Warren’s Federal Hill Pizza isn’t just engaged in some clever branding: this pizza-and-brew restaurant on Main Street was born in the back of a cigar shop on Providence’s Federal Hill. Discerning slice-chompers will detect more a hint of the classic Caserta’s pizza formula here (even if there’s no direct relationship between the two pizzerias) — bright, chunky and slightly acidic tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and a minimum of spices, albeit on a round pie rather than Caserta’s traditional sheets.
Underlying it all is a crispy crust — not too airy, not too dense — that actually has become more famous than the East Bay restaurant (you can buy Federal Hill Pizza shells at local supermarkets). The style is Neapolitan, the formula, simple: flour, water, yeast, and salt. The success (why IS it so hard to get a good pizza in Rhode Island?) is a testament to chef/owner William Manzo’s skill and insistence on using only top-quality ingredients.
Come on a weekday like we did and you can take advantage of a half-price lunch special that includes a selection of pizzas, salads, and sandwiches: we got out for under $15 for a six-slice pizza, a Greek salad that was easily shared by two, and soft drinks. Beer is extra of course, but as the rows of taps on display around the bar will attest, Federal Hill Pizza has a nice (and ever-rotating) selection of drafts available. The two-level dining room was quiet on the day we visited but seems like a great place to hang out with friends and have a few slices and beers when the game is on.
Federal Hill Pizza
495 Main Street
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 4:00 pm-9:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00 pm -10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:30 am -10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am – 8:00 pm