Al Forno has been around since 1980, before there was a food scene in
Waterfire is an installation of bonfires along the rivers in
Al Forno is a large space on the edge of
We had the famous pizza; we opted for the pizza Bambini, which is topped with onion rings, fried calamari and the antipasto plate. The pizza was great; there was a huge mount of fried onion strings on top and they added a next crispy salt contrast to the sauce. I really enjoyed the grilling of the pizza; it imparted a woodsy, smokey flavor, as well as a unique texture to the crust you don't get with regular pizza ovens. Calamari was good, very tender, light batter, and it came with a good marinara sauce. The antipasto came with an assortment of classic Italian nibbles; olives, fresh mozz, prosciutto, roasted peppers, etc.
Desserts were also very nice. We shared a "Croque Mademoiselle" and a brownie dulce de leche ice cream sandwich. Croque Mademoiselle normally a grilled ham, cheese and onion sandwich, but this version was a brioche filled with Nutella. Very tasty. The dulce de leche ice cream was great (I do love all things caramel), and the dark chocolate brownie was a nice contrast. I do have to note these were the most expensive desserts I’ve ever encountered at 14.95 a pop. That’s impressive given all the fine dining I’ve done.
It was a nice dinner, but would have been way overpriced if we had had a full meal. Still, it’s always nice to experience food history. Hit Waterfire if you can, it’s a good time.