Il Fornaio - Pasadena
Il Fornaio - Pasadena

Il Fornaio - Pasadena

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 6266839797x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday, 9:00am - 11:00am. Lunch: Daily, 11:30am - 3:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 3:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday, 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering menu and banquet menu are available for events in the San Gabriel Valley area.
  • Special Events: Monthly Wine Dinners and Saturday Cooking classes. Please call for upcoming dates

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fair Oaks Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Metrolink and Gold Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on Colorado Blvd., with validation it is $8.00.
A word from 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Il Fornaio - Pasadena reviews from OpenTable diners
172 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (102)special occasion (88)good for groups (86)fit for foodies (70)great for lunch (69)romantic (66)great for brunch (61)neighborhood gem (59)kid-friendly (49)notable wine list (45)vibrant bar scene (37)hot spot (33)late-night find (29)scenic view (3)Show More
  • weRspecial
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were greeted warmly, seated immediately and was assigned a personable but not invasive server, who made us feel very welcome. Our guests arrived and they too were made to feel special and comfortable. The meals were all delicious as were the desserts. All in all, a very pleasant experience. We look forward to returning and highly recommend Il Fornaio.
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    special occasion
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  • Clark
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    very nice place. Food and Service was exceptional!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very tasty meal in a quaint outdoor patio. Music in the courtyard added to a great night. Spinach filled ravioli was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jeannieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Il Fornaio did not live up to our past visits. Service was mildly lacking: customer not being offered cheese with food. A bottle of wine was purchased and delivered to the table, however, not offered to be served after initial pouring. Dessert was almost finished when coffee arrived. My meal was fine, however, husband complained that second pasta course was dry and had three very small, untasty meatballs, his fish entre lacked flavor. We have eaten at this restaurant many times in the past and will return. We chalk this up as an "off" night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but overrated?
    Seaborn7VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've resorted to comparing Italian restaurants with the restaurants in Italy and those in Boston's North End (the best in America, In my opinion) by having lasagna at each one. The entree here doesn't hold up that well: bland, bland, bland. The North End's lasagna literally explodes in your mouth, the flavor is so superlative. Here, nothing...not a bad dish necessarily, but certainly nothing to return for. Same feeling on the bruschetta and the dessert. That said, everything else was fine, but for a restaurant that gets more than four stars on this site, I expected more. Perhaps its in the other entrees, but give me Ugo in CC anytime. And, perhaps this place is overrated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was Yummy
    4oaks
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a party of 7 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. They have a great wine list, but since very few people in our group like wine, we ordered by the glass. Most restaurants don't offer a large selection by the glass, Il Fornaio has a great by the glass selection. I asked for a taste of one of the wines, since I had never had that particular varietal before, no problem. Very accommodating and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always enjoyable
    jubee
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Always a nice time and great cuisine, friendly service and lovely ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GRAZIA
    lenoreVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great service,wait staff,chef Nacho and managers ,Elena and Angela
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not special
    feedmeseymour
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went to Il Fornaio before an event at the Rose Bowl. Everything tasted pretty good, but the whole experience was much more chain-like than I expected. Big portions, pretty straightforward dishes, etc. I was expecting a smaller, more intimate, cuter Italian restaurant. The bread was of course delicious though!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tough, tasteless pasta
    jeanl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I brought two guests to Il Forniao. I didn't dare ask them how they liked their food because my own, pasta with chicken and broccoli, was pretty terrible. It was absolutely tasteless, and the pasta was downright tough -- not simply el dente. The noise level made it virtually impossible to talk. Couldn't wait to escape the noise and the need to shout to people sitting two feet across the table from me.
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  • Wonderful evening
    wissyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Some of our party were attending the Beyoncé-JZ Rose Bowl concert and the restaurant was jumping--full inside and out--but our table was ready and waiting, our server was gracious and accommodating with dietary restrictions and our meal was delicious on all counts. The concert-goers were able to finish and still get to the Rose Bowl on time. The rest of us enjoyed leisurely dessert and coffee. This was our first visit to this location (our local Il Fornaio in Santa Monica is no more :(() and next time we head east we'll remember what a delightful dinner we enjoyed here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy atmosphere
    Ndiggity
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Nice place to meet for dinner. Good bar area. Good food. The service could have been a bit more personable. Our waiter seemed to be overloaded.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good, service not so much
    socalBill
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner and the food was great, however we did not receive good service from our waiter (I think he was covering to many tables), hopefully it was a fluke, but not sure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    TTse
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The staff was friendly and accommodating of our two-year-old's stroller. Service was friendly and fast. We enjoyed our experience and plan to come back very soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Wonderful
    LOVETHEBREAD
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Quality, service and menu selections make Il Fornaio one of my favorites. I never walk away disappointed. I love it!
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Parking is Horrible. Waiter was in a rush to get us out of there. In middle of service he excused himself to talk to someone he knew. Food was mediocre at best.
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  • Dinner was good, poor service.
    Mona
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Dinner was good and great ambiance. Service was poor though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great outdoor dining
    HelloKitty
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a group of 6 and ate on the patio, which was lovely! Food was great but our waitress was even better! Superb service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat Hit or Miss
    Mikes
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Pasadena - The food varies from mediocre to fairly good. Recommend the sea bass. Risotto and chicken are just ok. Dinning outside almost makes-up for the variable food quality. The wine list is good, but I've seen better. Deserts are consistently pretty good. I still would recommend it for a stand-by.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Service
    dckwan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went here to celebrate a birthday for our friend's daughter. The place wasn't too full on a Saturday night. We were seated right away. The server was very nice and explained the menu items. I tried the dineLA menu and the food was very good. The pasta dish was huge and big enough for 2 people to share. The place is a bit noisy but it is not annoying. The dessert cart is very nice. The fake display looked very attractive and we ended up having 3 desserts. They were very tasty. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Reliable Italian Food
    Michelle
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I always enjoy eating at Il Fornaio, especially if I can get a table on the patio (in warmer months). Service is very good, food is very good and eating on the patio reminds me of the sidewalk cafes in Europe. It is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Pasadena. I had the seasonal chicken and asparagus risotto which was quite delicious - creamy and seasoned with saffron. The salted caramel gelato for desert was one of the best I have eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not like I remember
    havingfun88
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went for a nice anniversary dinner, unfortunately we were disappointed.Service was fine but the food and drinks were mediocre at best. How do you screw up Lemonade? I could not recommend this place for a nice evening-we could have gone to Olive Garden and had the same thing. Not like the Il Fornaio of old.
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  • Lindsey's 21st Birthday
    CTCL
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have celebrated many special occasions at Il Fornaio. Our youngest daughter, Lindsey, chose Il Fornaio to celebrate her 21st birthday. Everything was well above our expectations. The food was excellent as always & service was beyond exceptional (Allisa was our server). We will always consider Il Fornaio a very special part of our family celebrations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed!
    mcpelle
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My girlfriend and i went here on a recommendation .. so glad we did. Great find! Delicious Italian dinners.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FB
    lenoreVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Many thanks to Angela, the manager , Arturo and Gerard o and Alyssa for their warmth and love. Such wonderful souls Food not what it has been I'm the past. Most gracious service and sttention
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great...Never dissapointed
    DdePasadena
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    It's always a great dining experience at Pasadena Il Fornaio. The food is well prepared, nicely seasoned and presented. They offer a nice selection of wines. And the servuce staff are very professional as well as just plain nice. You can also choose to eat inside where there is a great trattoria/bar scene. Or eat on their patio for a quieter atmosphere. What more could one ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating 50 years of success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Chose this amazing restaurant to celebrate my 50th birthday. 50 years of success was a great experience. Food was amazing service was great ambience was nice, however I had a party of seven and would have liked to have had one big table rather than two small tables put together was a just a little user unfriendly other than that an amazing experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicki
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Sat outside. Have had good service in the past, but slow attentive staff this last time. To be fair, there was an outdoor summer movie playing in the quad when we went & it was crowded. Still had a nice meal. Always friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My order was initially wrong and when I finally received the right meal, the food was over seasoned. The restaurant didn't offer to comp any part of the meal even though it was their mistake. My wife did like her seafood linguine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • boby
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Bigoli (pasta special) was great; the chicken special was poor....skin on and who want curry in an Italian restaurant. Service got off to a bad start....we got bread and oil....then waited 12 minutes for any sign of a waitress and something to drink. So much for Festa Regionale!
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  • Great Regional Selections
    SchiecklivitcusVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We enjoy the monthly regional selections. This month was Venice. We enjoyed the octopus salad, the gnocchi with lamb sausage, and the sole over polenta.
    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, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had a great time. We went for our 4th anniversary and food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Salad and pasta course was very good, but main course (sole) was tasteless. Service was poor. We waited 90 minutes for the entries.
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  • great food, service needs attention
    fishwine
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We enjoyed our meal and the food...only problem was the inattention of the waiter. We waited 20 minutes before we flagged down another server who took drink orders and 15 more minutes for our waiter to show and mention the wine was on the way...too long.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly good food
    Foodistheword
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Il Fornaio has always been consistently good with variety on the menu from month to month and year to year. Ambience is pleasant although if crowded it can be quite loud with nothing to absorb the sound. This is the first time we've been there where the service was slow. But, just at our table it seemed. Watching the other diners, the wait staff seemed quite attentive. I think we just got a waiter who was having an off night. Other than that, the food was great and we were certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PaulA
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The restaurant was closed. OpenTable should have known it was closed and not let me book a table.
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  • Always A Great Experience!
    RealtorCamille7VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We have dined for lunch and dinner at Il Fornaio since it opened years ago! Nothing has changed! It was great then and it is great now! The service is excellent - especially SONIA - who goes out of her way to please! The food is always beautifully prepared, creatively presented and so good! We had the beef carpaccio, special sea bass ravioli, bolognese, and butternut squash ravioli and all were excellent! We had a trio of their great gellattos - sea salt caramel, deep dark chocolate and vanilla bean! Wow was that good! We can always recommend Il Fornaio with confidence. You cannot go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but with problems
    ElizabethVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I love this restaurant since I had been here a few times and invited a couple who,had never been there before. I requested the patio but when I got there and checked in,the girl said that the restaurant called me and left a message (they didn't)'that the patio was occupied with a special,event so they were placing us inside. The service wasn't bad but it took us over one hour to receive our entree. We complained so the waitress offered us free dessert for the four of us. I was really embarrassed that it took forever to get our meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Past its Prime....
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    What a disappointment our recent evening at Il Fornaio was. We had out of state guests, looking forward to great California cuisine. After our party was seated, we waited and waited. No service whatsoever. Finally we had to flag down a water server to ask if he could send our waiter over.First red flag. When the waiter finally made it over, he was clearly miffed as he offered an insincere apology. When asking him of recommendations he basically stated that everything was excellent. I personally hate hearing this! It's a lazy response. So, eventually placing our orders we finally got our meals. Food presentation and taste were nondescript, I was stunned. Also, the prices didn't reflect what we received!
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  • pannini
    12xxVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I had a pannini and my wife had seafood risotto we were both pleased with our food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.