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

Il Forno

4.2
4.2
216 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

10:30 PM


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–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 216 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Great for brunch

216 Reviews
  1. YvonneF

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, food, and ambiance! Will definitely be back!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went for our anniversary! It was great! Atmosphere was wonderful! There was a friendly fellow playing jazz and sing! He was not too loud and performed beautifully! Food was amazing yall!! Fried mozzarella ravioli.... YUMM! I got the Lasagna it was amazing and perfectly spiced! My wife got the Chicken Parm.. Special!! Serves was sooo nice and helpful! Go there and check it out!! Zero complaints here!! Oh yeah check out the bathroom while you're there... I know that's weird to say but... Do it! lol

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and ambience! Highly recommended it !

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We made a reservation at Il Forno based on the fact that it was an Italian restaurant. We arrived at noon for our reservation and they were only serving a brunch menu with very limited options, none of which were Italian. I ordered eggs which were very over cooked, wheat toast, which was nasty Texas toast and there were no healthy side options. It was only potatoes. We were in town for graduation so I don’t know if this restaurant is new to Auburn and just getting started, so I’d like to think it will improve, but based on our experience we will not be returning.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s an amazing place in Auburn, the food and service are spectacular!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and live music was very nice- trumpet playing was low key and chill. Food was fresh, and elevated, good for all ages. It is a small dining room, we had a large party and felt like we took over the entire restaurant but the staff was great and other diners not irritated! 😂

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  7. KellyC

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our sever, Savannah, was excellent! Food was delicious. The best calamari I’ve ever eaten. Do recommend reservations since their venue is pretty small. Will be back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places in Auburn. Chicken Piccata is delicious.

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  9. LindaF

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was wonderful. We brought friends for their Anniversary and truly enjoyed their meal. One of our favorite places in downtown Auburn.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed in the service. Food was overpriced. Won’t go back.

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  11. DianeH

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinary Italian food, great atmosphere, and very friendly staff. Our new favorite restaurant in Auburn!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  14. MelissaK

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a mix up on the reservation but management worked things out. Place was very good. Family feel. GREAT FOOD AND WINE and prices were very reasonable. Thank you Il Forno!

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  16. MichaelM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    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

  17. KimR

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very small and tight, limited menu and service was not attentive. Would have loved another drink and dessert but decided to go somewhere later due to service.

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  18. JuliaR

    Mobile

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. ChristyWadsworth

    New York City

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there for a family Valentines meal. It was fabulous!!!

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  22. greglereneg

    Alabama

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 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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  23. 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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  24. LeslieC

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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

  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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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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 216 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


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
    Tue–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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