Al Forno is a restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island by husband and wife Johanne Killeen and George Germon in 1980. They call their food “Cucina Simpatica: Robust Trattoria Cooking”.[1]

They are known as the birthplace of flatbread pizza.[2]

Killeen and Germon were artists looking for a way to supplement their income when they opened the restaurant.[3]

The couple won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1993 for being the best chefs in the Northeast, and Al Forno was named the best casual restaurant in the world in 1994 by The International Herald Tribune.[3]

Their Apple Tart was featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate.[4]


  1. ^ Weesner, Ted (May 23, 2017). "Al Forno, Providence's most influential restaurant, still vital after all these years". Boston Globe. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ Canavan, Hilary Dixler (March 19, 2014). "The Grilled Pizza Margarita at Al Forno in Providence". The Eater. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Bidgood, Jess (October 31, 2015). "George Germon, Founder of Rhode Island Dining Gem, Dies at 70". New York Times. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  4. ^ "The Best Apple Tart I Ever Ate". Food Network. Retrieved 12 February 2019.

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