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.
The coal-fired oven at Rock N' Coal Pizza fires out Italian favorites that fuse flavors from both the Old World and the New. Chefs specialize in both classic Neapolitan pizzas—such as the shrimp and vodka sauce pie—as well as the more modern New York style pizza topped with toppings such as buffalo chicken. But guests don't have to stick to just modern or traditional. They can combine both styles with the menu's build-your-own-pizza option. Guests can choose to build their own prime beef burger, too, or select one of the chef's gourmet combination such as the bistro burger—a patty topped with bacon, cheddar, and a fried egg.
In the massive main room, flatscreen televisions hang over booths casting a warm glow over meals and broadcasting the day's biggest games. The main room may be a destination for sports fans, but Rock N' Coal's private room gives guests a chance to celebrate special occasions or plan their next move in a rapidly escalating prank war.