Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
Our second location in the heart of Olde Montgomery. Full service, authentic Italian restaurant serving appetizers, wood fired pizzas, pastas, entrees and desserts. Full bar and extensive wine list.
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4.7
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4.5
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T
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect to celebrate my husbands birthday and our very sweet server treated him to his favorite dessert! The cingalle pappardelle was out of this world- just like in Italy! Hi

KS
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

After several excellent recent dinners at Forno, the last one was a bit of a disappointment. I ordered a bread basket (the only place in Cincinnati I know of where you have to pay for bread) which never came. Sad because the Blue Oven bread is excellent. A Ceasar salad was very good. My wife and I decided to try the pizza rather than a more traditional entree. The eggplant pizza could have been better. The eggplant was cut in large square cubes rather than as thinner slices. Then grated cheese was put on top after the pizza was removed from the oven--much time must have passed because it did not melt and should have been much better than it was. A sausage pizza and mushroom pizza was better, though the sausage is bland compared to what we usually experience on the east coast. We have had the the tiramisu in the past and it is superb. We were handed dessert menus and when the waitress returned we ordered the tiramisu. It was only then that she told us the tiramisu was not available (sad again). This should have been stated when she dropped the dessert menu off. We will try again since it is difficult to get quality Italian food in Cincinnati. Hope they do better next time.

CR
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Seats too close together. Noise level high when restaurant was full.

OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Too many tables in a tight space.

JL
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being 1/2 Italian, I usually don't eat Italian food outside of the house, because I can usually make it better. But, Forno makes excellent Italian food better than I can. We only had 2 entrees w/ a pizza for an appetizer and one side, so it's hard to judge the entire menu. But, if I had to make a judgement based on what we ate, Forno IS authentic, outstanding and is worthy of another visit!!! Bravo!!!

TH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Prix Fixe Menu and I ordered the wine pairings with it. Each wine showed up 5 minutes after each course was served. Food was very good. Too many tables in the dining room. Very loud with little room for the servers to navigate.

LH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience4

I believe that for a set menu it was a bit pricey (there were no prices listed on the set menu). I don't mind paying for good food but I would normally pay for what I choose to eat. Our waitress seemed a bit confused about serving us in the beginning and when it was time to pay the attitude seemed to be more friendly. I wasn't really interested in the wine pairing either but it was not explained that I would have to pay for it even though I didn't have the wine. It really was not the best restaurant experience I've ever had.

m
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here! Great service and amazing food and wine!

NL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place, great service, and great food. This was our 3rd visit to Forno in the last 2 months, and we were not disappointed with anything. Highly recommended......... check this place out, I hope that you get "Amy" as your server. She was the BEST!

RL
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small gem in Cincinnati. Service is welcoming, efficient with no rushing. Katherine knows her restaurant well! LOVE the veal picatta, foccacia bread, artichokes, Margherita Pizza to name a few. Extensive wine and beverage list, especially for a smaller venue. Sunday night is a great night for good conversation and a relaxed meal.

K
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciously prepared food. Try the gnocchi for dinner and bruschetta appetizer. Staff very friendly and attentive.

d
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service too, and it was great to see the Chef out in the dining room taking care of his guests. He stopped by the table and answered questions about the menu, offered suggestions, poured wine, really worked the room to make sure everyone had a great experience. We'll be back!

TD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, the service, and the staff!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and superb service. Seated us early and made us feel at home. We love the pizza and I was thrilled by the cod. I hadn’t seen that before and I hope they keep it.

MG
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection. Pizza fantastic, veal scallopini tender and super flavorful.
Love the Rapini, would love to see it as a side dish and as an entree with linguine, garlic and oil !

G
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

All of the food we had was delicious. The hostess was extremely nice and gave us wonderful recommendations. Although we will most likely be back, we will not make a reservation. The tables are too close together and it is very loud, as my husband and I could hardly have a conversation with the level of noise. The servers have a hard time getting around and are constantly bumping into chairs. We will eat in the bar area next time to get more space and a quieter atmosphere.

ES
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Veal was so salty it was inedible. Noise level loud, hard to hear your own companion at table

GO
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Will definitely come back

LS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was cold when we first got there. Heat went up after we heard another table complain

s
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food and service but the acoustics are terrible, had to lean across the table during my dinner to hear. Not sure how it could be fixed within that space.

OT
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love sitting at the pizza bar! It’s cozy, it’s fun watching them make our pizza and it’s our little ritual during the winter months.

R
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as usual.

OT
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was very good. Noise level was awful because tables were on top of each other. You couldn’t help being a part of the conversation on either side of you.
Plates our food was brought out on were huge and barely fit the table without moving my wine glass and water glass to the very edge of the table. Not that I needed or am complaining about the portions, because they were fine,but they would have easily fit on a smaller plate and still had a nice presentation

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s dinner. The special 4 course dinner was spectacular! Hats off to the Chef.

JK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Food was great, service was excellent. Wonderful way to ring in the new year with my girlfriend. Thank you.

F
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was amazing

l
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! We sat at the bar and had great service.

c
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing! Jen was awesome! Love this place!

JH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with friends. Excellent service. Great vino. Food was delicious and properly proportioned.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rachel our server was terrific and Christian stopped by our table to say hello.

DP
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We really appreciated Forno being open on Christmas Eve. The food was good but not as good as it usually is...the cocktails were a disappointment. I am not sure they new how to make a Negroni (it was a bit watered down.

TD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wonderful staff. A must in Montgomery!

a
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and able to help our party choose meals to each of our liking.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you AliciaC! We are glad we met your expectations with 5 stars!

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MI
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Swordfish was really salty and the was very chewy. Waitress was nice but didn’t give us time to have a glass of wine before the food came out. Overall the price was high for average experience.

a
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bistecca Fiorentina...two words. Admittedly not on the menu anymore, but two words well worth talking about. A steak, salad, and sides for your- and five (realistically) of your friends: so long as they share your taste in the doneness of the steak (medium rare is great, and rare is even better). As noted, this is no longer an on menu item, but we called and asked and the restaurant was kind enough to accommodate us.

Bistecca aside, Forno has a wonderful menu for its visitors. The tripe appetizer (cheap) is tasty and, if you don't think too much about it, a remarkable tribute to what can be done with offal. If tripe isn't to your taste, the octopus is fantastic; and, if even then you can't do it: go with the bruschetta.

Mains: pastas, pizza or entrees, you really can't go wrong. You'll have to be awfully hungry if you want a pasta (primi) and an entree, but it you have a decent size group with you, think about sharing. The Bolognese is disturbingly good (on the menu you have tagliatelle and early in the week the restaurant does a Bolognese lasagne).

Never really tried much dessert, so, you are on your own there. But, long-and-short, give it a try. It has a great atmosphere, a good wine selection, and great food and pretty solid prices.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you Avandike ! We appreciate your feedback! Anytime you want a bistecca don't hesitate to call us; With a couple days notice we can get it in for you from our butcher. Happy holidays .

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JH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were hoping for a more quiet evening. Two large parties raised the room noise significantly. This will not stop us from returning. We understand its that time of year. Will not recommend for a anniversary dinner - but would certainly recommend based on service and food quality.

LS
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server was great. The food was pretty good. The spaghetti style dish we ordered was very average. The wine was really good and priced affordable. The only thing that was negative is that they reported my reservation as a no show to open table when I was actually early and ate in the bar area.

A
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and delicious

F
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar ambiance and service is fantastic and the menu and drinks so far are delicious.

W
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Daniel McCarthy made our dining experience special with an outstanding dessert!