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Forno Bistro
Forno Bistro

Forno Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fornobistro.com
  • Phone: (518) 581-2401
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Bar: Open daily starting at 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Roslyn Zecchini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: From corporate events to Holiday parties, plan your next private event at Forno Bistro! Forno Bistro’s rustic, Tuscan-style food is hearty and unpretentious with sophisticated flavors rooted in tradition. Hosting an event with us is more than just a dinner, it's an experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Michele Brown (877) 925-9659

Getting there

  • Cross Street: VanDam
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Forno Bistros private parking lot is accessible from Broadway and within steps of Forno Bistro"s outdoor patio and front door. There is also on-street and public lot parking available.
A word from Forno Bistro
Anchoring Saratoga's vibrant downtown Forno Bistro is a family-owned bistro that offers a variety of rustic, Tuscan-style food rooted in tradition. Our chef's use only the freshest seasonal ingredients to prepare dishes with respect to their flavors, appearance and aroma. The menu is sophisticated but approachable, expressing the sense of hearth and home that defines the Tuscan style of life. Forno Bistro's rustic, Tuscan-style food is hearty and unpretentious with sophisticated flavors rooted in tradition and always open to new interpretations and adaptations. Many of our dishes are greatly influenced by the use of the wood-fired oven: homemade pizzas, sautéed calamari, and wood-fired towers of vegetables. The oven is always the inspiration.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Table was ready upon arrival. Server was very clear on the night's offerings. She was also very accommodating to our gluten-free guests. Definitely plan on a day before reservation for anything in-season."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I would not recommend for a special occasion such as I was there for. It is a noisy energetic place. It would had been fine if we were there for just a fun night out but we were looking for a romantic celebration. It was noisy and the service was so efficient, that it was robotic. Food was very good. It wasn't awful but the overall experience was not up to expectation."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were a group pf 8 and were well pleased with the service and food. We had a reservation and were seated promptly."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "On an Extremely busy Sunday night we were seated in the middle of the interior dining room. We were not rushed as we enjoyed cocktails at a leisurely pace. Our salads and entrees were brought with good timing as staff removed used glassware and utensils efficiently. My dining partner had Osso Bucco which was one of the best ever; very generous and tender. I had eggplant parmigiana, excellent, except the chef might want to remove the casserole up 10-15 minutes before serving. My dish was too bubbling hot to enjoy for several minutes. My didning partner was almost finished with his dish as I was able to begin mine."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great steak and veggies. Prompt and competent service. My dining partner picked a lovely wine that we enjoyed. The DZ reward card saves a bunch & that's actually the reason we came in - to celebrate an occasion for which they'd sent a reminder. I look forward to eating on the pattio someday."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The quality of the food did not match the price level. The outdoor area had great ambience. Unfortunately seating was limited and table not best situated."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "very nice outdoor dining space. Server was very knowledgeable about menu and wine list.have been there before and enjoyed it very much."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We have been going to Forno's for several years and have always found it to be consistently good. We had a breakdown in our food service this time. We were the first customers to arrive - 5pm on a Saturday because we were going to a show. People who arrived after us were receiving their food before we did. Our waitress apologized for the delay but didn't really offer an explanation. This would not stop us from going back, unless it happens again. These things happen. We were done in plenty of time to make our show."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was ok. Not much for the price. Two Pasta specials with a couple shrimp and scallops. Eggplant parm and a chicken dish. Expensive and everything is ala carte. Dinner for four $185.00 plus tip. We also had 2 deserts four coffee and four drinks. The atmosphere is very nice. Just more than i like to spend. Probably wont go again because of price."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We love the outdoor patio dining at Forno Bistro, one of the few downtown patios uncrowded enough to enjoy a romantic dinner while you people watch. We loved the antipasto; it's ordered per person and arrives with 12 items for each diner. We were a bit surprised to find no meat items, and a choice of a mixed or vegetarian platter would be a nice option. They were tasty enough that we really didn't care. There is a nice variety of well-prepared entrees, though the addition of a risotto or two would be welcome. Mama Theresa's desserts are better than ever. The cannoli filling was exquisite---not too sweet, with a subtle, almost imperceptible tang, and the shells crispy enough to convince me that she had fried them just before filling."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very good carbonara our server was terrific and professional ordering drinks at the bar was awkward but fast. So many people around the bar. The only drawback was the noise level in the dining room: LOUD LOUD LOUD. hard to converse"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Despite the rainy evening, we had a wonderful time eating and enjoying the evening on the outside patio. Food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "FORNOS is the place for great food, great happy hour and good service. Prices are very reasonable. Recommend"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We visited Forno Bistro for the first time in November and had a great meal and even better service. This time around we went for my husband's birthday. We had to add salt to everything- nothing seemed seasoned, particularly our pasta. As for service, the girl was nice enough but she basically argued with me over what water to get, and for about forty minutes, forgot to bring it to me entirely! We won't go back; as people who deeply appreciate good food, there are many other places, especially in Saratoga, that offer the attention to detail that we're looking for."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A bit noisy on the patio but a lively atmosphere. Wait staff was excellent."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I made a reservation online and requested a table outside. They were able to accomodate the request and it was one of the best dining experiences ever. A beautiful summer evening in Saratoga with great food at reasonable prices, and a friendly and good natured staff. They even surprised me with a dessert complete with a candle and a moving rendition of "Happy Birthday" in Italian. It does not get any better than this!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in Saratoga! However that night there appeared to have too much waitstaff on and we seemed to constantly have a lot service. But overall a fantastic place to eat and enjoy the company of friends!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great ambiance, excellent food, terrific service and reasonably priced! We're regulars. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The prices are extremely high for the quantity and contents. Example: Salad special $15. It was the special salad for the evening but in no way was it that special. Also, the scallop entrée only had 4 scallops -- not acceptable."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with the food. We ordered salads for appetizers, they were delicious!!! The caprese salad had tomato and mozarella plus some salad, and the arugula salad were very delicious. The fish of day was snapper, a great choice and the chicken rustica meals were outstanding. We loved the Saratoga spring water. It was refreshing!!! We had two bottles. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. Definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The restaurant was exceptional all except for the service which seemed to take 30 min after asking 3 waitresses for a drink"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but the service was not very good. Our waiter rolled his eyes at us for asking a question about te senior week offer for the restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The proprietor must have intended Forno Bistro to be one of those places where everyone feels the need to talk over their already loud table neighbors. The server cannot be heard and conversation can only be conducted at a high decibel level. The food was okay, but certainly not great. Asparagus appetizer was tasty: roasted, with fontina chesse, fried egg, truffle oil, and pancetta; the calamari was not coated or cooked properly-the costing was non-existent and it wasn't crisp; the Shrimp Fra Diavolo was did not measure up. The wine list was bleak; service was good considering the busy night. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was the second time we ate at Forno Bistro. The first time was excellent, the second time was just good. Ambience is nice. Customer service was excellent, but seafood was overcooked. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Try the Stinco - anything but!! Enjoyed antipasto - for 3 serves 5. Very accomodating. Bit noisy for comfortable comversation. Strongly recommended."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food, service, ambience at painless prices. We especially liked the Tuscan dining experience. Desserts were pretty awesome too!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We ate at this restaurant after a recent regatta in Saratoga. The food was of good quality and the restaurant was adorable, great ambience. The service was another story-our waiter was inattentive and it took quite awhile to get our order and additional drinks. Upon finding shells in his main course my husband alerted the waiter who did not seem at all disturbed by that. We did get a manager to come over and he was very apologetic and did comp a round of drinks which was very nice. Our waiter upon returning to the table never mentioned the incident or apologized. In fact he was as aloof as ever. Overall our evening was lovely with the exception of the service."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Forno was great, food was excellent. We had a new waiter, but he was very personable and did a great job. The prices were fair, and there was plenty of parking. The restaurant is very nice inside, the ambiance was perfect. I'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Had a friend visit from out of town and went to Forno's to celebrate a birthday. Good food, wine and service."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "My husband and I like to save this restaurant for a special date night out. While the restaurant is always full and buzzing, we always find that our table is cozy and romantic. Our service is outstanding and our meals are always on point. The wine selection offers a nice assortment for the average diner. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I've eaten at Forno at couple of times in the past and the food was phenomenal. As a creature a habit, I normally order the same exact dish, Frutti di Mare, which is usually cooked to perfection - pasta al dente, seafood done but not overcooked, sauce hot and with a touch of spiciness. However, things were quite different this past weekend. The Frutti di Mare was subpar at best. The seafood was way overcooked and rubbery, the pasta way too soft, and the sauce lukewarm. I did not complain at the time because I felt so claustrophobic with all of the people stuffed into this tiny dining area that I preferred to just leave instead. Maybe the quality of the food declines in direct proportion to the number of diners on any given day. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My daughter & I enjoyed a fabulous meal at Forno Bistro. This was my first but certainly not my last dining experience there. We had reservations at 6:45 and were seated promptly. Our waitress was energetic and friendly but not overpowering. She let us take our time in looking at the menu and enjoying our meal. I had the scallop & mussels over linguine in a white wine sauce. It was cooked perfectly. My daughter had the chicken with a side of asparagus that was cooked perfectly as well. I will be back when I'm visiting my daughter again in Saratoga."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Way too noisy....service was over attentive with wait staff waiting for you to take the last bite....before you could put your fork on the plate they were swooping it away. Isn't it rude to remove plates before a course is finished by all at a table? From the moment we sat down we felt rushed. Food was not as good as other DZ restaurants."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "It was a great spot for date night. Great food, drinks, and service. All of the staff was absolutely wonderful and accommodating."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food was very good. Price was very reasonable. The service was great and our waitress was very pleasant"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I Had a gluten free pasta dish and my friend had a regular pasta dish. Although they were both tasty, the pastas were undercooked."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great place with an exceptional staff. The food was delicious and customer service wzz remarkable. A new favorite dini g place of mine "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "great ambience, delicious food, great service...what more could you ask for??"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Everything was delicious! My whole family went out to dinner and we had no issues! The wait staff is amazing everyone works together great and the bussers always keep your water glass full! I recommend this for all ages and they have excellent specials everyday!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Brought our friends for dinner and loved it as much as we do! LOVE MAMA!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014