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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I had a pannini and my wife had seafood risotto we were both pleased with our food."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Always great place to go, great food at an reasonable price. Outstanding dessert menu, presented from a trolley."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Really lovely ambience, staff is terrific and good people watching on the patio!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I usually go to Il Fornaio in Beverly Hills. This one in Pasadena is just as good. The food quality is consistently good and if you catch the right week(s), there is a special regional menu from a particular region in Italy. The food from these menus are outstanding and they even offer the proper wine choice to pair with the food you choose. Nice touch."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "My family chose Il Fornaio to celebrate a very special occasion that occurred on the same day; our 28th wedding anniversary and our son's college graduation. My daughters' planned to surprise us with a bottle of champagne. The service was incredibly poor and our waiter, in particular, ruined the surprise by bringing an ice bucket to the table 15 minutes before bringing the champagne. His manner was demeaning to my daughters and he acted as though being there was the last place he wanted to be. The food was poor to mediocre and for the prices charged, the food and experience should be top-notch. Obviously, this was not the place to celebrate our special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I hosted a graduation celebration for my nephew. The service was great. The staff greeted me and served the guests extremely well. The appetizers were good and were placed on time and also within contract. Unfortunately the lunch was very bland and everyone invited was trying to be courteous and eat the food selections they were hosted, however none of the selections were up to Il Fornaio standards I am not sure what happened or why the food was unacceptable. I do not know how this travesty occurred. Unfortunately we cannot take the lunch experience back for my guests. The gelato was superb and served with the cake we ordered from Takes the Cake. Horrible and VERY expensive cooking mishap day for me and my 35 guests at one of my favs"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We have been going to Il Fornaio-Pasadena for years. I love this place. People are very friendly, food is great. They treat you as if you are part of a family. I love your bread."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Wow! We had a great experience here at this location. Pasadena Il Fornaio treated us extremely well and were so kind to accommodate our dietary needs. Chef Luis Escobar had no trouble making both my wife and I amazing fresh salads and pasta dishes. It was wonderful. It all started with their General Manager, Mr. Perera, came over to introduce himself as we sat down and we explained our diet situation. He made us feel very comfortable right away and assured us that we would be taken care of, and we were. We sat out on the patio facing the plaza. It was a perfect environment to relax and enjoy our lunch. Thank you Pasadena Il Fornaio for making our visit so wonderful. Excellent food, service and experience. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Been coming here for years now. Relaxing. Servers are abundant so you never want for anything. Creative food and desserts along with traditional selections. If you like to pig-out or if you're on a diet Il Fornaio has many choices for all of us. Valet parking makes getting to the plaza restaurant easy for us - our mother is in a wheelchair and is appreciative of the convenient access. People watching is wonderful here also. BTW, the restaurant gives you a discount for valet."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went here for Mother's Day brunch and had a lovely time. The food is good, service fantastic, and overall just a nice restaurant. The noise was a little more than I would have preferred but aside from that we all had a wonderful time. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It doesn't get any better than fine food, superb service, and a great price. Brunch was a wonderful experience that makes me anxious for then next time."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our waiter was very friendly and helpful Accomodated my kids with their food and made great suggestions on what is good in the menu. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "So relaxing on the patio in the evening here in Old Pasadena. Excellent choices during their rotations of regional Italian dishes...and wines!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Il Fornaio Pasadena always invites great conversation with friends over unique meals common to the monthly region of Italy."
    Dined on 5/8/2014