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Sep 27, 2009 03:13 PM

What's up with Rhode Island pizza?

Okay, I have lived here in Rhode Island for 8 years and still have not had a good slice of pizza. This is strickly my opinion of good pizza--- hand tossed, thin pizza that you can fold while eatting; most would know it as neapolitan pizza. I say probably the closest to this is Fellini's on Providence's East Side but I feel that is more gourmet pizza, not pizzeria pizza. The type you have with a generic yellow beer and eat off of a paper plate. Any suggestion to where I can get thin, fold-able pizza around Providence? This is just confusing to me because there is a high concentration of Italians in Rhode Island.

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  1. I know what you mean...I gave up and make my own! I wish I could make it thinner, but what I've made always seems better than what I can buy.

    1. I'm from NJ, and know exactly what you mean. I've been here for 10 years now, and still haven't been able to get used to the standard RI pizza.

      That said, there are a couple of places that almost, but not quite, get it right. Vivaldi's in th Edgewood section of Cranston, on Broad Street, has the foldable part right, if not the flavor 100%. Also Pier Pizza, which has a few locations, can be decent. We frequent the one in Cranston, near the YMCA. ( Again, it's definitely got the foldable quality, with lots of bubbles in the crust, and the flavor and texture are good, but not spectacular. Better than most of what you get in Rhode Island though. Occasionally they do burn the bottom, but that problem seems to have been resolved as of late.

      Good luck! And please post if you end up finding anything that hits the mark. There used to be a place on Park Ave in Cranston that was outstanding, but unfortunately they closed up shop. Vivaldi's and Pier are really the only two places I go now.

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      1. re: dagwood

        I'm originally from NY and I know what you mean about most RI (and most of New England) pizza. I've never been, but what about Caserta Pizzeria on Federal Hill ( I always thought that they made an authentic thin crust Italian pizza. Papa Gino's makes a serviceable thin crust pie. There's lot of great food in RI and New England.... but pizza generally isn't in the "great" category up here.

        The problem in the RI/MA/Eastern CT area is that most places make the Greek style pan pizza. It can be very tasty too, but never quite as good. So if anyone knows some pizza places in RI that make you feel like you're back in NJ or NY please do tell.

      2. Isn't there a Pier Pizza in N. Kingstown? Would you consider that one a worth while try?

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        1. re: Alica

          Yes, there is one in N. Kingstown. I've never been to any of them except for the Cranston one, so I'm not sure how similar they are. Since it's a local chain I would assume that they are more similar location-to-location than not, but I can't testify to that.

          1. re: Alica

            we get pier pizza all the time at work...definitely good by RI standards but no way close to good by this ct transplants stanadards

            1. re: aquidneck

              which location? I'm wondering if they're different. I may need to do some travels to other locations. All in the name of research, of course ;)

              1. re: dagwood

                the wakefield location. Probably my favorite pizza in RI which isnt saying much but its not bad.

          2. You are the second person to recommend Pier Pizza. I have also received two recommendations of Twin Pizza in North Providence. I agree about Papa Gino but used to enjoy the Regina Pizza in the Providence Place Mall before it closed.

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            1. re: sarahbeth

              Twin's Pizza is amazing... but it is not what you are looking for. It is Rhode Island style (i.e. relatively thick crust and rectangular). Defintely not foldable.

              Have you tried Via Via or Pizza Pieer in Providence?

              As to the confusion, while there are lots of Italians in RI they did not necessarily migrate by way of NY/NJ. They developed their own style of pizza which as far as I know doesn't really exist outside of Rhode Island (see Tommy's, Casserta's and Twins).

              1. re: sarahbeth

                Yes, Regina was good, especially considering it was in a mall. If you liked Regina I do think you'll like Pier. I haven't tried Twin Pizza.

              2. I'm originally from NJ and the closest and best that I've found is Vetrano's in Westerly.


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                1. re: hmahady

                  I have eaten at Bertucci's in Warwick twice and thought the pizza was good (the pasta, not so much). In fact, I was surprised when I discovered it was a chain, since usually, chains are not good at all.