Forno Vecchio Restaurant
Forno Vecchio Restaurant

Forno Vecchio Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fornovecchio.com/
  • Phone: 9254250099
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 3:00PM

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jason Landas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spring St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Forno Vecchio Restaurant
Forno Vecchio Restaurant, in the heart of historic downtown Pleasanton, is the destination for fresh, local cuisine served with the warmth of a genuine Italian family dinner. The menu features long-time favorites, including house-made pastas with a twist on traditional sauces. But don’t be surprised to find unique savory fare like truffle fries, filo-wrapped salmon, and seasonal specials. The wine list, carefully chosen to complement the menu, includes local California wines as well as Italian classics at very affordable prices. Do save room for dessert!

Forno Vecchio presents a distinctive dining experience created by new owners and long-time Pleasanton residents, sharing three generations of Italian food and wine expertise and family hospitality. Each menu item is prepared and served with individual care and attention. Sentite l'amo
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Forno Vecchio Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)great for outdoor dining (20)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (15)great for lunch (14)romantic (12)good for groups (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (3)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had been to Forno Vecchio before and absolutely loved it! The service was wonderful- attentive and interested in making my dining experience wonderful. My experience on Friday was horrible. Right from the start our lunch began poorly. I had made a reservation and with only one one table occupied inside we were placed at a table where we had to look at the wall. We asked to move; he grunted something and we just moved ourselves. The waiter was inattentive, rude. We had to inquire about the specials and the dessert menu. I asked for a dessert that I had had in the past and was shouted at, NO, we don't have that today. Then, in fact, he backed down and did produce the desired dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treasure in Ptown
    FoodiesRUs
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have driven by Forno Vecchio a thousand times and never gave it a second thought (based not he mediocre experiences at the past restaurants which have occupied the same space). Greeting was warm, restaurant was full - both really good signs. We were seated by the owner (Jen, I believe), who told us a bit about the restaurant and then we met Travis, our server, who was FANTASTIC. Crispy brussel sprouts and bruschetta to start and because of his enthusiastic description, I ordered the halibut/risotto special, and it was amazing. Might want to consider making that a staple on the menu. :) Honestly, we cannot wait to come back. THANK YOU for a fantastic dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Find
    ebhanson
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We picked this place to celebrate my mothers birthday. We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. I highly recommend the Truffle Fries, Bruschetta, Pessere con Pasta al Pomodoro and Chicken Marsala with Polenta. Additionally, the service was excellent! We'll be back and we recommend Forno Vecchio in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Italian restaurant
    Nicki
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    In a town with at least 10 Italian restaurants on the same street, this one stands out above the rest. The food is very authentic and homemade. The ambience is very versatile. It can be romantic but it can also be a place to come to have dessert and prosseco on the patio. I love the Gnocchi and my husband is a fan of the lasagna. It is a great restaurant for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    BWNLadiesVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a wonderful waiter. I am not an Italian food fan but I had heard such good reviews so we gave it a try. I decided to experiment and try something I had not had before. I ordered the Gnocchi and a Caesar Salad. The salad was really good. The Gnocchi was OK though tasty. Our waiter was great and gave us excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was presented beautifully, tasted delicious, and was just the right amount. The crispy brussel sprouts appetizer with sauce was a big hit. Our menu selections were Pasta Primavera, Rosemary and Lemon Baked Salmon, and Shrimp Scampi. There were no leftovers. Desserts were a nice top-off to a lovely meal. We look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    raymac8
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner based on numerous good reviews on Yelp. Sadly, the evening was a big disappointment The waiter we had didn't seem interested and ignored us most of the evening. And the food was so-so. I had the pork - it was okay but a little overdone. My husband had the salmon - again, it was okay but not remarkable. We finished the meal with creme brûlée - gummy and one of the worst I've had. I'm not in the habit of writing bad reviews, but I just can't recommend this place.
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  • Love Forno Vecchio
    MainStreetNeighbor
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Have always liked this place and returned with family last Thursday. Not a huge menu, but the food is very, very good; perhaps because they know what they do well and don't try to do too much. First, complimentary meat balls for the table; nice beginning, tasty and just a touch spicy. Two of us split the Italian Wedge salad; the other two split the House salad. Very good and seemed generous portions for a split. We each had our own entree: Lasagna (specialty of house I think); Short Ribs; and the two fish specials of the night, one salmon, the other halibut. All were very good...the Lasagna winning overall once again. Had two bottles of the house red wine...and it was fine. The service was excellent as usual; Augustine is awesome.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing Special
    DJdiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Tried the Prix Fixe dinner. Ceasar salad ok. Salmon in phyllo tasted bland and "steamy", bolognese sauce heavy on the bay leaf flavor, and the main seasoning in everything we tried was pepper. Rigatoni's take-out bolognese has a richer flavor than this one. Desserts were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family run
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service was very good. Food was good. Wine selection needs to be enlarged as do the amount of beers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Amazing!
    luv4food
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I'm looking forward to dining there again. We had such an amazing experience. Without a doubt, Forno Vecchio is now one of my personal favorites!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I am new to Pleasanton, and have already been here two times in the past month. This is a family owned restaurant (3 generations), and we love this place (fits the atmosphere of the town). The food has been very good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hungryman
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Diverse menu, well-prepared food, prompt, friendly service. We'll be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Customer Service
    PtownLifer
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Love this place. Always treated like family. Food is well priced and their deserts are the best.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dick83
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great local place run by the family....from the kitchen to the table! Home cookin' just like Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful place!
    Stal34VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Excellent Italian food!! Family owned. I had their famous gnocchi which was awesome! Lived up to the reputation! The starter salad was even excellent. And the staff was top notch! Will go back for sure! Owner was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We tried the price fix menu and loved it. We will be back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    From the truffle fries to my halibut over gnocchi to the chicken parm to crime brûlée, everything was delicious. The whole staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgable. Love that it is family owned and try use locally sourced items and house make their pasta. Truly a gem. Will be returning!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely family owned restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    First visit. My steak salad was very good, my husband's chicken marsala was nice with a super tasty creamy polenta, the chicken alfredo was rich without being overpowering, and the chicken parmesan was enjoyed by my oldest son. The bruschetta was perfectly fine and should be devine in a couple of weeks when the summer tomatoes come into their full flavor. The food was all very good but what stood out was the service. Our server was attentive without hovering, the owner's mother came by and asked us what we were celebrating and the owner's son (who was serving other tables) later came by as well to make sure all was well. This family owned business deserves a try!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian.
    Sanchez1006VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I have been in many Italian restaurants but this one to me is one of the best ones in the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2datenight
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food here is excellent as is the service. There is some outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 116 reviews are from the Forno Vecchio Restaurant reviews archive.
  • The BEST!
    SJ1JPP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We have been coming here since the restaurant opened and are never disappointed. Forno Vecchio not only serves high quality, fresh, homemade food, but they also have the advantage of an owner and staff who are warm, welcoming, and seriously interested in making your dining experience the best! Our family of five has tried a variety of items on the menu, from seafood to chicken to pasta, and honestly they have all been excellent. There is a nice selection of wines, but even their water is great! Prepared with lemon and orange slices it "pairs nicely" with everything!😉 Forno Vecchio is a local, family owned restaurant. When the owner tells you she has to go home to "get the homegrown tomatoes and fresh laid eggs", that is the real deal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times For lunch and dinner . I have never been Disappointed . I feel at home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    rockinfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We have lived in the Pleasanton area for about a year and did not see this hidden gem right on Main Street. Our son has gone many times and kept encouraging us to try it. (He loves the garlic bread).The sign is a bit difficult to see as it blends in with the others next to it, so we would drive past it not knowing it was there. We are so happy that we finally made it. The food was fantastic, the ambiance wonderful and we had great service. When the owner, Jana came over and welcomed us to the restaurant that just made it even more special. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find for an out-of-towner
    SASH
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This was my first visit to Pleasanton, CA. This restaurant enhance a fabulous experience on downtown Main St.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day
    Dick83
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great service from the entire family-owned staff.....from the grandson to grandma they were all attentive. AND, the home made bread and pasta was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasant Surprise
    DudeMan
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This place was not our first choice for a special dinner with family, but it turns out to have been a very good choice. The house wine was very good, the antipasto was cleverly done, and each pasta entree we ordered was better than we expected. The menu appeared to offer run-of-the-mill "American-Italian" dishes, but we were each happy to get dishes that had unique twists and excellent flavor. The rack of lamb was too good for an Italian place; the chef is definately someone who likes lamb and it showed. The desserts were rich and not the predictable "cheescake and mousse." We'd go back without hesistation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite restaurant
    CherylVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    This was my second time eating at Forno Vecchio and I had a wonderful dining experience! The mushroom burger served with pear soup was outstanding! This is my new favorite restaurant and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer Surprise
    Datenight
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This was my first dining experience at this restaurant and my guest and myself both enjoyed our meals very much! Food was prepared exactly as we ordered and arrived HOT! Very good price for a luncheon pasta dish. Nice house chardonnay at resonable price. Server very attentive but not overbearing. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Gem
    PleasantGal
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We enjoyed the Salmon and the Shrimp Scampi! The Pork entree was on the dry side! Overall, enjoyable dining spot in Pleasanton downtown! Very good service and ambiance!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual problem
    PastaloverVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The rating for food is low because we were served salad with a hair in it. The waitress was very professional and gave us credit on the bill. We would return. This was unusual for them.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good stuff
    Roselie
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food is delicious. A nice variety of choices on the menu. We've been twice, everything we've had has been very good. The staff is very friendly and good at making you feel catered to. My only complaint is that it can get pretty noisy in there. We were seated next to a large party, so that make it a little less romantic, but we will be back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Meal
    erinh1VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Outstanding service, seems like it's family-owned and they try very hard to please. Lasagne was delicious. Salmon wrapped in phyllo on a bed of spinach was unique, tasty, and big enough to not finish--so brought the remainder home. Wish they offered more Livermore wines.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta Change
    CherylVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I ordered the lasagne, but it was cooked so the noodles were a little too crispy on the edges for me. I then ordered the shrimp scampi and I liked it much better. I loved their focaccia bread and seasoned olive oil mix. I probably could have made a meal off of this!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and great food
    PtownLifer
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Janna the owner does a great jon making you feel at home. There are lots of Italian places in Pleasanton but this one is a not that well known. It should be. It is a hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improving
    PastaloverVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    It had been some time since we dined here. The menu has expanded, the tables have been rearranged and the waitstaff has increased in number. The food is still excellent, and the desserts are still great. We'll be back soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bad night I believe
    thead1stVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Usually we have had good food - but this time around the bread before the meal was old and stale the Lasagne - of which we love - was cold to the touch in the middle and tasteless (needing garlic or something) it was a slow night - so timing was not an issue - maybe being slow caused the issue with complacency we chose not to complain onsight - but its been stewing in us since so I write this response upon the request of Open Table
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day!
    JesseVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Me and my fiancé went to Forno Vecchio for Valentine's day! Their three course prix fixe menu was awesome, from light appetizers to filling entrees and back to a nice light dessert. The food was great, the ambiance was great, and the services was great as well! Would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Secret
    PtownLifer
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took my spouse to valentine'a dinner here. Didn't even know the place existed. Hidden secret. Downtown Pleasanton has plenty of Italian joints to choose from but this one is got to be in the top 3.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forno Vecchio did a great
    Phil
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Forno Vecchio did a great job on the busy Valentines Day this year. The food was very very good and the staff and owner attentive. Our evening exceeded expectations and so glad we came here. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.