Taking a closer look at Downtown Providence, one can see love and romance in the details. Cotton candy skies setting as the backdrop behind the superman building, strings of lights twinkling on Westminster, and the aroma of wood fire pizza wafting through the open doors at Figidini Pizza on Washington Street.
An inviting yet intimate nook right in the heart of Downtown, Figidini is an ideal go-to for date night. The origins of the Neapolitan Style pizza is rooted in love, itself. Owners Frankie and Kara followed the footsteps of Frankie’s parents, who owned Franca’s Pizzaria, one of the very first wood fired pizza ovens in Massachusetts. A second generation of love and passion for exquisite cuisine has come to life right here, in Providence at Figidini.
We settled into a bar stool and felt at home, surrounded by candle light and earth tones and ordered a craft cocktail. The cactus margarita looked like an Arizona summer, with a snowy salt rim. Sweet and tart, we puckered up with the waves with pear and cactus juice swirling with the tequila. It may be February, but one sip and we would be fooled into feeling like July.
The open air kitchen helps to fill the space with the mesmerizing scent of dough blistering on a crackling wood burning over. So naturally, we followed course and ordered the burrata pizza. If you have never had burrata, we suggest doing so while sitting, because it could knock you right off your feet. A semi-firm buffalo mozzarella cheese that with the wonderful stretchy quality we all love, with a creamy, oozing center of soft and rich textured cheese. Ahem, pay attention, because here is where it gets good. The burrata is the centerpiece to the pizza, which is hand formed from 00 imported flour and slid into the flaming wood oven. Baking flavors into the dough that only a wood oven can provide, the crust is perfectly crisped on the edged and soft and doughy in the center. A lovely texture to accompany the immense flavors layered on top; San Marzano tomato sauce, shaved garlic, olive oil, salametta picanta (basically really bomb/fancy pepperoni), and oregano. Cutting into the burrata lets the soft runny cheese inside seep into the crust of the pizza, making wonderfully unique tastes.
Providence may have a lot of pizza places, but in all of our travels throughout the city, we have not met a pizza anything like this one. The simplicity of the right seasoning and fresh ingredients paired with the flavors of the wood oven and of course, the love that goes into it, sets it aside. If we are being honest, the last time we had pizza that tasted like this, was in Italy itself. You know, THE Italy! (So we're saying it's the real deal).
We would like to thank Figidini for being so welcoming, and accommodating. We can not wait to join you on a warm summer night outside, for pizza and a cocktail. We know we’ll be back before it gets warm, but we are just dreaming here!