Il Fornaio - Pasadena

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$30 and under
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Italian
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers.
Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Kick off 2020 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2254 People Are Saying
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G
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very satisfactory

P
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ll Fornaio is always our go-to restaurant. Everything is always consistently good.

KA
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Not the same anymore

p
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. We went for birthdays and were well taken care of. Great location in downtown Pasadena.

DB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for date nite. Sit outside (weather permitting) and enjoy the delicious meals!

G
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was very satisfactory, no complain

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I normally love it at Il Fornaio but the food was horrible!
We had Veal Scaloppini that was tough and the vegetables were raw and tough to eat. The green beans had not been the sharp ends left on.prepared.
When we mentioned it to our waiter, he offered us some spinach.

CB
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

It was apparently an "off" night on Monday when we had dinner at Il Fornaio. We have eaten at the restaurant many times and never had food this poorly prepared.

I ordered a special, penne pasta with meatballs. It was seemingly put under the broiler to "finish" it off and boy, did they finish it off. The pasta was burned, tough and crispy. The meatballs were hard and dry. We had a guest with us or else I would have sent my meal back.

My husband and our guest both ordered the special seafood risotto. The risotto was not what one would expect; it was not smooth and creamy but rather somewhat dry and chewy. And, there was hardly any seafood included.

Very disappointing! We will wait awhile before returning.

FL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I made reservation online same day morning. Upon arrival my table not setup yet and took them some time to set. The outdoor seating is too loud with the band.
The indoor seating is right out of the kitchen on the hall way, where I don't think they shall put a table for staff safety and for customer quality assurance. Overall the service is most important and I don't think they do a good job.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was clean and staff was friendly. Food was hot and fresh. The patio was awesome to sit outside in evening.

JP
Panama
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not great, not bad- but consistent and not expensive.

S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. We love Roland the bartender. The waitstaff all attentive

G
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it, everything is very satisfactory and the service is outstanding

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

Great service and flavorful food! Perfect to get acquainted and conduct a lil business!

S
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant offers consistent quality regardless of the location you visit. Service is excellent whether its at the bar or at your table. The seafood is always fresh as is the pasta. Service is delivered in a comfortable dining atmosphere with the time to enjoy every course.

RC
Palm Springs
213 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Il Fornaio is wonderful. We had perfect weather so we sat outside on the patio. Nancy took EXCELLENT care of us! She is a fantastic server! We ordered the tagliatelle bolognese and the beet salad. Both were wonderful! We love this restaurant!!!

FS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Forniao always delivers for us. Every one in our party loved their meal, the service was excellent and the ambiance is relaxed yet classy.

JH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we visit Pasadena, we always schedule at least one meal here. The food is excellent and the service superb. The indoor and outdoor seating van't be beat. I wish we had an Il Fornaio in Portland.

G
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service sucked. Had to ask to get water glass filled and to get more olive oil. I ordered a glass of wine and never received it. Tables on both sides of me got much better service. I expect more from a white napkin establishment.

T
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster dish was yummy. Hope to see it on the menu again soon.

PA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were quickly seated and our server quickly took our drink order. We ordered from the regional menu and both had delicious entrees. The wine we ordered was out of stock, but the replacement bottle was quite acceptable. We opted for a regular menu dessert and were not disappointed. It was a lovely evening in Old Town Pasadena.

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They honored my request of seating at a quiet place away from the open kitchen. Thx.

JH
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We are celebrating of my milestone. The foods was in good presentations and taste delicious. We ordered Cristina pizza, calamaretti fritti, linguine mare chiaro, piatto emeralds. Very tasty food and then we will go by there soon.

OT
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I wish someone from the restaurant would have told me by email or phone that it was BAND NIGHT in the plaza by the restaurant!!!!!!!

KR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Entees took over 45 minutes
one meal, lasagne arrived completely burned on top
billed for wrong table no way to provide written receipt that charge was cancelled so went on blind faith that we didn't get charged for two tables.
Long time faithful clients shocked at the mishaps

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and real Italian food! Very good service!

AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best bartender ever! Super friendly service & great food.

G
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic, food and ambience, everything was very satisfactory

C
Los Angeles
349 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to stop after Sunday’s church service or
Before the IPiC movie theater next door.
Food is excellent and service always the best

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

It was my daughter’s graduation and emphasize on my reservation but nothing special was done. So frustrated

GY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We chose Il Fornaio for a girls' night out.

It started out poorly. Our server brought the balsamic out and accidentally splashed it on the table, my arm and hand, and my sweater. He apologized and covered the the mess. I was left with a sticky hand and arm and dirty sweater (luckily, it was black). Our overall service was slow, as we had to flag a server down, but our food was very good.

Then we ordered dessert. When the coffee came, the server dripped coffee all over the table and didn't even notice.

I don't think we will be back.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The place is fantastic. Our waiter Andrew was extremely helpful and cordial. Definitely a place I would go back to.

B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diner and I will definitely be back. Service was phenomenal. Rosario was attentive and funny. Food was fresh and cooked perfectly. We had the seafood mixed grill and a mixed grill special. Can’t wait to try the rest of the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were great! They made my pre birthday dinner just that much more special!

A
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location for a weekend stroll around Old Town Pasadena. Ambiance was nice. Casual environment, friendly staff and delicious food. Thank you!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

When weather permits, the patio is lovely.

m
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we did not request it, our party of 9 was given a private room with an assigned waiter. The waiter (do not know name but was from Greece) was outstanding. Very pleasant, efficient and attentive.

It all made for a wonderful evening.

BH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful meal and everyone was great.

G
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best pizza in Southern California, and there services is fantastic,,

EW
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Less than what we’ve come to expect. The lettuce in the salad had browned edges. The cocktails from the bar came in what looked like small, juice glasses-not very appealing. However, the service was very good and the ambiance very pleasant.

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