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IL FORNO main dining room - Il Forno, Aurburn, AL

Il Forno

4.2
4.2
202 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Escape to Italy without leaving Auburn! IL FORNO ("The Oven") offers a taste of authentic Italian cuisine using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Savor the flavors of Italy in our cozy, casual atmosphere located in the heart of downtown - just steps from Auburn University.

Indulge in classic pasta dishes like rich carbonara or specialty 13-layer lasagna. Try an exceptional entree featuring succulent beef, pork, seafood or chicken. Vegetarian and gluten-free options help accommodate all tastes.

Dessert? Absolutely. Have an affogato ("drowned") coffee with homemade ice cream and pour-over freshly ground (and brewed) espresso.

At IL FORNO, we bring people together over great food with good company. Join us to experience the warmth of an Italian family gathering as our staff provides exceptional service to make your visit memorable and delicious anytime.

Call to say hello, or make your reservation here, to visit the family at IL FORNO.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (334) 209-1419
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We can Cater - Please call for details 334-209-6420 ask for Linda
  • Private party facilities
    We Can Host Special Events- Please Give us a call 334-209-6420 Ask for Linda
  • Neighborhood
    Auburn
  • Cross street
    Between Tichenor Ave and E Magnolia
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 202 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Kid-friendly

  • Alabama

    Good for groups

202 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and great drinks. Small building so it’s not the greatest in space but their service has you look over that flaw.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The people were lovely and attentive. The food was fresh but just mediocre in taste. Generous Portions but meat was tough both the chicken and the pork special.

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  3. MelissaK

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner out. We ordered 4 different menu items and all were great. Small restaurant but great Italian food options.

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  4. MichaelM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    This is a standby favorite. Pros: great menu, love the food, servers are very friendly and attentive. Cons: the room is really tight and not easy to maneuver for diners or servers, and the restroom is not very accessible.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. JuliaR

    Mobile

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I’m glad I came! We enjoyed the fried ravioli, Brussel sprouts, chicken piccata, and spinach lasagna. We also got the donuts for dessert. All of it was delicious and a good amount of food for the price. The Brussel sprouts are very rich - I warn. Service was good and relatively fast. Nice live music. The ambiance was the only thing lacking. There are exposed insulation pipes on the ceiling and the lighting is rather harsh. I definitely plan to be back! Especially for their Thursday date night

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  6. JonasB

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We really enjoyed the food and service. The ambiance was ok, but the large bright light in the middle of the dining area really took away from the overall feel. Also, the beer list on the menu was completely wrong. That all said, we will definitely be back as the food, service, and value were great.

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  7. HenryH

    Alabama

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was great, but the portions were small and expensive for what they were. Was very nice on the inside and the environment was quiet. The food took a while and hardly any food came out so almost every table was waiting.

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  8. greglereneg

    Alabama

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good valentines dinner date. Very friendly staff.

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  9. LovetogolfAU

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fantastic! The service was only adequate. My server couldn't even tell me the name of the IPA they had on draft. After going and asking, she just said it was a hazy IPA. The server was also slow for a small restaurant that wasn't full. However, when she finally took our order, the food did come in a reasonable time.

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  10. LeslieC

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful Sunday Brunch with small group of people! Lemon berry waffle/croissant mash-up was unbelievably delicious. Can't wait to go back in the evening so we can try the traditional dishes and dessert.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. TravelingFam

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was shockingly sub par. The restaurant was very clean, the staff was attentive and very nice. Two dinners, two sides of veggies, and an appetizer were $80. The amount of salt in the food overtook the flavor. The sides of veggies were 4 paper thin sliced 5 inch long strips of zucchini. They were nothing but oil sogged overly seasoned floppy tasteless strips for $7 per plate. Disappointment doesn’t even begin to explain how bad they were. The dinners were run of mill Americanized Italian food, not worth the price in any way. The ravioli spinach with goat cheese was 4 ravioli total. We expected high quality food based on the prices, and were looking forward very high end flavorful food. What we experienced was a shocking amount of salt in each and every dish and food that was not worth the price.
    Il FornoResponded on February 11, 2024
    Thanks for your feedback! We let our chef team know, as this doesn't match our usual feedback, so we can help sort out what happened here and how to improve. As far as affordability, come back for our Thursday date night special anytime - it's $50 for one appetizer, two entrees, dessert, and a bottle of house wine!

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  12. CriticalDiner

    Alabama

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The sauces over the Lemonberry Strudel Waffle were excellent but the waffle itself was tough, even with a knife, and lacked flavor. The Italian Eggs Benedict was delicious...except it was missing the key part, egg. This turned out to be a load of sausage and sun dried tomatoes over a piece of bread but this overpowered the egg so much you couldn't even taste it was there except a tragic hint of hollandaise sauce. Overall, this place has good potential but they are missing a few key details which makes the food miss the mark. Plus they charge a hidden kitchen fee that the staff couldn't even explain all while literally running out of coffee at brunch (and it wasn't exactly busy)

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  13. Beth

    El Paso

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food options and the Italian Wedding soup is fantastic!

    1 person found this helpful

  14. SLLS

    Alabama

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very good time at IL Forno. Food, service were both great!

    1 person found this helpful

  15. Susan

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed brunch. We especially liked the loaded potato and the pancakes.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. Leigh

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good price, good drinks, good service! Easy to park in downtown Auburn. Nice to walk around town before or after dinner. Such a great town.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. EmilyM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was really good and a perfect date night spot. Definitely going back.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. Kayla

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Chicken Parmesan and Alfredo I have ever had! Definitely will be back!

    1 person found this helpful

  19. StevenL

    Alabama

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good location. I saw another post that it was cold inside, but we didn't get that.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. lesliem

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant is very small so the tables are very close together. The noise level is very high, makes it hard to converse. The food is good, but small portions. Very cold in the dining area.

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  21. DawnA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We've dined here before and both times the food is outstanding. However the restaurant has been cold. Both times we were so cold we didn't take our jackets off! Parking was good. We did have a reservation, however it's not required. If you don't have eating with your jacket on, the food is great!

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  22. RhondaL

    Atlanta Metro

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent service. Very reasonable priced. Must see their speakeasy in the back !

    1 person found this helpful

  23. kateS

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate here for Christmas Eve and really enjoyed our meal. We had great service as well.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I downloaded this app specifically to share my thoughts on this restaurant. Beginning with the fried ravioli and calamari, I was thoroughly impressed by the rich and abundant flavors. The wine selection was top-tier, complemented by the excellent service provided by our waitress, Sam. Opting for the Chicken Piccata as my main course, I was treated to a dish that surpassed all expectations. The chicken was impeccably cooked and seasoned, and the sauce boasted an incredible depth of flavor. I highly recommend Il Forno!

    1 person found this helpful

  25. LadeneM

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    10 people at our table, we had 4 different appetizers and 8 different entrees. Everyone left extremely satisfied and with a full stomach! While waiting for our entrees they continuously replenished their homemade bread and garlic spread. Moderately priced also. After dinner you can enjoy experiencing the Speakeasy located in the back of the restaurant. Highly recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  26. AmandaW

    Alabama

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This was some of the worst service I have had in a long time. Having to ask for every single item, continue to ask for things we ordered that were not brought, being told they had items they did not have or were out of, hot drinks, etc The food was okay but not for what the meal cost

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  27. DianeH

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was a little bit of a wait, but the server (who was filling in), brought us our beverages, so all was well! Everyone was very friendly & accommodating, and we loved the ambiance.The food was so very good!! The only recommendation would be to inform all employees who take calls of,the exact details of the specials. I was told the Wednesday specials ran all night ( I called to be certain of that), but they were only available until 6 PM. The staff readily agreed to allow the specials for us, but I would have rather not had that issue.Overall, our party of 8 had a great meal & a great time!

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We ordered drinks, which didn’t come out until we asked for them…Twice. By then, we had almost finished our entrees. One server talked to us the entire time, which left no time for us to enjoy a conversation amongst ourselves. (The whole point of a date night.) They also were over attentive in a weird way, like pushing us through the meal even though there were a bunch of empty tables. Just an awkward experience overall. Also, the bolognese is great! Don’t order the piccata; chicken was dry and the sauce was not tasty.

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  29. KatelynS

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was INCREDIBLE! The atmosphere was so nice for a morning brunch! I would highly recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  30. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Horrendous service and food is below average at best.

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  31. Garrison09

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was average. Truly authentic delicious Italian food should be simple..:there were too many ingredients in the gravy and it was overdone. Keep Italian food simple. The service by our waitress was absolutely fantastic!

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  32. John

    Dallas

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food had way too much salt. I love salt but OMG it was overwhelming.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good pastas. Salty soups. Zucchini side is pathetically small, just a few (5-6?) peeled strips of lukewarm zucchini.

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  34. ADBurke

    Alabama

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good effort, most convenient location but we felt the food was good not great.

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  35. JackY

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great jazz vibe, great wine, great people. I'll be coming back here again for sure.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. Cinderella

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant was open on Monday, as it was difficult to find a restaurant in downtown that day. So, thanks for being open. Easy to make a reservation. However, can only book up to 7 persons online so I had to book two tables and then call the restaurant to combine our tables. Every one of the staff was helpful both on the phone and in person.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Short wait time and quick service. Food was really good for brunch food and affordable pricing.
    Il FornoResponded on November 13, 2023
    Thank you for your kind words! We hope you will be back soon!

    1 person found this helpful

  38. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Chicken parm was good, the chicken piccata my girlfriend got though didn’t have the wine cooked out quite enough, tasted so strongly of wine we were convinced she’d get tipsy
    Il FornoResponded on November 13, 2023
    Hi there! We are glad you liked our Chicken Parm but are sorry that you felt your chicken piccata was not cooked enough. We hope you will give us another chance in the future!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lot of effort has been switched into flipping this restaurant. The food 10/10, service has greatly improved and the ambiance is everything you can ask for. I have been to this restaurant close to 5 times since it’s reopened and changed ownership! One of my new favorites in auburn!
    Il FornoResponded on November 13, 2023
    Hi there! We are so glad you love our food and the changes we have made! We hope to see you again soon!

    1 person found this helpful

  40. Kayla

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had my 25th birthday party here with 28 people and we all had a blast! Food was incredible, literally the best Italian we’ve ever had! The atmosphere was very peaceful and elegant. The waiter was very friendly and attentive. Olive Garden use to be my favorite Italian restaurant, but now, it’s Il Forno! Once you have eaten there, you won’t want to eat anywhere else! Pricing is very reasonable.
    Il FornoResponded on November 13, 2023
    Hi Kayla! We are so happy we were able to celebrate your birthday with you! Thank you for your kind words; we hope to see you again soon!

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

Il Forno offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (334) 209-1419.

Il Forno is rated 4.2 stars by 202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Il Forno

154 N College St, Aurburn, AL 36830

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Tichenor Ave and E Magnolia
  • Neighborhood
    Auburn
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (334) 209-1419
  • Catering
    We can Cater - Please call for details 334-209-6420 ask for Linda
  • Private party facilities
    We Can Host Special Events- Please Give us a call 334-209-6420 Ask for Linda
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