Creating a list for the best pizza spots in Providence is a daunting task; the city is home to so many excellent pizzerias and what constitutes the “best” is so subjective, particularly with a food item that can be prepared in such a variety of ways. Thin crust, thick crust, wood fired, traditional, modern – take your pick and grab a slice from any of the restaurants highlighted below, or strike out on your own pizza quest and let us know who we missed!
Tommy’s Pizza was founded in 1955 and still operates in its original location on Chalkstone Avenue. A three-generation family business that serves as a meeting place in the neighborhood, Tommy’s takes pride in serving great food in a friendly atmosphere at a reasonable price, so if you’re looking for an excellent example of traditional pizza, look no further. The double cheese, double pepperoni is highly recommended by locals.
Fellini’s is a family style pizzeria offering New York Style crusts and a variety of toppings to keep things interesting. Keep it simple by ordering the Satyricon or go crazy and order the Kitchen Sink, which comes topped with penne pasta, feta cheese, scallions, roasted red peppers, pepperoni and parmesan peppercorn sauce. Originally opened in the historic East Side of Providence in 1989, Felini’s has been featured on the Phantom Gourmet and has won numerous awards.
Nice Slice on Westminster is your destination for fun vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options! We recommend the Figgy Stardust, which comes topped with figs, arugula, fresh mozzarella, and evoo, or Built Your Own with your choice of vegan meat substitutes! They also have non-vegan options, too, like Space Junk, topped with marinated chicken breast, broccoli, and peppercorn parmesan.
Napolitano’s, located right in the heart of Federal Hill on Atwells, Brooklyn style pizza is made from scratch with Greek style sauce in a wood fired oven, all of which comes together for a signature sweet taste. Order one of their specialty pizzas to see what all the hype is about! We suggest The Verrazano, topped with buffalo fried chicken & blue cheese dressing, or the Skinny Malink, which is a cheese pie with house-made hickory smoked bacon and candied jalapenos.
Pizza Marvin in Fox Point is one of the city’s newest places for pizza, but arrived on the scene as a tribute to the kind of neighborhood pizzerias you’d find in the 80s and 90s. Their design may be nostalgic (Nintendo video games, boom boxes, and gumball machines are major inspiration) but their New Haven-style pizzas are modern, with choices like the Lemme, topped with potato, lemons, and rosemary, or the Quasino, topped with clams, pancetta, and oregano.
Al Forno Restaurant is a fine dining establishment opened in 1980 on the riverfront in Providence and they continue to offer original and creative cuisine prepared over hardwood charcoal fires – many consider their signature grilled pizza to be the best in the city and state. Their pizza menu is limited to ensure the same high quality every time – any of their classic options are a great choice, but we love the Spicy pizza, with pomodoro, fresh herbs, two cheeses, and hot pepper-infused oil.