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Forno Italiano

3.9
70 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Groups (46)
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian
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(973) 726-4202
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Business Casual
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3.9  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0  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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Calgirl56 (New York Area)
4.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  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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SarahS (New York Area)
4.0  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)

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JNOR (New York Area)
3.0  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.

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JGUpperWest (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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vipJimmyLikesSpicyChicken (New York Area)
1.0  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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Randy (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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DinnerOut (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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truefoodie1 (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipjdnj (New York Area)
3.0  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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nootz (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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Dover100 (New York Area)
1.0  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.

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Flanny (Philadelphia)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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GemFinder (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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!

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Jaimz07 (Baltimore)
2.0  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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JKris (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 25, 2014

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

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Kaycee27 (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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