January 27th, 2016
Last January, I was lucky enough to be invited to Providence for a visit to Brown for work. Of course, we jumped at this opportunity to knock off one of the pizza places from the list (and to have part of it expensed!), so we decided to hit Providence Coal Fired Pizza for dinner after my meetings.
I had driven up to Providence, and the plan was for Eric to come and meet me and then we’d drive back home together. Providence isn’t too far from NYC, after all. Only about a 3.5 hour ride on Amtrak (Eric is a good sport!).
Eric was very hungry by the time his train got in around 7 pm, and I was hungry from waiting for him. We walked into Providence Coal Fired and grabbed a couple of seats at the bar. The place was pretty busy for a Wednesday night, but then we realized that most of the diners were heading to an evening show downtown. When they cleared out, we had the restaurant to ourselves.
We started off getting one of the salads to share – the Lentil and Hummus. I hate to say that it was almost better than the pizza. It was full of lentils and hummus (obviously), mixed lettuce, red onion, roasted portobellos, grape tomatoes, cucumber, goat cheese, and house baked flat bread, and was beautifully presented.
BUT this is a pizza blog, so I’ll get right to the pizza that we ordered. We tried the Rocket pizza, which was a Margherita topped with arugula and Pecorino cheese. It was great to have a different style of pizza here. As the name of the restaurant suggests, the pizzas are coal-fired in Rhode Island’s first and only coal-fired pizza oven. They actually import the coal from PA. The crust was crispy and slightly charred, just the way we like it. We felt pretty full after splitting this one pizza, since the salad was also pretty filling.
When we finished eating, we hopped in the car and drove a couple of hours to Connecticut to see the Grandparents, who kindly let us stay overnight so that we didn’t have to drive all the way back to NJ until the next morning. Thanks Gram and Gramps!
Providence Coal Fired Pizza
385 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903