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 - Coronado
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. Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch.
We've been to Il Fornaio several times--always seem to have an awesome experience. The butternut squash ravioli is the best thing on the menu. The calamari is not so good--too fried, very average--but the rustichella is fantastic and the spinach salad is flavorful and filling. Deserts are average, but the mojitos are killer! I suggest sitting at the bar with Dean--the coolest bartender in San Diego--and looking out over the bay and the city.
We loved the excellent bread, but that was the high point of the meal. From there we had an ok fried calamari appetizer, an average calzone, the lobster ravioli decent--but the shrimp topping it destroyed the decency. We hoped dessert would make up for it, unfortunately we had a cold (obviously not freshly made) fig bread pudding, burnt--then refrigerated--then left out to room temperature Creme Brulee; simply dissappointing. It was our first time there, so maybe it was just bad timing. The view from the restaurant was breathtaking, but it was far above the quality of the food.
I've dined at Il Fornaio - Coronado approximately six times and, predictably, love it. Great views of downtown San Diego. Great menu---quite a variety of dishes ensures that there is something here for everyone; I especially like the lobster ravioli. Service is exceptional. This is a restaurant that is worth a try.
I absolutely love Il Fornaio. It truly is authentic cuisine and a great place to celebrate with those that you love. Each of the restaurants are beautifully designed and the food comes in ample portions. I always celebrate with a bottle of champagne.
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