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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
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch

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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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4.2based 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on July 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 4, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on June 22, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2017

Rude host, terrible small, food just ok. We couldn't make reservation for a big table and booked 2 small and asked host to sit us at least close to each other and she even didn't try to accommodate.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2017

Good food, great location (when heading to a theater next) and the service is efficient.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2017

This was the 3rd time we enjoyed dining at Fornellos prior to the show. Although pleased with
all aspects, we must mention:
a.) The salmon was nor as soft as usual.
b.) the waiter service was exceptional

We made reservations 2 weeks in advance and, although not correctly registered, were accommodated in good time.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2017

We took advantage of the "prix fixe" menu that came with the theatre/dinner package we bought. Although it wasn't indicative of the full range of possibilities from the main menu, we each found something that we enjoyed and left the restaurant satisfied. Our server was attentive and friendly.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Our server was excellent, friendly and informed. We were thee for pre theatre dinner, everything arrived promptly, although had to ask for pepper and parm

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2017

We were there for the theatre dinner special with a fixed price menu. We enjoyed the meal and portions were more than adequate. Our table wasn't in a great location, as there was a school group right next to us and it got pretty loud. The service as good and our waiter was friendly. I would go back and also recommend it to others.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2017

We were running late for our reservation due to traffic, and the hostess was excellent about it. Our waiter found out we were pressed for time as a result, and he made sure our order went in quickly. The food came hot and ready not too long after we ordered, and it was delicious. Very good service and food.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2017

Great place to have lunch or early dinner before attending the theatre. Food was excellent, cooked to perfection.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Not enough servers on the floor. Service was slow, even when server was made aware that we had a concert. At 7:30. We were there from 5:45 until 7:25.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2017

Although we were late due to traffic, our table was held for us.
Food was good and service was quick and efficient.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2017

The pasta was mushy. The waiter was very thoughtful. I asked for very lite on the cheese on chicken parm. And it arrived perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

Food was very nicely presented and excellent. Great choice for dinner after the afternoon theatre.
Atmosphere very nice. Server was energetic, friendly , made some great suggestions and did not rush us. The set menu was great, lots of choices and variety

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2017

Good value

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2017

We dined in advance of our TSO concert at RTH and were seated at table # 42. My guest was facing the kitchen which was a bit hectic and a little distracting for conversation; however, we appreciated having a window seat. Our charming server was Brian and he was excellent, both in terms of timing and courtesy. Enjoyed our meal and will always return to this Il Fornello especially when it involves theatre and TSO outings.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2017

Enjoyed meal with friends. However, I dropped my scarf and tried calling, no answer, to see if it was picked up and can I drop by for it.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2017

Always good good. Great location near theatres and concert hall. Service is attentive and friendly. Very noisy the night we went because it was filled with women going to see Jann Arden.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

We had a wonderful family dining experience. The service was great and the pizzas were delicious. We will return next time we are in Toronto.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Have been here on numerous occasions and never disappointed. Service is fast and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

The food was very nicely prepared and beautifully presented. Our server was excellent! One member in the group is allergic to certain foods and our server steered him through the menu and made certain the food was to his liking. She maintained a professional and friendly demeanour at all times.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2017

Five of us all enjoyed our meal and were able to visit easily. Came after 'Strickly Ballroom' and it is so handy.

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