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.

Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Celebrate Easter with Chef Cristian's annual Easter Brunch Buffet priced at $35 for each adult and $12 for each child ( 12 and under). Our full menu will NOT be available during this time.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

What 394 People Are Saying
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T
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The place was popping on a Wednesday night. Great food.

LP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Will probably skip open table and reserve directly. Great food!!!

R
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the food! Service was as would be expected. I prefer the vibe of the Hyde Park location.

s
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. The menu was very different from other Italian restaurants and our server Jennifer was excellent and very helpful helping us with our selections. Additionally, we loved the decor.

a
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was really awesome so is the service

BE
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place!

OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good brunch. The pancakes are amazing and we bring our 4 kids here for them. However, we weren’t told they were out of them until we had already looked at the menu for 10 minutes. Would have been nice to know that when we sat down as there is not much else for a bunch of small children to order. We ended up with the French toast for them. And while it’s not a traditional preparation, they ate it. The blueberry compote is amazing! My husband and I enjoyed the Benedict and the Crocca Signore. I wanted the mushroom quiche but they were out of that too.

F
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

BJ
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing dining experience. Quality ingredients, best Italian food and exceptional wait staff.

A
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious

DJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place. Decor is awesome. And our server Rachel was fantastic!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meaghan was our server for a party of two. She was superb! The food, service and ambiance were great.

T
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
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
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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 on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Too many tables in a tight space.

AP
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food, and service was pretty good. Tables are too close together. Not much privacy

JL
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

MK
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was a delicious meal! Highly recommend.

LH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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
35 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
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
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was amazing