusiasm. Food-eaters can customize their catering orders according to dietary needs, as well, including vegan and gluten-free catering options. Inside the restaurant, an exposed-brick accent wall is painted fire-truck red to match the dining room's vivid crimson accents. The walls are covered in a rainbow of handwritten menu options, with entrees, appetizers, salads, and desserts all vying for perfect penmanship awards.
Providence Pizza Company's dough czars concoct specialty and traditional pizzas, in addition to an array of sandwiches, calzones, pasta, and salads. Snag a bubbling slice of Bianca, a cheesy mix of ricotta, feta, mozzarella, and fresh garlic, or the Dorito pizza, a ranch-sauce-slathered pie topped with tomato, hot peppers, onions, olives, and Doritos. All specialty pizzas are available in 12-inch or 18-inch rounds ($9.99, $16.99), and pizza DIYers can amalgamate up to three of Providence's 20 toppings atop either size of dough disk (12" $7.50, 18" 12.75; additional toppings $1 each).