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Il Fornello on King

4.2
74 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre (61)
  • Casual (41)
  • Great for Lunch (27)

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About

IL FORNELLO, 214 King Street West located directly across from Roy Thomson Hall and steps from the Royal Alex and Princess of Wales Theatres is perfect for pre-theatre dining. Even the Rogers Centre, CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium are but a short walk away. IL FORNELLO introduced Toronto to Wood-Oven Baked Pizzas and still makes the best Pizzas in the neighbourhood, from the classic Margherita to the popular Pepperoni to the gourmet Fig. There are Appetizers, Salads and Pastas aplenty with some favourites being Bruschetta, Grilled Calamari, Arugula & Beet Salad, Linguini di Mare, Penne Pollo Pesto and Gnocchi Gorgonzola. Braised Lamb Shank, Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon or Chicken Breast stuffed with Asiago Cheese are three of the Entrées available and the Dessert Selection featuring Tiramisu is a perfect way to end your meal. The wine and spirits list is extensive and the servers are expert at making sure you enjoy a relaxed, unhurried dinner and still make it to the theatre on time.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
LUNCH:
Tuesday- Friday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday : Open @ 11:30 pm - Only on Mirvish Matinee Days
DINNER:
Monday - Open @ 4:30 pm - Only on RTH Performance Nights
Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 977-2855
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
King and University
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Parking details
There is ample parking available at The Roy Thomson Hall and The Metrocentre Parking Garages that share an entrance on Wellington Street, one block south of King Street. The Mirvish Parking Garage beneath The Princess of Wales Theatre is accessed at 96 John Street. There is limited street parking on King St. after 6.00 pm.
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Public transit
IL FORNELLO is one block west of the St Andrews Subway station on the University line. If you are traveling by Street Car, we are located at the Simcoe Street Stop on the King line.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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rustysheba (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

we went for my belated birthday lunch. It was ok. the panini was fine, i didn't really care for the taste of the beef. The sauce on the sandwich was too mustardy. I didn't care for the tirimisou as there was butterscotch sauce on that. who does that?

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

For some reason the restaurant wasn't aware or prepared for my arrival although I did make a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Our server was friendly & attentive. Great Foodlicious options. I thoroughly enjoyed the mussel appetizer

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

My friend and I went to this restaurant for dinner and i had the salad and pizza and she had the soup and salmon. The food was ok but I have had better elsewhere. The service wasn't very quick and the sorbet we had tasted like orange peels. The food wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

Bland food, would not go again unfortunately. Nothing more to add

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2017

My friend and I went for summerlicious. We were very happy with both of our meals. It's tasty and very filling. I absolutely loved my tiramisu.

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AlexB (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2017

I participated in Summerlicious at Il Fornello for lunch. For $18 I had an AMAZING meal. I tried the mussels, pizetta of the day, and tiramisu. It was all amazing and very filling for the price paid. Service was also very professional and relatively quick.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

We had the best waiter.....think Brian was his name.....great sense of humor

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

Solid all around. Good pizza & pasta. Good for lunch or casual meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2017

The server could have been a little gentle with the plates when tabling our food.

The servers did not have any consideration for the diners sitting close to the station where the dirty dishes were placed. VERY NOISY.

I have another reservation on July 18th I will make sure that I do not have the same server or be seated in the same area.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 4, 2017

Food was delicious, service was friendly and prompt. I will definitely have lunch here again

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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on June 27, 2017

Two of us arrived separately, gave the same reservation name at check in - were both told we were the first to arrive and were seated at opposite ends of the restaurant. Only 15 minutes later did we figure out the mistake. Hostess didn't even apologize. Not a good start to a business lunch.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

There wasn't many people there at 8pm on a Saturday night, so that was a bit uncomfortable. Our server barely acknowledged us. Not sure if it was his personality or the fact that we were there for the Mirvish Dine and Dazzle. Disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Went before a Mirvish show. Speedy service, good Prix fixe, tasty meal. Highly recommend.

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upnorthgirl (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Fantastic food. Nice ambiance. Fast service and amazing servers!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Great soup, salad and chicken parm. Service was excellent. We used this restaurant as part of the Mirvish Special.
The dining experience was great, however the restrooms need attention.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

I was there for lunch on a Saturday and the place was empty until mid-way through our meal. Service was good, but that is to be expected when you are the only customer. We both had salads which were very good. There was a faint musty smell where we were sitting by the window that wasn't pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

We were very lucky to already have reservations. But our table location was horrible. Just two of us, and I had to have my back to a main thoroughfare for the wait staff. I ended up with an oil/food spill on the back of my jacket...and had my purse bumped into all night. My purse wasn't big, but it was hung on the back of my chair. Overall we had very speedy service, even though I had to wait for my companion to join me. My pizza was super soggy. Her pasta was good. Only reason we go here is because of its great location to the theatres.

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WD13 (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

My sister and I attended a concert in Toronto and this was our location of choice for dinner. We have been here before and we are never disappointed. The food is excellent, menu has s variety of choices for all types of diets. They are very accommodating for my sisters nut allergy and never fuss about special menu.
This time it was a little loud but only bc it was sold out. We made a reservation and experienced no wait times.
The food is so delicious and the service is always prompt and pleasant. We are definitely going back.
Thank you for making our evening even better.

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lilit (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on June 22, 2017

extremely noisy and tables crowded together. fairly dependable food and quick service

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