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  1. Distance: 1.58mi
  2. Distance: 1.95mi
  3. Distance: 2.69mi
  4. Distance: 3.30mi
  1. Distance: 1.58mi
  2. Distance: 1.95mi
  3. Distance: 2.69mi
  4. Distance: 3.30mi

About Forno Italiano

Forno Italiano brings exquisite rustic Italian dining to the heart of Sparta NJ. We supply only the finest Italian cuisines to take you on a trip to Italy. From our pasta, to the wide array of entrees and right down to our delicious desserts you will enjoy a rush of such flavor that your taste buds will be thanking you all the way home!

191 Woodport Rd.
Sparta, NJ 07871
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(973) 726-4202

Website:
http://fornosparta.com/

Forno Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (52)
Good for Groups (46)
Fit for Foodies (40)
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Special Occasion (40)
Romantic (37)
Great for Outdoor Dining (32)
Notable Wine List (15)
Kid-friendly (13)
Hot Spot (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Great for Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Food was great. Slightly overpriced but worth a trip. Our waitress seemed like she was having an off night...not very friendly and on the slow side.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2016

If you want a nice meal out with friends or family this is the perfect place. It is the kind of place you can go and sit and talk over a good meal. I was just there with an old friend and we sat and chatted over our diner they even let us sit there and not rush us out. The place was almost empty in the restaurant but the bar was hopping. Yet it was still nice and peaceful where we where. The only thing I can say is it was a little chilly in there.
If you want you can go into the bar for live music and drinks. They seemed to have a great older crowd in there and the music sounded like it was low enough that you could still hear yourself think or have a conversation.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Went New Years Eve, the food tasted like it was store bought frozen food,
Ordered baked clams and I would have bet any amount of money it www Matlaws frozen baked clams
The Veal was full of grease from the fryer and my plate had a puddle on it
Would never go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2015

We had a lovely anniversary dinner. My husband had Ravioli, and I had the duck. The portions were large,( I couldnt finish mine). The food was very good, the presentation excellent and our server attentive. We will return. ( I saw many things on the menu that I would like to try)

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2015

Nice outside dining. Patrons next to us lit up a cigar and they blew the smoke our way. Food was good, although I thought I had read they made their own pasta, I could be wrong. Decent selection of beer and wine. Waiter not very sure of things, and seemed to rush us and not allow us time to chat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2015

Saturday early dinner Forno - warm bread, Caesar salad, and Filet Mignon were excellent. Our waiter was quite attentive and the food arrived faster than we expected.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2015

Our party of 4 was seated at a table in the front. Every time the door down the long entrance hall opened , a cold wind blew through the dining room. People around us were wearing their winter coats while eating. Service was horrific. Our waiter took 15 minutes to first make it to our table. The salads (which were good but not great) came out fairly promptly but then the great wait began. Our entrees came out after 9 pm - we had a 6:30 reservation - and 3 out of 4 dinners were not hot but at that point we chowed them down like ravaged wolves in the wild (which was the ambiance with the cold wind blowing) They had a consultant named Larry who apologized throughout the long night and he did ply us with rounds of free drinks and threw in free deserts too but when you get served a lukewarm dinner after 9 pm when you had a 6:30 reservation...all is lost. Can't remember a crappier restaurant experience and would never return....there 's no chance this place is going to survive!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 13, 2015

This was our first visit to this charming restaurant tucked away at the end of a strip of storefronts. The friendly staff accommodated our reservation request and our party of six was seated on time. The restaurant features a piano bar that provides a separate space to enjoy a cocktail before dining. The wait staff could not have been friendlier. The service was excellent. In addition to the daily specials, the menu featured a wide range of tasty choices for a fair price. Forno Italiano even offers a loyalty program that provides future perks. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2014

We've visited Forno's several times. Always a great experience. The House made sweet potato ravioli was unbelievably good. Very friendly, professional service every visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2014

If I can not go into the city I go to forno. The place is beautiful. The food is old world Italian and the service is friendly. I suggest the Eggplant and the Sunday Gravy. Start with the Grilled octopus. You will not be disappointed. It always reminds me of my grandmothers cooking back in the day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2014

We ordered appetizers and dinner. The Italian toast app as well as the eggplant entree was good. The pork chop entree was fair at best - dry and little flavor. The food took a very long time to come out - not a server issue, but with the kitchen even though the restaurant was not busy. Will give it another try and see how it goes.

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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2014

This was the second time here. First time with just me and the wife. Second with family. Both times food and service very good. Prices higher than some restaurants in the area, but reasonable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2014

Overall, all was quite good to excellent, we will tell our friends, the out door dining room was excellent with the live music playing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2014

While it was too quiet for a Wednesday night out, the food, the atmosphere and the service were all excellent. They made my husband's birthday celebration very enjoyable and the food was both plentiful and reasonably priced for its high quality.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2014

We picked the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion... The food was great as well as the ambiance and service. Would highly recommend and can't wait to go back again and sit on the patio this time and enjoy the fire pit!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2014

My wife and I went there for our 27th wedding anniversary and were more than pleasantly surprised by many things, those being the size and scope of the seating area was incredible, the food was tremendous and the ambiance was terrific. Will recommend this restaurant to all our friends as this was truly a gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2014

I know there have been mixed reviews for this restaurant, but I must say we see an improvement in service each time we go. The food is always delicious, creative and consistent and there is never a bad attitude in the house. This time we brought some friends and they had a great time and raved about how delicious their meals were. The winners on this visit: the Polenta fries (great for our gluten-free diner), grilled Octopus (now a fave), the Short Rib is amazing and we love the Pistachio Semi Freddo!! We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 26, 2014

Just spent too much money for what we got. Kids meatball with spaghetti was cold in the middle... calamari was good and linguini with clam was gritty. Small portions, high prices but service was friendly and place was nice.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 25, 2014

Great food. Great service. Definitely the place to go in the Sparta area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2014

We ate at Forno Italiano for my husband's birthday. Our party had spaghetti carbonara, potato gnocchi, veal parmesan and farfalle manchego shrimp. The farfalle was too sweet for my taste and the shrimp were a little rubbery, but everyone else enjoyed their entrees. The beet salad was very good, although the "small" was pretty large. Desserts- tiramisu and panna cotta with a raspberry sauce- were very tasty. Our server was pleasant and attentive, but the food, especially dessert, was very slow to come out, even though the restaurant didn't appear to be at all crowded on a Sunday night. It's an attractive place, and we will return, but only when we have plenty of time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on April 6, 2014

ATE AT FORNO'S ON 4/6/14, DRINKS AND FOOD WERE VERY GOOD EXCEPT FOR THE SUNDAY GRAVY SPECIAL. SAUSAGE WAS BURNED, MEATBALLS WERE HARD AND DRY AS IF THERE WERE JUST DEFROSTED AND HEATED UP IN THE SAUCE. AND THE SAUCE LOOKED AS IF IT HAD BEEN BURNED. FOR AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT THIS DISH SHOULD BE THEIR BEST ITEM.....FOR US 'NOT SO'.

OUR SERVERS WERE PLESANT AND ATTENTIVE, BUT THE FOOD CAME OUT OF THE KITCHEN VERY VERY SLOW EVEN THOUGH THE RESTAURANT WAS NOT CROWDED. WE'LL TRY IT AGAIN WHEN IT WARMS UP SO WE CAN DINE OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO. HOPE THE KITCHEN GET ON THE BALL OR WE'LL NOT RETURN A 3RD TIME.

WOULD NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE UNLESS THE WAIT TIME FOR THE FOOD IS IMPROVED UPON.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 5, 2014

Tried Forno Italiano for the first time Saturday night. Very pleasantly surprised, great appetizer menu, reasonable prices. Knew the atmosphere would be upscale based on previous steak house in that location. There are outside tables which I'm sure would be pleasant dining in warmer weather. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2014

Very nice Italian resturant in Sparta, NJ. We were meeting family and friends in the area and choose this place by luck! Food was very good, as was the service. They also had live music in the bar area. Would retun :)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2014

First time at this restaurant, very satisfied, superb attention to details ranging from the drinks to the great italian bread to the salad to the entrees. And we can't forget the tiramisu. Nice crowd for a Saturday night and the service was always consistent. Just became my favorite italian restaurant in North Jersey.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2014

This restaurant was quite nice. The food was good, the drinks were exceptional (but a bit pricey) and the food was also very good but not exceptional. Portion sizes were good, but I felt the presentation could have been better. After being there for about an hour and the restaurant filling up, it got quite loud to the point where the music was no longer heard. Will go back this summer to experience the outdoor dining and try another dish.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 21, 2014

I had been here now for the second time in a month and I love the menu. It was great to go into the bar for a quick cocktail before dinner and there was music which is a greatly added pleasure I will definitely return!!!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 1, 2014

The food was out of this world, the service was very attentive and knew the menu well. the mascarpone cheesecake left us almost speechless!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2014

Taylor, our waitress, was tremendous. She was attentative, friendly and very professional. That treat along with the wonderful food left me and my wife wanting to come back and try of few additional items we labored over trying at the time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2014

A very nice romantic dining experience. Good service and food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2014

Everything about the experience was "good." I enjoyed the food and the service was good but wish that there was something that would make dining here stand out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Made reservations on line. Seated immediately. Service, drinks, food served promptly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2014

If it wasn't for a val-pak offer I never would have known this restaurant existed. Very good food,friendly and accommodating staff, pretty ambience, outdoor seating available in the warmer weather. Highly recommend.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2014

The food was good, the people are nice, the prices are reasonable, what more could you want. Our server Paul did a good job. Overall very positive experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2013

The Shrimp was over cooked and The trout special was dry. The children enjoyed the chicken Parmesan.
They have a decent wine list.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2013

Great young servers,eclectic menu with excellent food. One of our favorite spots. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2013

Overall was decent, nothing outstanding but everything ok. Live music in bar, party downstairs, piped in music got to be a little much but wasn't that big a deal and was probably unusual. Menu has good options, we were not unhappy with anything although seared ahi was not bad, but would not order again. Service was very nice and the place itself is very nice too. No complaints, no raves either - would go again to give it another try.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2013

Best Caeser salad ever! Great wait staff, CLEAN,Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 17, 2013

My husband and I had dined there once before but for a late lunch early dinner. Decided to go back with another couple on Saturday night and had an excellent dining experience. I would have to give the food a 5 star and the service from our waitress Patty was flawless. Definately will be going back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2013

Describes experience.People are friendly and try to please. More attention needed at tables.Less choices on menu and greater concentration on quality of dish.More of a wine selection would be good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2013

They had no AC on and all of us were sweating including bartender it was gross

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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