Location: 32 Spruce Street, Providence, RI 02903
Cuisine: Grilled pizzas
Will I eat there again: YES!
Grilled pizza's and Providence go hand in hand. Local legend has it that the grilled pizza was invented at Al Forno, and while it may certainly have been brought into the mainstream there- I imagine that cavemen have been grilling dough over their fires for quite some time...
Regardless, there are a bunch of eateries that serve a mean thin-crust grilled pizza here in RI. I had heard of Bob and Timmy's for quite some time, but never fully figured out where it was. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology (iphone + urbanspoon), we were able to brave the wilds of federal hill and made it safely to 32 Spruce Street.
Not only do they have beer and wine and cocktails to go with their grilled pizza's, but they also make some mean wings. Certainly not the hottest, but they had a great sauce on them, using the magical combination of vinegar and hot pepper (one of my favorite flavor combos) lightly tempered with sweetness to achieve a truly tasty wing (And for $10 they had better be good wings)!
Sam Adam's winter lager and our memorable wings were followed by a grilled pizza margarita. There are many interesting pizza options available, but as devotees of the pizza margarita we thought that it was important to start out with the classic tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella. The dough was great- super thin crust, almost like a naan, but still a pizza crust. The only part we found lacking was the fresh tomatoes- which given that it is January may well be understandable if not delicious. One of the best parts of the pizza was that it stayed hot for a remarkably long time, mostly due to a well heated serving pan I imagine.
Service was very friendly, and it was clear that many of the customers dining that night were long time regulars well acquainted with the waitstaff (always a good sign). Not the best grilled pizza (Al Forno and Bacaro top it fairly easily) in town, but at just over half the price for a larger pie, a much more affordable one!
Not the easiest place to find, but well worth the effort. Great wings and a great crust with good toppings make Bob and Timmy's Grilled Pizza's a restaurant well worth visiting.