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Il Forno Restaurant
900 N. Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
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Il Forno Restaurant Details
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Italian, Contemporary American, Pizzeria
A word from Il Forno Restaurant
Il Forno Restaurant is coming to the ground floor of the Virginia Tech Research Center building. “Il Forno” means “The Oven” so look for excellent pizza from their oven, being imported from Italy.
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Met here with some friends after a
long time apart. The food was good, the prices reasonable and the service perfect. There was lots of catching up and long stories between everyone at the table and the waiters never rushed us and bent over backwards to make everything perfect."
Dined on 2/28/2014
Il Forno is in a good location
near Ballston with parking underneath the building. The quality of the italian food is very good. enjoy"
Dined on 2/27/2014
Second time here... I'll be back!
Great dining experience. Exceptional ambiance, prompt and courteous service, and the waiter provided a good recommendation for our wine. The place is very clean, with a nice window view of the neighborhood, or you can select a quiet corner."
Dined on 2/17/2014
Service was spot on. They didn't
hover or overly service the table. We are able to talk and then enjoy our lunch."
Dined on 1/16/2014
My 9th visit here in as many weeks
- mostly personal and friends/family but this time I was with an ex-colleague. We enjoyed the dishes and service. We had a window table and got great service. New Manager has done a good job of adding new and fresh menu items - exciting. They have a few specials in the past that I really liked ... one stands out, I don't know what it's called... but it's shaved pineapples, with balsamic reduction with raspberry and sorbet inside of a crisp eatable cup... it's just out of this world."
Dined on 1/8/2014
Once a big party showed up at a
table near us our server forgot we existed. Had to ask another server to get the bill. She told the manager who told our server. Fifty cent tip was the result. No comment by the manager to us about this."
Dined on 11/30/2013
We live in the area and were
craving Italian food so decided to try out Il Forno. We are both from NY/NJ so grew up with very good Italian food; our meal was fine but nothing special or that would make us craving to come back. The eggplant appetizer special was good (sauce was great) but small. The primavera salad was also good and my husband loved the goat cheese. The pizza was just ok and we didn't think that it was anything special. The creme brulee was pretty good. The wine was a great deal at $21--we enjoyed the sauvignon blanc. The service was very good. On a Sat night, crowd seemed to be mainly tourists staying at nearby hotels. Overall it was a fine dinner, but in an area with tons of restaurants to chose from, not a stand out."
Dined on 11/16/2013
Beyond terrible. Visited the night
before the mcm as it was close to the hotel. The restaurant was only about half full. We had to ask 3 times for bread, had to go get our own pitcher of water to refill our glasses, and waited 30 min for a bottle of wine which was then dropped off at the table unopened Had to find someone to open it who seemed seriously annoyed by the request. As for the food... everyone got their food at a different time. The gnocci was good, prosciutto crostini was very good. Every thing else was terrible. Pasta was way under cooked it crunched!), cal zone was burnt, and scallops were tiny only 4 for entree). This was an enormous disappointment as we were really looking forward to a good meal for our weekend away!!!"
Dined on 10/27/2013
Horrible service. 7:15pm
reservation. Seated at 7:50. Waited until 8:15 and when no waiter showed up, and they started taking the order from a 7-top that sat down after us we left. Funny thing, we saw the 7-top come into PF Changs about 15 minutes after got there. I can imagine what they went through! Sorry Il Forno, with so many other great restaurants in the area, you guys are in trouble unless you clean your act up quick."
Dined on 10/27/2013
The restaurant looks nice from the
outside but looks are deceiving. The food is extremely ordinary. I don't expect this place to last long."
Dined on 10/13/2013
I have been here many times with
friends and each time, we leave the restaurant feeling fully satisfied. The seafood is very fresh and tasty. Good wine selections, too. Nice ambience for an all-girls' get together or with groups of friends. They validate 2 hours of parking in the garage which is a big plus as street parking can be hard to find during peak times. I'd recommend this place to anyone who has not been here yet."
Dined on 10/10/2013
We attended Il Fornio for my
wife's birthday and needless to say there will be a do-over for her dinner. The atmosphere was okay and the service was pretty good. However the food was over cooked, oddly and over seasoned (very salty) and the portions were too large with a lack of emphasis on how the sides should compliment the main. I would not recommend this location unless you were had no other options. When we gave feedback on the meal we received an apology and a over sized placard coupon for 20% off for what seemed to be catering (very odd). Perhaps it will change in the future. Good thing there are several other solid choices to eat in the immediate area."
Dined on 10/5/2013
I enjoyed my meal- I ordered the
salmon and house red wine. At first the waiter brought me the wrong dish but he quickly replaced it with the correct. The salmon was great but the Caesar Salad it came with was not tasty. House red was quite good. My friend enjoyed her dinner as well. If you live in the area it Is worth trying!"
Dined on 9/29/2013
I am a vegan and the two
"vegetarian" soups they had that day were both made with chicken stock! They had a minestrone soup (which was labled vegetarian on the menu) and a lentil soup on special. I got a salad which the server told me was big enough for lunch, but was hungry an hour later. The menu isn't bad, but I wish they would offer more options to vegetarians/vegans."
Dined on 9/9/2013
While the food was very good,
there were some definite issues with the service. The restaurant was only about a third full at the prime dinner time, so the waiter kept returning to the table because he didn't have anything else to do. The bussers continually tried to clear plates when it was obvious we were still eating. Also, the waiter brought me a dessert menu while my friend was still in the middle of his entree. The waiter never asked if either of us wanted coffee or an after dinner drink. I wasn't sure why they were trying to rush things along when the restaurant was not crowded at all."
Dined on 8/9/2013
The pizza at Il Forno is to die
for. Beautiful slightly-charred, crispy, thin crust, fresh tomatoes, egg plant, mushrooms, peppers or whatever you order on it. The service is always great. Love the generous wine pours at the bar. It's really a fine place from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave. Thank you for being there!"
Dined on 7/29/2013
Staff was friendly, but
amateurish. Even though the restaurant was not crowded, they seemed a bit dazed. Food was uninspired. The Chef's"special selection of 4 cheeses" was 4 ordinary white cheeses, delivered without explanation."
Dined on 6/23/2013
We really enjoyed our dinner at Il
Forno. Every dish was excellent--some of the best Italian we have every had. The pizzas were interesting and delicious. Definitely going back."
Dined on 6/9/2013
went there for lunch with a
client. had good food with good service."
Dined on 6/13/2013
Il Forno was recommended to me by
a friend and I was not disappointed. The menu is interesting, the pizza is quite good, the service perfect. The pizza came cut into 4 wedges. It would have been easier to eat if it had been cut into 8 wedges. I mentioned this to the waiter, who suggested that next time I request that as I order. Good advice."
Dined on 6/6/2013
Our entire family really enjoyed
this restaurant and will certainly return again. The pizza and other dishes were delicious and our server was most attentive."
Dined on 5/10/2013
Great pizza and pizza oven but
much more. Wonderful staff, decor and desserts. The wine list may need some work, but really liked the place and the people who work there are nothing short of outstanding."
Dined on 5/12/2013
I took 6 people from my office for
a birthday lunch. We had an amazing experience. Our waiter was very attentive and nice. The food was great. Pizza was fantastic and the salads were fresh and great. We ordered a cheese platter which came with olives and that was great. The calamari for appetizer is a must have as well. The owner came to our table to see how everything was and recommended their signature desert. Fruit Pizza Pie. Then they brought a complimentary Tiramesue for the birthday girl. It was a great experience over all. A place to go and to enjoy."
Dined on 5/10/2013
We thought Il Forno was a very
nice neighborhood restaurant which we need here in Ballston. The food was good and the service was excellent. Wine list should be improved however."
Dined on 5/4/2013
I recently tried Il Forno and was
pleasantly suprised but hwo good it was. The reviews online were not great so I didn't have high expectations but the pizza was delicious and we had a really good sausage appetizer that the server recommended. Overall, the service was good and quick- would definitely go back."
Dined on 4/11/2013
Interesting selections on the menu
but that's where it stopped. Food looked and tasted as though it all came frozen from Sysco. Would like to have had a conversation with my dinner companion but the server wouldn't stop talking and interupting us with his fixation on March Maddness and his picks."
Dined on 3/27/2013
Service may just need time to
develop since this is a recent opening. Pizza was unique and very good, all four in our party were very happy with their meals."
Dined on 4/3/2013
Conveniently located in Ballston
right off I-66. Service was good, in general. Loved the tiramisu! This was my first visit and I will be back again."
Dined on 3/26/2013
Second time at this restaurant,
which recently opened in Ballston. Service significantly better than during my first visit, so hopefully that is a sign that things are improving as they work out their initial kinks. Food was tasty and served within a reasonable time from when we put in our order. Will return again."
Dined on 3/16/2013
Food was a bit on the salty side.
Felt a bit queasy on the walk home. For the price charged, the food didn't measure up for us."
Dined on 3/15/2013
I was worried about trying a place
this new. But, while they were certainly working out some kinks -- little things like salt and pepper aren't on tables-- the food was great, service quick and ambience great. I had a salad, which came perfectly lightly dressed, and a margarita pizza which was super thin and delish. Hit the spot. I'll be back!"
Dined on 3/13/2013
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