Alto Forno

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$31 to $50
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A Modern Italian Restaurant & Lounge.

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Mon - Thu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Fri 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Over sauced, over spiced, trying too hard to create where simplicity would prevail, too much going on and it ruined the apps, salads and entrees.

b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner put some music there and you are flawless---B

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The front desk seemed to have it all together and the women we initially checked in with was great but one of the guy bartenders we ordered are drinks with never came back to give us are drinks then when we asked about them he asked us to order them again with a different bartender little weird I thought

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu choices. Did not disappoint. Waiter made great suggestions. Lovely decor.

M
New England
49 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is beautiful and the food is delicious. From the magnificent raviolo to the Alto salad, from the perfectly cooked and filleted branzino to the osso buco and lamb shank, each dish was beautifully presented and flavorful. Our server, Justin, took good care of us. Wines were reasonable and the sticky toffee pudding and gelato made a perfect ending to a leisurely meal with friends.

SC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Scallop entree very good. Pork special horrible. Pitched as a hearty pork stew. Pork pieces were very fatty, counted three beans in the dish, the rest was a watered down tomato broth. Our second visit, first time wa very good. We’ Give it another try

MA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect! Derek rocks and nice haircut

LC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

WOW! The food is amazing! Best scallops and the alto salad was incredible. This is definitely a return visit! the restaurant is a bit dark and the tables are crowded together, but we had a very enjoyable dinner. Alto Forno is a must go if you are in Peabody.

JN
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time here -- both meals have been truly excellent. The servers are well-versed in the menu and very hospitable. This time I had the chef's special pasta, which was made with Wagu beef and manchego cheese -- delicious. My wife had the short ribs which she said were outstanding. Last time we had the branzino and the pork milanese, which I have to say was the best version of that dish I've ever had. Their French 75 cocktail is also the best around. They were kind enough to place rose petals on the table for our anniversary as well :)

MP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very quaint and quiet spot for a Sunday night romantic dinner or great dinner with friends. The steak was delicious and mashed potatoes to die for !!! Highly recommend

TH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Busy Saturday night! Food is great and a great menu. Our server was fun. Only prob was we were seated nearly 45 mins late for a 7:45 res. They should try to manage that better. We'll be back tho. Food is that good.

TB
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Had a 7:30 reservation for two but didn't get seated until after 8:00. This also happened to us the last time we ate here.

Our waiter was pleasant, but the kitchen was slow. The maitre'd we had been speaking to came by to ask us how we enjoyed our meal. We told him that it hadn't been delivered yet. He never returned.

The food was interesting in concept but poor in execution.

Probably a fine place if you want to meet friends for a drink, but not if you are going for dinner.

We won't be returning

EF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

7:15 reservation....atrived at 7:00....seated 7:45...no acknowledgment from management....service spotty.. .overall a disappointment

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

It took longer than it should have to have water and bread taken to our table. Drinks, from the bar, took over 20 minutes before they came to us. Another waiter had to come and serve us drinks since our waiter was nowhere to be found. However once he did show up he wasn’t bad. Food was good. Service was fair to poor especially given the price point. It was very busy and they seem unprepared.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance! Our favorite place!!

a
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

JT
New England
45 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good meal and service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were not a fan of the parking situation. The only way to park is to use valet which we are not a fan off. We never trust valet parking because it is not worth getting a damaged car returned to us. After watching one valet kid struggle to back up straight because of too many cars pulling in we knew parking at the mall and walking over was the smart idea. The interior of the restaurant is very nice and we loved the comfortable chairs. Our waiter was a nice gentleman but his timing on putting our order in was not great because we received our salami board and our salads all at the same time. Sitting at a table for two plus having bread on the table made it a little tight and it made us feel a little rushed. The food was very good. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and the dessert was outstanding. We would like to return but we are not sure if we would do it when the weather is bad due to the parking situation.

S
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely restaurant in a strange location. food, atmosphere is great.
knowledgeable service staff
extensive wine list

TB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!! The host set up our table beautifully for my parents anniversary.

LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing at Alto Forno. Love the atmosphere and the staff.

CC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like its sister, Pellana, this place never misses. High quality, thoughtful food and beverage offerings in a gorgeous setting. Service was also tops. Love sitting at the swanky bar in the nicest barstools I’ve ever seen. And I’ve sat at a lot of bars!

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wanted upscale quick dinner and it was lovely

OT
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

got together with an old friend to catch up over dinner. i had a caesar salad, seared scallops over a corn/wild mushroom melange and roasted brussels sprouts. all were awesome, well prepared and the dinner served hot. my friend did a combo of apps for dinner including calamari and brussels sprouts as well. she was also complimentary. we met on a wed and it had diners but was not overly full. our waiter was attentive and did not rush us out. we practically closed the place catching up. both had a flute of champagne as well.
it's a bit pricey so that's the 4 instead of 5 stars. i really appreciated the waiter letting us talk. if it was busy he might have had to hurry us along

W
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around ! Food was great, lighting was perfect!

B
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Loved the food and ambiance. Not impressed by service- made special request for nice table to celebrate anniversary/birthday. Manager seated us to nice table with rose petals, but our server never greeted us. Came right to our table and asked what we wanted to drink; didn’t say her name or any other greeting. Never mentioned our anniversary/birthday, which bothered us since we were celebrating and spent a lot of money there. Makes us second guess going back just because of that experience.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal. Went for my anniversary. Loved the delicious mushrooms flatbread and the fresh rigatoni bolognese. Drinks were very tasty as well. Portions were large; service was great; and prices were fair. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

MO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so very delicious. The server made excellent recommendations to my friend and I (thank you Vito)!

We enjoyed the entire experience as it was our first time there.

HO
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I asked for a cozy table... they were going to put us up against a wall... ahh no thanks.... didn’t come to eat so my elbow would bang off a wall.... moved us to a table where one seat was on a bench seat and the other seat was a comfy chair.... Tables are EXTREMELY close.... I came for a quiet romantic dinner.... didn’t come to listen to the couple on my right talking about bathroom issues and the table on my left talking about how hungry they were... my elbows were closer to the two men on either side of me, than I was to the person I was having dinner with!!! Think about that for a moment!! UGH!!!

d
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

vito was fantastic!

OT
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and our food was out of this world!!

1
New England
94 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can't believe we've only just found this great restaurant! Luckily my Husband's favorite food is Italian, so I searched for a new Italian venue. What a culinary gem this place is. We sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the care with which the salumi dish was prepared, as well we could partially see into the kitchen and the occasional flambe blackening and what have you. Justin, the bartender is outstanding, graciously suggesting delicious new drinks he's creating, and sampling wonderful wines from the wine list.
The hardest thing is to not over order, everything sounds interestingly slightly different and worth trying.
Thus, we returned 3 nights later, eventhough I had scheduled a business dinner for the following night! All occasions (3 within one calendar week) lived up to our initial delicious level!

DS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good overall dining experience. A step down from Capital Grill or Palanas; on a pat with Legal Seafood, but the food is better at Alto Forno.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food and service were wonderful!!

JT
New England
45 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great engaging staff. Quality food and comfortable atmosphere.

SN
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Celebrating our daughters birthday was so special there!! They gave her a menu saying her birthday on it and brought dessert out for her. It was a great night!! Would definitely go again and again!!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday celebration could not have been any tastier. Superb foot outstanding service

DB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alto Forno simply hits the nail on the head, with the night perfected by Vito. We could not have asked for a better night. Vito was tactful, witty, and a true gem - Hands down one of the best servers I’ve had in this country. The food, drinks, and ambiance were to the tee, executed quickly and to perfection; moreover, no better place to celebrate my husband’s birthday this year. Sending huge gratitude to Vito for making our night even more special with his expertise and charisma. 10/10 would recommend to anybody looking for a great dinner.

JS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal at Alto Forno.

A
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Rose petals on the table for our anniversary. Nice