Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by ... More
Il Fornaio - Pasadena
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
II Fornaio has been around for years and the food and service goes up and down... just like the economy... But, I can depend on it to be 'my kind of
restrurant'.... just like Gale's down the street... or the Parkway Grill.... I don't go there for the food... I go there for the ambiance... perhaps I'll cook by gormet dinner at home... and take to II Fornaio to eat... What a great idea... yeah... tomorrow LUNCH at the II Fornaio....
Loud atmosphere. Average Italian food, on par with Spaghetti Factory quality, despite Il Fornaio being significantly more expensive with more detailed menu choices.
Louises -down the street-is much better and prices are similar. And the noise level doesn't make you think you're in a high school cafeteria.
Il Fornaio has been around now for over 10 years in Pasadena, and I like it. Love it? Well, no... But it is consistantly good. Much better then the other Italian joints on the same street. Good happy hour
I have not tried Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana yet, but plan to October 9th for lunch. I moved here from New York 37 years ago, & have yet to find an Italian restaurant that compares with those back East. In recent visits to Brooklyn in New York and Akron in Ohio, I reconfirmed the superior quality of Italian restaurants there. I am looking forward to Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, and hopeful it exceeds my expectations for a California-located restaurant.
When I initially moved out to the Los Angeles area from northern NJ about 3 years ago I thought I would never have good Italian food again, then Il Fornaio caught my eye; there was hope. The food was incredibly disappointing, and an Italian restaurant such as this would not last 5 min back in the Northeast. To all Italian restaurant owners in the Los Angeles area, please visit NY or the tristate area, and take CAREFUL notes. 3 years in Los Angeles and I have not had an excellent Italian meal once; when I am lucky it is mediocre at best and usually incredibly overpriced.
Aaah, man. Did we ever have an awesome dinner –it was, oh, outrageously delicious! The chef is well known from Italy and his food is great! The prosciutto wrapped fish on top of figs with asparagus. It was too good for words. Man, just really awesome! We had a wonderful time and the service was unbelievable too. Just really good -- We totally enjoyed ourselves and thank God for just blessing us with the means to be able to eat at such a lovely place.
I went to the one inside of New York New York and has one of the best meals in my life. While the service and ambience were just as good in Old Town the bread and pasta were no where near as tasty. I was a little disappointed. Even the coffee was not the same. All in all the ambience and service are a 5 but the food was just ok. I like Mi Piace's food better.
The waiter and busboys were excellent. The wine selection was okay. I had the Grilled Salmon. It was just that. There was nothing special about it. The frozen lemon custard thing was also underwhelming. The dinner breads were good though. When you come here you are paying for the service and ambiance. Not the food.
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