Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
For larger party reservations please contact the restaurant via email at forbici@eatforbici.com.

Modern Italian made fresh daily with an emphasis on Roman-Style Pizza! Tampa’s Original Roman-Style Pizza.
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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Our party of four had mixed experiences. The wine and pizza were fine, but the pasta dishes were VERY disappointing, one almost inedible. The $7 caesar salad consisted of a few romaine leaves and 3 croutons in a small bowl. We were especially disturbed about the poor look and taste of the pasta dishes. Having frequented other Italian eateries in the area with good success, we were quite surprised at the prices for such unappetizing dishes. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend Forbici.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Hi, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to having you back in again soon.

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L
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The music was way too loud. I was yelling and still could barely be heard. The food was cold and lacking any wow factor. Ate two bites of my entree and the waiter said “glad you’re food was amazing”. Service was fair. Nothing to return to.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Hi, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review. We are very concerned to see this. Please give us the opportunity to look into the matter today. If you would DM us your email, we would appreciate that. We apologize for this experience and look forward to hearing from you.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal experience, great service, and good food!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Hi, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to having you back in again soon.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, would come back again!!

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Responded 3 days ago

Hi, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review! We look forward to having you back in again soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went with three girlfriends to celebrate birthdays. It was certainly festive! There are not any soft surfaces so it’s very loud. The food was tasty. Portions of our food was small (pasta and salad) but I saw some other tables with large platters of food. It’s a fun place, and if you want to have a conversation I don’t recommend it.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Hi, thank you for leaving a review and for celebrating with us at Forbici! While we are glad you enjoyed your food, we are so sorry to hear you did not have a comfortable experience at Forbici. If you could please DM us your response so we can address these issues with our management team, we would gladly appreciate it. We look forward to hearing from you!

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RR
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, comfortable space. Great business lunch or neighborhood gem. Well done!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to having you back in again soon.

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SF
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went to a girls brunch. They just rolled out their brunch menu a few weeks ago but it has a good selection. Recommendation to add the bowl options that are on the lunch and dinner menu. Got the Eggs Florentine and it was great. I’m debating on whether to give a 3 or 4 star due to the drink pours. The drink pours are very skimpy. I was trying to figure out if the glass was just large or the pour was just skimpy. The same holds true for the mimosas, skimpy. My recommendation would be to serve wine in a separate glass carafe along with the wine glass and serve mimosas in a champagne flute. That way, there’s no debate on the pour size and everyone is happy.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Sharon, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review. While we are glad to hear you enjoyed the brunch menu items, we are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy all aspects of your experience at Forbici. We gladly appreciate the recommendations and feedback and will relay this information to our management team in hopes to have you all back for a five-star experience. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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FB
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cup an char!!! Ahhhh! Everything is always so good!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 8, 2019

FoodieintheBurg, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review! Must say, you can never go wrong with the Cup & Char Pizza! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to having you back in with us soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cute, good food, great location.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 2, 2019

Hi, thank you for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to having you back in again soon!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick and friendly service. Great food!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi, thank you for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to having you back in soon.

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TG
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch for a friends birthday. Both had excellent food. Excellent drinks. Good service. Attentive just enough. Booth tables were a bit close together but ok. Cup and Char pizza was fantastic as was Erica Salad. Definitely need to go back to try more food.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 29, 2019

TarponGirl, thank you so much for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a detailed review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Forbici and we look forward to having you back in again soon!

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good! The service was quick and helpful (I asked the server for a recommendation, and her choice was VERY good), and the atmosphere was great. I'll definitely be back!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Chelsea, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review. We are SO glad to hear you had a great experience and were recommended a wonderful dish. We look forward to having you back in with us again soon. Don't forget bar specials run Monday through Friday 3:00 - 6:00pm!

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great time!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici. We are so happy to hear you had a great time and we look forward to having you back in with us soon!

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Naples
24 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good, not great. Overcooked pasta - a mortal sin for Italian restaurants. Tasty delicate fish inappropriately paired with strong overpowering pepper salad. Other items well-prepared. Worth a try if expectations aren't too high.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review. We are so sorry to hear you did not enjoy all aspects of your dining experience. If you could please DM us your review so we can address these issues with our management team, we would gladly appreciate it. In return, we hope to have you back in again soon for a five-star experience.

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S
Miami
71 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good experience. Service was very nice; salads were terrific; very fresh with grilled chicken. One had a Roma style pizza which was also very tasty and dough was quite a bit lighter. Well worth the price and we’ll certainly return for dinner.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 29, 2019

Sgaswi, thank you so much for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a detailed review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to having you back in again soon.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was awesome. Only a few mishaps: my specialty drink the Paloma was delivered (not by our server) ungarnished and without the salt rim which really would’ve made a difference in the taste and presentation. This was my second visit. I ordered the same meal again but this time my pasta was much too saucy and once cooled it got somewhat clumpy. Every thing tasted amazing either way.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 24, 2019

Hi, thank you so much for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review. We are happy to know the service was excellent but we are sad to hear about your food and drink experience. If you could please DM us your review, we would love to address these issues with our team in hopes to offer you a five-star experience next time. We look forward to hearing from you and having you back in again soon.

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VP
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and we'll definitely be back to try more of their selections. Good location and atmosphere. Service was very good and our food choices were delicious. Being a meatball lover, I highly recommend the meatball appetizer to go with a pasta dish. We did lunch on this visit but will definitely go for dinner next time to try their wine selection.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 25, 2019

Vincent, we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Forbici! Thank you for joining us and for leaving a detailed review. We certainly look forward to having you back in to try dinner soon!

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J
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very tasty but the service is very poor... I reserved a booth and when we got to the restaurant I was told it’d be another hour for a booth so we were seated at a small table with another couple literally sitting right next to us because the seats and tables are so close to each other. I brought my girlfriend here twice in a week and both times we were practically ignored by our waiter... both times our waiter did not once come check on us and our meal. The second time we dined in we were at our table for 15 minutes before our waiter acknowledged us... and we got his attention because my girlfriend asked a manager what was going on.
The actual food though is very good that’s why we came back so quick.. the staff definitely needs to be better trained..

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2019

Hi Jake, thank you so much for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food but we are sad to see that you were served like this. If you could please DM us your review, we would love to address these issues with our team in hopes to offer you a five-star experience next time. We look forward to hearing from you and having you back in again soon.

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GB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there (visiting from Atlanta) and the food was OUTSTANDING. Was with a group of six so we ordered multiple entrees and appetizers and shared “family style”. Each of us were overly impressed. Nice wine list as well. Can’t say enough about this place (and coming from a Brooklyn Italian that says a lot)!!!!!!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 25, 2019

Greg, we are SO happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Forbici. Thank you for joining us on your stay in Tampa and for leaving a detailed review. We look forward to having you back in again soon!

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M
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third visit in a month. Pepperoni Pizza is light and nice change from heavy northern versions which I also love. Spag & Meatballs, super, grilled shrimp tasty and they were reasonable with cork fee $25 when we brought a really good bottle For Wife’s birthday.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 21, 2019

Matteo, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience at Forbici! We appreciate you leaving a review and for your continued support. We look forward to having you back in again soon to try more!

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with a group I meet once a month at different restaurants. Food and service were very good. A little loud if you want to talk.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 20, 2019

Hi, thank you for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici! We are so sorry to hear you did not have a comfortable experience at Forbici. If you could please DM us your response so we can address these issues with our management team, we would gladly appreciate it. We look forward to hearing from you!

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J
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Wonderful food and service!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 19, 2019

Janice, we are so glad you enjoyed your experience at Forbici! Stay tuned for new menu items and specials. We look forward to having you back in again soon.

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OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

For a restaurant that has only been open a mere month, the menus looked as if they had been around for years. Ratty, oily, and disgusting. Please consider how this looks for a guest dining experience.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 23, 2019

Hi, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review. We are sad to hear this from your experience at Forbici. If you could please DM us your review, we would love to address these issues with our team in hopes to offer you a five-star experience next time. We look forward to hearing from you and having you back in again soon.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire team at Forbici provided outstanding service!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 19, 2019

So glad to hear you had a great experience! Thank you for leaving a review and we look forward to having you back in again soon.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The ambient was perfect

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 19, 2019

Carmen, we are so happy to hear you had a great experience at Forbici. We look forward to having you back in again soon!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Very busy and a good place to meet up with friends for drinks. The bar area is very busy and a little too loud for a dinner date.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on September 7, 2019

Hi, thank you for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici. While we are glad you enjoyed drinks with friends, we are sad to hear that you did not have a comfortable experience during your visit. If you could please DM us the time and date of your reservation, we would like to address these concerns with our management team in hopes to have you back in for a five-star experience.

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FB
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! The cup and char is perfection! And the food is just delicious!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hi! Thank you for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience at Forbici and look forward to having you back in again soon!

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S
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice design, cute tables & great comfortable atmosphere for large group of friends (6) to dine and eat together. We were seated quickly and had excellent service. However food was plain and not filling - I ordered the pasta with red sauce and left hungry.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 17, 2019

Shelly, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a detailed review. We appreciate the feedback and are sorry to hear you did not enjoy all aspects of your experience. We hope to have you back in again soon to try more menu items.

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AM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I was so excited to try Forbici. I made a reservation for 7:15 on a Wednesday night. My group wasn’t seated, however, until about 7:45. As if that wait wasn’t enough, I had to go up to the hostess stand at 8:00 because no one had come up to our table to begin taking our orders. They were apologetic, but it took another 15 minutes for a waitress to come to the table. It took a full hour from the reservation time to just get drinks ordered!

That being said - despite the service being subpar, the food was amazing. Everything came out relatively quickly and was delicious. They also do half portion of pastas which is a big plus!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Allie, thank you so much for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food and the service but we are sad to see you were not seated immediately upon arrival. If you could please DM us your review, we would love to address these issues with our team in hopes to offer you a five-star experience next time. We look forward to hearing from you and having you back in again soon.

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AH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great. I had the bowl with the black rice, lots of food for the price. Brandon, our server, was really friendly and informative. We sat at a cozy booth, which I love. The one negative is the two top tables that sit along the long booth are too close. I asked to be moved (to the booth) as I felt like I was sitting at the same table as my neighbor.. not a fan of that.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2019

AHKR, thank you for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici. So glad to hear you enjoyed our Sano grain bowl. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to having you in again soon.

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RV
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Loud room - cramped with too many tables - mediocre service - food pretty good

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 17, 2019

Renee, thank you for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici. We are so sorry to hear you did not have a comfortable experience at Forbici. If you could please DM us your response so we can address these issues with our management team, we would gladly appreciate it. We look forward to hearing from you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pizza is out of this world!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2019

Hi, thank you for leaving a review and for joining us at Forbici! We look forward to having you in again soon to try more.

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ME
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in for lunch after Sunday church and we’re quick seated in a comfy booth giving us a wide view of the restaurant’s activity. The age range of the diners was very wide with many young families and older couples. Our server was courteous and very helpful with wine selection to complement our Italian meal. We started with calamari which was melt in your mouth tender. The pizza was almost deep dish thick and very tasty. There was a young man playing and singing soft music which provided a pleasant backdrop. We will definitely be back.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2019

Hi MEMSr, thank you for joining us at Forbici and for leaving a detailed review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to having you back in again soon to try more menu items!

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M
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So, I am vegan and was so excited to try the impossible meatballs at this restaurant. They were so amazing that I was definitely blown away. It was nice to go to a restaurant and actually be full when you leave LOL which is a rare occasion when you're vegan. I appreciated the fact that they had the cruelty-free options, and that they were so tasty. The only thing that was off was that the food wasn't hot when it came out but I didn't mention it because everything else was really good. It is a bit noisy in there but it's a fun atmosphere with live music so it just comes with the territory. I would recommend this restaurant to all :-).

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 13, 2019

Mandi, we are so happy to hear you enjoyed our vegan options! The meatballs are a house favorite for sure. Thanks for dining with us at Forbici and for leaving a review. We look forward to having you back in soon to try more menu items!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Really like the food and general vibe of the place. All of the dishes we ordered were delicious. Service was pretty sloppy and sporadic from the time we checked in for our reservation (and had to wait for 15 minutes) to the table service. Assume it's due to the relative newness of the restaurant and that they'll work out the kinks.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 12, 2019

Hi, thank you for joining us at Forbici for leaving a review. Happy to hear you enjoyed your dishes. We are so sorry to hear about your service experience and will relay this information to our team. We look forward to having you back in again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great vibe. Cocktails were okay. Fun energy and delicious food. Pasta was great but a little overpriced.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 13, 2019

Hi! Thank you for joining us at Forbici. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to having you in again soon.

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JG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything I’ve had there!

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 24, 2019

Jackie, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us at Forbici! Thank you for joining us and for leaving a review, we look forward to having you back in again soon.

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QC
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are very few Italian restaurants we try, would rather make ourselves. Lunch was great. Meatball appetizer was yummy, really great sauce too. The calamari appetizer was perfectly done, light and crispy fried and perfectly cooked, tender not chewy. Three of us had salads, all were great, not overly dressed. My grilled chicken addition to my salad was juicy and fresh. My husband added steak and it was perfectly cooked as well. Everyone else enjoyed sandwiches with side salads. Roasted cauliflower was a delicious side choice. All great! Our server was attentive and wonderful during our entire visit. We will be back.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 12, 2019

Hi! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us at Forbici. Thank you for leaving a review and for your kind words, we look forward to having you back in soon to try more!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, everything from the food to the drinks to the service was perfect.

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant
Responded on August 10, 2019

Hi! Thank you for leaving a review and we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience at Forbici. We look forward to having you back in for more!

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