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Il Fornaio - Pasadena
Il Fornaio - Pasadena

Il Fornaio - Pasadena Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com
  • Phone: (626) 683-9797
  • 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
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, 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.

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 $7.00.
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My girlfriend and i went here on a recommendation .. so glad we did. Great find! Delicious Italian dinners."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a great time. We went for our 4th anniversary and food was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Salad and pasta course was very good, but main course (sole) was tasteless. Service was poor. We waited 90 minutes for the entries."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The restaurant was closed. OpenTable should have known it was closed and not let me book a table."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had a pannini and my wife had seafood risotto we were both pleased with our food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was our first dinner at your restaurant. My wife and I liked the food and the patio; however, a lady using the speaker on her cell phone ruined the evening for everyone there. Even after the people near her moved, the restaurant staff never said a word to her."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Had a reservation for noon but had to change to 11:30am due to conflicting meetings and was gladly accommodated. Service was spot on and our group of 17 diners was in and out of there in 90 minutes, leaving enough time to make our next client meeting."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I took my husband for Father's Day. I wish I could remember our server's name - she was OUTSTANDING!!! She was quick to make meal suggestions and nobody was disappointed with her suggestions. All of the staff was very friendly and efficient, as well. It was a most enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Although the restaurant was extremely crowded, the service was excellent. The waiter was very attentive and way beyond the norm."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had lunch here on Father's Day with my 2 sons and the food was superb..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had an excellent birthday brunch. The service was terrific. Everyone was happy with their respective dishes - grilled salmon, ravioli and trout. The bread basket is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Always great place to go, great food at an reasonable price. Outstanding dessert menu, presented from a trolley."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Came in with family to dine for the Festa Regionale - Sicilia. The Festa Regionale is a preset menu for a set price, whereupon you get a appetizer, a primi (pasta typically), and an entree. I greatly enjoyed the menu selection and food we had that evening. The fava, garbanzo, and pinto bean soup was hearty and delicious. The pasta had these veal meatballs which for me were quite juicy and succulent. My entree was grilled lamp chops with this insanely good mint-oil concoction drizzled on top and around the plate. Service was good, although at first our waiter was a bit slow to warm up to us. As the evening went on he became much more hospitable. He timed our plates perfectly between courses. I would have him as a waiter again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Excellent service. Some friends took us to the Il "Fornaio in Sacramento and we loved it so much we tried the one in Pasadena. It also was great."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "i've been here several times and every time i've enjoyed the food. we took my mom here for her birthday and she had one of the specials which was a lobster and shrimp pasta, which she enjoyed. my dad polished off his lasagna. my husband cleared his seafood linguini. i had the mixed seafood plate and it was tasty though a little on the salty side. i chose this place for it's roominess since we had a baby with us. there was lots of space between tables, high chair fit easily and they were very accommodating to our baby. they had friendly service and a good selection of desserts. mom got a complimentary panna cotta for her birthday dessert which was very smooth in taste. lots of large parties around us so it's popular for groups."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Il Fornaio is my go to restaurant. Whether for lunch or dinner, without exception the food is always excellent and the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. Lovely ambiance. The service is excellent."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We booked a table for 20 people very last minute for my daughters graduation celebration. they accommodated us with a private room. The service was excellent and very forgiving despite our group filing in at different times through out the night."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Really lovely ambience, staff is terrific and good people watching on the patio!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We ate inside, it appears that the patio is very lively and thje Happy Hour is well attended. We had excellent service and I liked the smaller versions of the pasta dishes."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • " This restaurant continues to provide excellent service & delicious fare since I have been a customer of 15 years. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This is our second time and we returned because we loved it so much, the first time. It's fun with great food and a wonderful staff - always friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent, and we were in a bit of a rush with theater tickets. They moved us out quickly."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was my first time here and I wanted to try a little variety so I ordered the Beef carpaccio, which was displayed unimaginatively and had a bitter taste to it. The olive oil for bread dipping also tasted bitter, not sure why? The Lasagna I had to send back because it was still cold in the middle, after a quick re-heat it was brought back out to me with just minor improvement in temperature and really tasted very ordinary. After reading all the reviews I was really hoping for a excellent lunch but was rather disappointed. I don't know if I am just really super fussy when it comes to dining out or just expect to be "wowed" every time for the $$ I spend eating out. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014