About Il Fornaio - Pasadena

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.

24 West Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday, 9:00am - 11:00am. Lunch: Daily, 11:30am - 3:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 3:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday, 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Fair Oaks Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 683-9797

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
Banquet facilities and a Catering menu is available for events in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley area.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available on Colorado Blvd., with validation it is $8.00.

Public Transit:
Metrolink and Gold Line

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly Wine Dinners and Saturday Cooking classes. Please call for upcoming dates

Private Dining

Il Fornaio in Pasadena offers private dining for parties of 8-250. We house 6 private rooms, a large main dining room and a beautiful outdoor Piazza. Come celebrate with excellent service in warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine.

Il Fornaio - Pasadena Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Good for a Date (31)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
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Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Authentic (18)
Business Meals (17)
Casual (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
People Watching (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Romantic (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Seasonal (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Cozy (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Happy Hour (5)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

This is my go to place for great Italian food in Pasadena. The service is always really good. They take reservations on OpenTable which makes it easier when you want to make last-minute reservations. The food is so great. I love so many of the pasta dishes. They have valet service right in front of Sephora of Colorado which makes it easy for parking. There's tons of shops around so you can have a great time. Their wine selection isn't large but they do have quite a few good wines. I definitely will go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Felt very rushed. Portions are getting smaller and prices going up

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

some food was cold but overall meal was fine. I will go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Had requested some stuff and they didn’t do anything if that

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

We came here for Valentine's Day with a gift card generously given to me at work. We have a great experience from the moment we walked in. Very friendly hostesses and a wonderful server who kept our evening going smoothly. It's in a great area so we could walk to some bars afterwards. The Spumoni gelato was awesome. We hope to come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Our service was absolutely stellar. The food was delicious. The whole experience was the perfect night out to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and environment. We were originally seated near the patio door, which brought a draft each time the door opened. The wait staff was kind enough to re-seat us without a hassle. Thanks!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was ok. Flavor not very authentic for its value. Service from waitress was good but waterman wasnt very conscious in saving water as he kept filling the glass without asking.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

We came for a romantic Valentine dinner ( a day early). The food and wine were both delicious and our waitress could not have been better. She was friendly, knew the menu and was attentive to us. The atmosphere was just right for us.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Our waitress Sylvia was attentive and checked on us often even with her having a few tables to serve. She is a native Italian with beautiful accent which made our dining experience even more authentic along with the great food we had (delicious mushroom pasta with black truffle).

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Very good service. Food was very good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

At first I thought the noise would impede conversation, a pet peeve of mine. But it was tolerable. The service was prompt and courteous. We all enjoyed the food offerings.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Never fail me! Been there almost every other month.. The food is excellent and service is great...

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2018

first time at this location, but have been to their las vegas location a number of times.. excellent meal and service. would highly recommend

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Wonderful service. Good menu. Nice wine list.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

waitress was terrible. Unfamiliar with menu and not very friendly. Doubt I will go back again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was good, waitress was very friendly, courteous and attentive. I and friends dined there to celebrate a birthday. Thrcdor salty dessert for the guest of honor was beautiful and decadent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My wife and I went for dinner, enjoyed it! Going back again this week for our anniversary.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We arrived 2 minutes before our reservation and had to wait 23 minutes to be seated at a table that was available since walking in the door and probably about 40 people were seated before use that arrived AFTER we checked in for our reservation. I also requested a high chair in the comments when making the reservation but still had to ask twice and finally a manager brought one. The manager didn’t even really seem to care about our poor service either. One of our party members used to work with their corporate office and still has contacts there. They will most likely be informed.

EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great time good food service was great. It was also quiet.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My boyfriend and I went to II-Fornaio for the first time to try out the dineLA menu. We thought it was reasonably priced for 4 courses. We got to the restaurant at least 10 minutes early, expecting we would maybe have to wait, and we pleasantly surprised to be seated in about 5 minutes. Everything looked fancy and tasted delicious. The service was pretty good. The only part of the meal we had to wait longer was for our desserts and to get our bill. Overall, I would go again for a special occasion or if there was a good deal on some of the items on the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We love eating here l, whether date night or with our kids. Always great!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and not bad service. Ordered the chime. Penne pasta dish and it was light and yummy. it was connected to a bakery so it was a bit confusing to find.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

If you are looking for fairly nice Italian food, DO NOT CHOOSE THIS ONE.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We hadn’t been to Il Fornaio in years so were pleased to find reliably good, fresh food and excellent service on our return. The risotto special was superb, the carpaccio light and bright, the kids’ pasta rich and simple. Desserts were luscious. Glad to be back on the West Coast to revisit one of our preferred dining venues.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was my birthday so it was a special occasion..service a bit slow had to keep asking for our waitress..food was good..

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were in town for the Rose Parade and someone recommend this.
Simply Fantastic. Crappy table but that's my fault for reserving at the last minute.
Fantastic Food, Great wine list, and my wife. On NYE. Thanks Leanne Suter for the recommendation.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Consistently good quality, value, and service. Come here frequently.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Restaurant was in a nice location close to our hotel, the ambience was nice and relaxing, server was friendly and efficient, but we were disappointed with the meal. The food seemed average at best. We expected more for such a nice restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food prices service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was awesome, everybody had a good time. The service was great!!! The food was delicious. Best place to gather up with family & friends.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of the nicest patio dining spaces in Old Pasadena. In the evening the ambiance is excellent. There are heaters if needed, and food and service is always excellent. In the afternoon it's a nice space and the weather is usually beautiful. Try this restaurant, I think you'll like it.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine, especially in late December outside.
Beautiful ambiance, great food and service from Tony and his team.
Thank you

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Highly recommended and looking forward to my next business lunch at ll Fornsio.

It was an perfect choice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Love coming here. The only draw back is it is extremely noisy. Needs a sound dampening environment

Tags: Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I usually enjoy the restaurant. Christmas Eve was hectic and we ended up in the bar area well past our reservation time. Like over an hour past. I ordered the lobster special which was terrible. Overall the atmosphere was fun but it seemed the kitchen was totally overwhelmed.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were going to Christmas Eve services in Pasadena and wanted somewhere to dine beforehand. I hadn't been to Il Fornaio in ages - and I regret that it had been so long. It was a great place for a holiday dinner. The decorations and vibe were just what we wanted for a cozy Christmastime experience. The food was very good and the service was just right. I also ordered a wine flight, and the pours were very generous. All in all it was a really lovely night.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was over cooked, flavorless, and very late in arriving at the table. Very disappointed in the quality of the meal. The waitress apologized for the wait but the food was just not good. I ordered the lasagna. It was dried out, flavorless and very disappointing.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always good food, great service and beautiful atmosphere. We love it there!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food, like usual. A bit pricey, as usual, though it is expected of course... though I must say my date was rather disappointed to discover that you no longer serve marshmallows with your hot chocolate!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Business Meals, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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