Bob & Timmy's Grilled Pizza – Providence, RI - Chasing Richman: #05
The tight quarters of Bob & Timmy's warm red dining room made for an intimate pizzeria, but I sat comfortably and had no complaints. I especially liked the waitress that served me, she quickly knew that I was from somewhere else, and was eager to make me feel comfortable and at ease.
Anyway, the pizza was really good. I ordered the "Everything Pie", which at $14.00 is a heck of a great value. It comes fully loaded with Pepperoni, Sausage, Meatball, Green Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions and Olives with Pomodoro Sauce, but they had me at Sausage & Pepperoni…
I enjoyed the pizza, this being only the second grilled pizza that I've experienced, the other being at Al Forno also in Providence. But I have to say, now that I've had a couple, a few things pro and con stand out about this style. First, I really like the aspect of eating a grilled pizza, especially as BBQ man. I love the smoky flavor the grill imparts deep into the crust. The crusts are lightly oiled, and while I don't pretend to know the exact procedure to build one of these, I'll wager that the pizza dough gets brushed with oil like a flatbread, and then grilled on both sides, and set aside let it cool. When the actual order is placed, I assume they take the grilled crust, lay on the fresh ingredient and then zap it in a pizza oven, and serve. So far so good, and I think the process yields quite a tasty pie, I certainly need to try doing this at home on my own grill.
What I don't like, is that when eating, the ingredients tend to roll or fall off when your eating since they're not bonded into the crust, or at least in the way of more traditional pizzas, and… that's it!
I really enjoyed eating at Bob & Timmy's, I found the pizza terrific and interesting.
At one point during my meal, a couple from a neighboring table had noticed me snapping pictures of the pizza and the soup, intrigued he walked over inquiring if I might be the "Phantom Gourmet", from what I gather, he's New England's equivalent to Chicago's Frank Bruno, a mystery diner whose face is known to few. I laughed; it was cute, his female companion looked on finding the whole situation quite amusing.
As a Chicagoan I can honestly say, that eventually someone will bring this style of pizza back to Chicago, and guaranteed, we will own you Providence when that day comes! But until then, you have a great and unique tasting pizza that you can call your own.