Friendly and accomodating
Friendly and accomodating service. Delicious Italian cuisine.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pretty, great service. Enjoyed
Pretty, great service. Enjoyed my panini, perfectly cooked. My friend had the mussels and said they were great. Tables are pretty tight together--it's a tiny place! Would go back.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's a small restaurant, but
It's a small restaurant, but the food is absolutely delicious!
3/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always enjoy eating at this
Always enjoy eating at this little place near home.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
This has become my favorite
This has become my favorite restaurant. The ambiance & intimate environment makes this place a favorite neighborhood gem. The service is very friendly and the menu is simple and delicious. The linguini di mare is one of my favorites, particularly the spicy tomato sauce which makes the dish. I will come back and very often.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Il Forno Caldo is such a find.
Il Forno Caldo is such a find. The restaurant is small, cozy and intimate. Very charming ambience. The food is fresh and prepared well. Portions are generous. The staff is very friendly.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
whining about wine
I liked the restaurant and will return. However, their wine program is off putting. I don't mind paying $20 for corkage, but I very much object to paying almost three times retail for any wine. If a restaurant is willing to open and serve my wine for $20 then why can't they charge retail or perhaps a few percent more for the wines they store and add $20 for the service?
They would sell a great deal more wine from their list and would still make the profit that satisfies them when I bring my own wine. By charging retail they are compensated for storing wine and by uniformly charging a corkage they will permit patrons to buy expensive wines off their list rather than the plonk they serve at the bottom. For example, a $12 Ripasso for $38.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
You have to give it a try!
Since we had a groupon deal, we decided to drive out to Beverly Hills to check out this place and we loved it! It had a down-to-earth vibe yet romantic at the same time. The wine expert (and maybe owner) was great. He made sure we were well taken care of. I'm usually a real complainer, but the service was awesome. We will definitely be back - for sure!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved this restaurant! The food, service, wine and atmosphere were all excellent!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
loved the atmosphere - very
loved the atmosphere - very charming and great for a date
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Open Table made the reservationfor
Open Table made the reservationfor 4:p.m. When our party of 4 arrived there we found out that the restaurant does not open until 5:00p.m. Open Table ows me an hour.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like an Italian Trattoria!
Good rustic Italian food in a setting that reminded us of a little Italian trattoria! The veal was great, as were the seafood pastas and vegetarian pastas. The kitchen is also very accommodating in making dishes without specific food allergans. Il Forno will be my new Beverly Hills lunch spot!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place. Great food,
Love this place. Great food, warm, European atmosphere and everyone is so friendly. Fantastic service.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We all felt the food was really
We all felt the food was really fresh, well prepared and tasty.
Service was pretty good but hard to judge as it was a relatively slow time at the restaurant.
Overall, enjoyed the visit,
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Does not fit a par ticular
Does not fit a par ticular category. This neighborhood Italian has great food, warm and comfortable ambience, good service and is a warm and comfortable place to go with a friend or for a more intimate dinner.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small space, outstanding food
My only complaint with Il Forno Caldo is that their bread and pizza crusts are just too delicious! I simply couldn't help myself and gobbled up far too much of the rich, fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside dinner loaf, and fabulous bruschetta, made extra divine with olive oil, fresh tomatoes, garlic and that incredible crust!
The place is very small and the tables are so close, they almost touch. Some might call this cramped, but I call it cozy. If you're not claustrophobic or inhibited by the possibility that your neighbors can hear your dinnertime conversation, it shouldn't be considered a problem. The food is wonderful, so that makes up for any lack of floor space.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Other than being a bit busy with very close tables, it is in a bustling area of Beverly Hills.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Il Forno Caldo
The food was excellent and the prices were fairly reasonable. The service could have been faster but we really
enjoyed our time there.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious, great
The food was delicious, great service. The small restaurant (some tables are too close together) has a very authentic feel. The food was tasty and well presented. Nice wine list. I would def recommend.
6/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were very impressed about
We were very impressed about how much the restaurant really cared about what was
presented to the client. We really enjoyed our dinner, the quality of the food, the ambiance
and the service!
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were catching an early show so we were early birds (tho' in this case we caught a great big juicy worm, not some special discount.) The ambiance was warm, cozy and rustically elegant. The food was the star. Prices were moderate (however dessert a bit pricey, the authentically Italian ricotta cheesecake was the same price as one of my companions pasta entree.) The pacing was nice, portion sizes geneous but not ridiculous and the wine list was exquisite. Parking was outstanding for Beverly Hills as it sit toward the end of commercial little Santa Monica right in front of a series of enormous public parking garages.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, Terrible Service always
The food is always excellent. This is our favorite Italian Restaurant on the west side of los angeles. we've even turned our friends on to it and they have been back several times. However, the service is horrible. Last night I had to ask my waitress 3 times for a glass of ice, three times for bread and when i asked for a little extra salad dressing they charged me. When you are paying $100 for dinner they really should be smarter than that to their good customers. They need to train their staff.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were sat immediately, our waitress was awesome, and the food was SO GOOD!!! The place had a cool atmosphere. Perfect place to take a date.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dishes with a wonderful wine list to accompany.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at the restaurant. Food was outstanding. Chicken with Cognac sauce was amazing.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service. Excellent food. Excellent Value.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Food, Wonderful Service
My husband and I ate at Il Forno Caldo for the first time this weekend, and were really impressed. The food is incredibly tasty and the presentation sublime. Our server, Natalie was very attentive, and the spot was easy to find on little SM Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The restaurant is clean, cozy, and we highly recommend Il Forno Caldo for a wonderful meal when you want real Italian food!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale without being a "scene".
Classic decor without being too trendy or too old school wood and red leather Italian. Pricing very reasonable for the neighborhood. Food consistently very very good.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, service all reasonably price. Very quiet and romantic.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian with quality fresh ingredients - every dish I've had here has been perfection. Try the penne pollo, lobster risotto & burrata app...
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food but too many empty tables
We have gone to Il Forno Caldo several times and always enjoyed our food. The service has improved from our first outing, but the place still has quirks. e.g., Slow service even when empty. Waiters with attitudes or glum faces. Worst of all, too many empty tables --- makes you feel like you picked the wrong spot!
Chicken cognac always excellent, as are salads and specials. Only problem with specials is they're overpriced.
If I owned this place, I would arrange specials for every night of the week to drive a dinner audience --- spaghetti and meatballs one night, lasagna another, and price them at 9.99 so people are willing to bring their kids. Right now I don't see any attempt by management to drive business. Odd business model!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quality above looks
This small restaurant is truly a neighborhood gem. It is located in the heart of Beverly Hills, but is not over-priced. Food quality and service are both excellent. The ambiance is that of a simple, understated café but very clean and well organized. They have a decent wine selection. Il Forno Caldo does not have the WOW factor of a fancy restaurant, but there is no better thing than surprising your guest with an excellent quality meal served by a staff that really know their business. I have been at this restaurant three times and they have been consistently good. My guests liked it a lot and they plan to come back soon.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprisingly Good Pizza
Very good restaurant in general and a pleasant surprise in the pizza department. Thin crispy crust cooked to perfection and the toppings were fresh and generous without any of that sloppy oil sitting on top of everything. We will and have recommended Il Forno Caldo to friends.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was awesome there
Everything was awesome there is only one exception.... it was blazing hot inside.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful lunch at Il Forno Caldo this week. My friend ordered a small chopped salad and pasta. I had a small caesar salad and the fish special .Both the pasta and fish were both perfectly cooked. We used our BBE discount and the hostess/server couldn't have been more charming. We look forward to returning soon.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. She wanted Italian, and I wanted something new. We found Il Forno Caldo and made the reservation. The place is a bit small, but this lends itself to a more intimate feel. This was enhanced by our seat in a cozy corner in the rear of the restaurant (I may have felt differently near the bar and main entrance.)
The food was delicious. My wife ordered the Salmon pasta, which she devoured (she rarely eats everything on her plate.) I took advantage of one of the chef's specials, a Cannelloni stuffed with short rib, spinach, and cheese. It was fantastic! I was sad to take that last bite.
Needless to say, we will be returning to sample the remainder of their menu.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure to bring friends here. You can have a conversation even though the tables are placed close together. Easy parking in back. Most importantly the food and the staff are excellent. We're usually the last patrons to leave and they never make you rush. With so many Italian places on the Westside, it's a battle. But this place is in my top five.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, slightly surprised
Great food, slightly surprised how delicious and reasonable the food was:)
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is consistently
This place is consistently excellent -- every dish I have ever ordered. Service is friendly and the place is intimate and quiet.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Beverly Hills gem that is reasonably priced and savory.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love this place
My fave...A tiny, warm, unpretentious place with wonderful food and plentiful free parking. The service isn't nearly as good as the food, but it's so pleasant to be there, no one cares.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, wine and service. Small and quiet which allows for conversation.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian at its best!
The restaurant is cute and warm, but the food is what was the most amazing part of the experience. One of the best Italian restaurants in Bev Hills!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderfully home-cooked food
I adore this restaurant. It's quaint and the food is tasty and prepared with care. Jeff is a great waiter and I always look forward to going back. It's not the fanciest eatery in Beverly Hills (and we all know how many overpriced Italian ones there are in BH) but it's the most appreciated and down-to-earth one.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time at this restaurant
First time at this restaurant and really enjoyed it. Very small, cute place. Tables are close together though. My only complaint would be the pricing of the fish special that I ordered. It ended up being significantly more than anything else (including the meats) on their menu. It was good, but not worth that much more.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is great but they
The food is great but they really nickle and dime you. They charge $2.50 for bread -- how ridiculous!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Little Santa Monica Delight
Charming layout of three rooms, attentive service, some dishes made to order, and desserts for special occasion celebrations.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful, special neighborhood
Wonderful, special neighborhood gem.
And delicious food!!! I love taking family and friends here.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great time!
Took my girlfriend's family here for a Thanksgiving holiday dinner. We all loved the food and the ambience/environment was perfect for an intimate gathering. Overall, 5 stars!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM