713A 8th Ave
New York, NY 10036Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://ilfornonyc.com/
- Phone: (212) 247-1978
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Dessert, Italian, Pizzeria
- Executive Chef: Sarah Pouzar
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Il Forno
iL Forno Italian Kitchen is a Hell"s Kitchen gem. Bringing modern Italian to a whole new level. Everything that comes from our kitchen is prepared from scratch with the utmost care by Executive Chef Sarah Pouzar. So whether you stop in for a glass of wine and one of our artisan pizzas, or a full and rich Italian supper, iL Forno will take care of you.Continued
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Il Forno reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (17)romantic (6)great for lunch (6)fit for foodies (6)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)special occasion (1)Show More
- Cute little restaurantNYCfoodieDined on 11/11/2014Came here for dinner with a small group of friends before going to a show and it was a pleasant surprise considering its in such a tourist location. The menu is fairly small but my pasta dish (parpadelle) was delicious. And the pizzas looked very good. I loved the decore. Really made you feel like you weren't in the middle of a busy city. Our waitress was very good and gracious with all of our questions.Special Features:
- Good food small menuExNYboyDined on 11/9/2014Good food but a small menu. Some pastas, mixed reviews on those, some pizzas, all very good, some salads, looked good. Great staff, prompt service. With all the other places nearby, may not go again soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great meal before or after a showCtmomDined on 11/8/2014We visited this restaurant after seeing a matinee performance on Saturday. We had reservations and were seated promptly. The service was excellent. Our waiter, his assistant and the manager checked on us several times. The thin crust wood fired pizzas were delicious. Our party of 4 tried 3 different ones plus a chicken dinner and we all enjoyed it! The pumpkin ravioli appetizer was incredible and cheesecake for dessert was great too! We will definitely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pre Theater FindLisaVIPDined on 10/26/2014Great Pre Theater find most places are packed and rushed this place had great food and was relaxed and comfortable. The house wines were great too and reasonably priced.Special Features:
- lisafoodieVIPDined on 10/24/2014I've been to this place a number of times and it's a lovely spot and very cute inside. But I was disappointed in that I went there in person to request a special table two days before, and they didn't hold it for me even though the restaurant wasn't full. They had an interesting dish in a pumpkin ravioli, but much of the food was oversalted.
- Energetic and efficientOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/18/2014Italian fare and good quality at reasonable prices. The pasta special with linquini and seafood was excellent. We were pre theater and the service was excellent.Special Features:
- Great Italian RestaurantManhattaniteVIPDined on 10/12/2014Love the old chandeliers and triomphe l'oeil wall decor that gives the sense of dining al fresco in Italy. Love how the windows light up in the evening. Food is consistently good every time that I've dined here. Wait staff attentive. Since it's in Times Square area, it's always filled with tourists...which also adds to the feel of being in Europe. Highly recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- admcDined on 10/11/2014It's a good restaurant with a great location for theatre goers. The pizza is very good and dessert was delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pre theater perfectTLM7VIPDined on 10/1/2014Pre theater usually limits the dining experience due to time and location. We arrived at 6:15 and were in time for our 8pm show, which was around the corner. We started with salads, the Ceasar looked great but I ordered the beet. It's components were on target, with delicious, creamy goat cheese, but lacked some flavor. My dining companion had the capellini and meatballs as an entree. This is a first dish, small for an entree, with its smallish portion and teenie tiny meatballs. Though it had great flavor. My risotto was creamy and very tasty, portion quite sufficient. I would suggest the price fix for next time to take advantage of all the courses, seeing that each one is sized accordingly for that route. I would return to try the pizza.Special Features:
- broadway district findmaggieDined on 8/30/2014quaint, italy-like bistro ambiance with wonderful food and great service. will definitely returnSpecial Features:
- mgs7540VIPDined on 8/27/2014The food was good, but the bread was stale. The staff was accommodating and apologetic.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved the olive dinner rolls!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/6/2014Food was good. Service was friendly. Great spot to eat before the theater. But I must say, more than anything, I loved the olive rolls!Special Features:
- Not the Best..not the Worstmcollins0920Dined on 8/2/2014IlForno didn't meet our expectations as hoped for. The food was average, tasty, but nothing spectacular. The thing that bothered me the most was our waitress. She was very inattentive and not very knowledgeable about the menu. If you need a sub par meal in a hurry then I would recommend IlForno. .otherwise there are many other great restaurants to visit while in NY.
- Creative Food PreparationFlorenceVIPDined on 8/2/2014Not an extensive menu, but the foods are very creatively prepared. The pesto sauce with asparagus for the fuscilli was excellent, as was the thin crust brick oven pizza.Special Features:
- The following 40 reviews are from the Il Forno reviews archive.
- It was OKOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/23/2014The food & atmosphere was good. Went there for a meal before a broadway show. But the service was not so good....
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/3/2014The place is charming....and the food was delicious. The perfect pizza, a little different, not your average pizza.... the staff was very friendly and very attentive. gets very crowded...need a reservation!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Accommodating!partyof5Dined on 7/1/2014We were late and the restaurant staff made sure we were in and out and able to make it to our show. Food was good and the atmosphere was lively.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bustling RestaurantManhattaniteVIPDined on 6/30/2014Definitely a vibrant restaurant scene in Times Square. We were probably the only native New Yorker among tourists in the place for dinner. We both ordered the prix-fixe dinner which was excellent. Caesar salad & mushroom risotto were delicious. They ran out of the peach tart, but offered any dessert replacement. The NY cheese cake was fine, but not amazing. The maitre'd, waiter and wait staff were all great. I loved the decor...sort of tromphe l'oeil including 2 ancient-style chandliers. Restaurant was full on a Monday, with only an occasional wait line. Definitely will come again. Highly recommend.Special Features:
- Great findGreatfindtodineDined on 6/29/2014Il Forno's had a limited menu, but everything we had was better then good, even the house wine. Restaurant was right in the center of all the action and we loved the decor. The only negative was when it got really busy, the waiter had trouble keeping up.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ok Food, Disappointing ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 6/11/2014The menu here is pretty limited but the selections are pretty good and the prices are fair. The service was pretty fast when we sat down, but the waitress took forever (20 minutes) to bring the check when we asked for it. We had to ask 3 times. We also watched one guy seated at the table next to us wait for 30 minutes for someone to take his order; he left and no one else noticed.Special Features:
- Good...IloveNYCDined on 6/8/2014Went with my husband and I had the Black Label pizza which was very good. However, what really blew me away, was the roasted brussel sprouts. I could have eaten a plate of those for dinner. Husband had the chicken. Said it was too spicy and dry.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great after show dinnerChrisDined on 5/31/2014We were shown right to our table by friendly staff. Food was very good but skimpy on the portions for the price paid. Food served quickly and hot. We had a very nice time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- UnexpectedSelinaKDined on 5/18/2014We read positive reviews about it, even we didn't expect too much (few choice of pizza for exemple) it was a really surprise! Pizzas were great, the staff nice and smily and the price reasonable! As we stayed in the neighborhood we went back twice! A good place to eat :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Brick oven yummyirmaDined on 5/4/2014Great location for pre or post theatre dining, nice space, with good service, and yummy brick oven pizzas made to order.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- TamboNYCDined on 5/3/2014Service was not good from the phone call to let them know I was running 10 mins late, staff were rude and waiters inattentive. Portions are very small and prices high
- In the weedsLocalFoodieVIPDined on 5/2/2014I LOVE the food at Il Forno. However, the last two times I have visited my order has been completely forgotten, as in, the waiter forgot to put it in the system. The food is so good that it's tempting to give il Forno a pass. But twice in a row? Just a little extra tweak in the service department should do the trick.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good foodkp736Dined on 4/26/2014We went here for dinner on a Saturday night and they had a table open on short notice. Fairly casual interior with nice ambiance. Wild mushroom risotto was excellent and the prosciutto pizza was also very good. Carrot cake for dessert was nothing special. They seemed understaffed and the service was a little off all night: salad came before the bottle of wine arrived, and then the main course came before we were done with the salad, but then we sat around for 20 minutes waiting for the underwhelming carrot cake. We would come back for the food, but maybe not on a busy Saturday night.Special Features:
- Inexpensive theater findRondolaDined on 4/18/2014Great little neighborhood Italian restaurant. Wonderful pasta and right in the theater district. Terrific prix-fix option for $26. Restaurant a little crowded, a little loud, but nothing unmanageable.I would recommend this to a friend.
- The place to go before a showOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 4/16/2014Great food, superior service and the place to go before a show. But use OPEN TABLE--reservations are needed on most nights especially 90 minutes before show time. NYers and tourists all seem to love Il Forno. Most folks order the flat breads or pastas. I prefer their salmon dishes and the mushroom risotto. Limited but fine selection of wines by the glass.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pleasant Eating ExperienceOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/12/2014This restaurant is convenient to the theater district with a very pleasant atmosphere. Outdoor dining is available. I had the soup of the day which was Italian Wedding Soup and quite delicious. For a main course I had the Papardelle which was also very good. They also have a selection of 3-course lunches which are a very good value. Although we didn't have the pizza, we could smell it from the table next to us and it almost made me sorry I didn't order it. Maybe next time. The only slip up was that we had made a reservation with Open Table but they had no record of it. When we got there, it didn't seem to matter because we were the only ones there, but within 15 minutes, the place was packed.Special Features:
- Theatre district findjuchegoesDined on 4/9/2014Srprisingly good simple food within the theatre district. Freshly made pasta sauce; excellent pizza.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect for before or after theaterTF1204Dined on 4/5/2014Great location. A bit noisy, but it's the theatre district and on a Saturday between the matinee and evening shows, that's what you're going to find. Reasonable prices, good service. Food was terrific. I had the prix fixe but the waitress forgot to bring my dessert. Although, I forgot to ask! Definitely a good choice if you're in the theater district.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, fast and friendlyOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/4/2014Great food, fast and friendly service. Great pre-theater choice!Special Features:
- Very attentive, friendly service.OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/29/2014Very attentive, friendly service. It's a "grown-up" restaurant, but the food is appealing to kids without offer the boring chicken finger or burger options at so many other places.Special Features:
- Attentive staff, very goodSusieDined on 3/29/2014Attentive staff, very good food, reasonably priced with the prix fixe a very good value., restaurant is small and noisy. A good choice pretheaterSpecial Features:
- no reason to returnOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/21/2014Risotto was good, service friendly. Way too noisy. Nothing notable on the menu. No compelling reason to return.
- wonderful wine and food pairingcindyDined on 3/11/2014While I am NOT a fan of goat cheese and a lot of the entres included it, other food choices were very well presented, tasted wonderful and good wine pairing choices by the server. Lovely experience . Have been there twice and would make it my restaurant of choice when going to the theater. Enjoy the price fix option as well( less with goat cheese please!!!)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I enjoyed this restaurant.DeirdraDined on 3/8/2014I enjoyed this restaurant. It was quite busy before theater goers left and it Emptied out and quieted down. I had pizza, very tasty. My friend had the pasta, she said it was very good. They have a nice wine selection. The staff wad very nice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bad choiceSmall4bitesVIPDined on 2/28/2014The good was mediocre at best. No healthy options. Vegetables not tecognizable and not edible. The prices outrageous. Italian restaurant that didn't know how to make expresso drink. I was so disappointed as a pre-theatre choice.
- Do not go to this resturantFoodie87VIPDined on 12/30/2013The food was luke warm and took for ever to make. Our waitress didn't come over for about 10 minutes and when she finally came it was only once to take our order and we didn't see her after that. We didn't have water or any drinks for pretty much the whole meal. The food again was bland and terrible. I would not feed this food to my dog it was that bad.