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“Finally - good pizza in Rhode Island” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Providence Coal-Fired Pizza

Providence Coal-Fired Pizza
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Ranked #27 of 794 Restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Providence Coal Fired Pizza is Rhode Island’s only Coal-Fired Pizza Restaurant using authentic Pennsylvania coal. Our coal oven is even more unique - designed and manufactured in Bellingham, Washington, our custom oven cooks authentic pizza recipes, along with other coal-inspired menu items such as wings, chicken, and other traditional menu items.
Coventry, Rhode Island
1 review
“Finally - good pizza in Rhode Island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

First, a little background - I grew up in RI, then moved to Massachusetts for college and then stayed for 20+ years. I moved back to RI three years ago and, until August 31st, had yet to find a place that served a pizza that I would want to eat again. Yet, at times desperate for pizza, I would eat sub-par pies again and again. My other half has a security/telecom business and was working a job in Providence. He kept seeing PCFP and said he wanted to try it. Meanwhile, I saw the place featured on an episode of the Phantom Gourmet so I was willing to give it a shot.

SO GLAD WE DID! The pizza was very good. The inner part of the crust could have been a bit crisper, but everything else was just fantastic. Fresh toppings and the char on the chewy outer crust were great! And can we talk about the chicken wings? Best wings I have ever had. These weren't your typical little restaurant wings that are dumped frozen from a bag into a fryolator and coated with some sauce that came in a big jug. These are big, meaty chicken wings - coal-fired with sea salt and rosemary and covered with roasted onions. Seriously, get the large order because later in the day or the next day, you'll be wishing you had some left over to snack on!

We were there on a Saturday afternoon and sat at the bar (which, if given a choice, we always prefer to eat the bar in a place) so I cannot comment on the table service. However, Victoria, our bartender was attentive and very helpful - knowledgeable about the menu and right there if we needed a drink refill. Everything appeared clean (the restrooms were not fancy, but very clean compared to a lot of places I've been) and the atmosphere is fun. The décor is more upscale than your average pizza joint, which only added to the positive experience.

I gave it 4 out of 5 because (a) the place has very high ceilings and no sound absorption so it was quite loud, even with not a lot of people in it around 3 on a Saturday afternoon and (b) it seems that on weekends they serve only the dinner menu, even during the day. The lunch menu had some good sounding sandwiches on it which weren't on the dinner menu.

Full confession - we enjoyed this place and the meal so much that we went back the next day for more!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
East Providence, Rhode Island
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115 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Good Food & Drinks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

We stopped in for the first time not too long ago. Great little pizza place with creative options. We tried the special which was a BBQ/Buffalo Chicken Pizza...yummy! The atmosphere was standard, drinks are great and the service was perfect- they didn't push us out the door as they started to clean up. We felt that it was a good value and will definitely be back :)

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank caroleeene
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East Providence, Rhode Island
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Love the pizza & atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

My husband and I enjoy eating here. The pizza is large enough for 2 hungry people. We usually take 2 slices home. We've dined here 3 times & have had positive experiences every time. We like the hummus appetizer. Can't go wrong with any pizza you order.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brianne P
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2 reviews
“Best Pizza in RI”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

Best pizza in Rhode Island. Finally an escape from Sicillian in Providence! Great prices and excellent service as well. Atmosphere is perfect too.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Monotone79
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Edinburgh
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75 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Light My Fire”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

We had passed this attractive restaurant several times- it was always busy, with the sidewalk tables full. When we tried it on one of our last nights in the city we were not disappointed. Though a large restaurant it contrives to have a personal family feel, and seems popular with all age groups. Tables are well-spaced, lighting is ambient, and there are some interesting paintings of music personalities of the past on the walls. Staff are friendly, welcoming and efficient. Pizzas were massive and delicious, as were the starters, particularly the wings. If there was anything to fault, it would be the cocktails I sampled; both seemed a bit lacking in kick, or perhaps it was alcohol. Very reasonably priced. One to visit again.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Allan J
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