Il Fornaio - Pasadena
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traditional meat ragu & grana padano
treviso-style tiramisù with ladyfingers soaked in rum & espresso, layered with mascarpone & topped with a dusting of cocoa powder
Food delicious and service excellent for my birthday celebration!
Il Fornaio never disappoints! We had great cocktails and a very generous appetizer of fried Calamari. Then, a very tasty Cesar salad, delicious Lasagna and excellent service! We went on a Monday night, it was not too noisy at all and they seated people far enough apart to feel safe. We left full and happy!
Great food, service and ambiance.
Great Service, great food. Good restaurant, highly recommended!
Our server was very attentive, friendly and just really nice. She made out get together really enjoyable.
Food was amazing and our server was spectacular. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Excellent food, great service and a wonderful experience. Will definitely be going back!
We have been here for a long time and, like all servers and food. This time, the server Nicholas was exceptionally kind and courteous. Kidos to him.
Great food and great service! It is a pleasure and often a novelty in LA to eat in a restaurant where the waiters know how to do their jobs and provide excellent service.
Everything was very satisfactory, no complain
Amazing food Amazing service
unfortunately salad was not dressed. gnocchi was way overcooked. We didn't complain as it seemed pointless and just wanted to leave.
The server was top shelf!
The food was good.
Perfect as always.
New Year’s Eve dinner
We had a very nice time at Il Fornaio-Pasadena. The service was excellent and the atmosphere bright & busy but not loud, very pleasant. Our only disappointment was that 4 of 5 of us ordered a gnocchi entre & the gnocchi was overcooked - really mushy. Too bad because the bolognese with them was so delicious! Quite pricey as well.
I have been to Il Fornaio several times and was really disappointed for the first time. For starters, the bruschetta didn’t have much flavor and the bread was really tough. I ordered the short ribs and it was not tender nor had much flavor. My friend had the lasagna and said it was good. Our server started out strong and then went MIA. I saw her chatty with another server at one point and a manager did tell them to break it up. I was disappointed overall and don’t know that I’d go back next time I am in town.
Resturant is unwilling to split salads, which are large, even for an extra fee. An extra plate is brought in it’s up to the diner to split their own salad. There’s no reason why this can’t be done in the kitchen. Dining room is large and open and would tend to be noisy under any circumstance. This occasion was New Year’s Eve and the restaurant was crowded.
We all had pasta dishes which were good, but not great. We enjoyed the complimentary bread & olive oil.
Our server was attentive on a busy NYE. We liked the contemporary ambience.
New Years Eve with friends - great time, great food, great service.
Extraordinary. Warm. Comfortable. Great specials on New Year’s Eve. Always elegant.
Always festive during the holiday season. Good menu choices and excellent service at lunch!
Overall, very nice. However, I ordered The lasagna and it will
Cold in the middle, so they must have just warmed it up; disappointing at this price.
The food was good and the service was polite but not attentive. It took us 2 hours to dine because the waiter took a lot of time between communications. It’s possible that they were low on staff.
The Bolognese is amazing but I’ve never had anything else here that I’d order again. It’s loud but expected at an Italian restaurant. It was busy so it could be why the service was slow, the wrong entree was brought out, and the soup was cold. But when brought to the attention of the manager he quickly corrected the errors, removed the cold soup from the bill and sent over a glass of wine. I will go back for the tagliatelle bolognese. It’s excellent.
Very efficient service
Delightful restaurant. Food was yummy, service was very good. The hostess was helpful, friendly and kind. Great place to ring in Christmas.
Fantastic. Better than ever. Everything was perfect.
Top Service from longtime server friend.Excellent Bread, Entree and Dessert
Excellent food and service !
Definitely coming back
Lovely evening on their beautiful patio for a birthday (which was not recognized nor mentioned, so adding that note on the OT res is pointless). We were able to be spaced out and all arriving guests and staff were masked. The inside restaurant was packed.,, glad we reserved a spot on the patio. We ended up compromising on our wine selection due to very limited offerings by the glass making a bottle the only acceptable option—- just an FYI. We will return!
Latte was really horrible in flavor and texture. Strangely served in a beer mug. Food was subpar.
I’m new plant based eater but knew eating at Il Fornaio, being a fav restaurant of my niece, I would need to be flexible. I found four items and ordered three. Enjoyed them all. My niece and I had a wonderful experience.
We had a reservation and were promptly seated. Our table was in the patio, the heaters were on, it felt welcoming. Without delay the hostess brought the bread basket and the waiter brought the drinks. We had pasta -one was gluten free, lasagna and pizza. The quality of both food and drinks was excellent. The server was attentive. It was overall an enjoyable evening.
My only suggestion would be to increase the distance among tables.
We sat on the patio and it was lovely and quiet. Inside is noisier, I know from experience. Great food.
Mediocre food with a high price. Great service and atmosphere, if that’s what you’re willing to pay for.
Had not been here in awhile, and had an excellent evening. Great waitress and busboys!
Very festive and great food❤️
Always reliable Italian food served in a good location in old town Pasadena
Initial seating was great, food was wonderful as usual, waiter hard to find, never came back to check if meal was ok, used plates were left between courses in stead of removed while waiting, server argumentative about luke-warm coffee with dessert. We'll return because this service was an anomaly
Il Fornaio - Pasadena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 683-9797.
Il Fornaio - Pasadena is rated 4.5 stars by 2673 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.