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About Il Forno
The “food, owners and servers are all so very Italian” at this “neighborhood favorite” next to Santa Monica Airport (and its branch on Colorado Avenue) where locals go for “delicious, unpretentious”, “reasonably priced” fare and “friendly”, “attentive” service in a “low-key” setting that’s “perfect” when “you want a tablecloth but don’t want to get dressed up.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Moonday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:30 - 10:30pm Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday - 5:30pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Friday - Saturday - 5:30pm - 10:30pm Dinner: Sunday - 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Between 29th and 30th
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Full catering service available, office catering, at home cooking, to go pick up.
Parking available behind the restaurant and under the restaurant at no charge
Santa Monica Blue Buss #8 at 28th street and walk back one block.
Private Party Facilities:
Il Forno has everything you need to create the perfect party, office meeting, family or social event. Whether at your location (office, home, etc.) or ours, we can plan and deliver a custom menu for your guests. We can accommodate any event including Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, and Office parties. For your special event, Il Forno offers two Private dining areas. For more information on our catering services please call or email us.
Private Party Contact:
Sorin Costache: (310) 450-1241
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Il Forno Ratings and Reviews
We ate at Il Forno for the first time tonight. We wanted a nice but not too stuffy nice restaurant for my husband and I to take our daughter out for dinner after her ballet recital. The positive reviews and location convinced me to reserve at Il Forno. We were so happy we did. Being seated at a great corner table made us feel special and out of the way from all the hustle and bustle of the waiters. They work their tails off serving the customers. We had a great experience from the start with a cordial manager, to an efficient and informative waiter, to our back waiter always anticipating our needs. My daughter had a bouquet of roses and our waiter took the initiative to bring us a tall glass to serve as a vase. We so appreciated that. The food was excellent too. The brochette starter was wonderful garliciness! King salmon was perfectly cooked and a very large portion with roasted vegetables. The chicken was beautifully prepared with a delicious Marsala sauce topped with shiitake mushrooms. The daily pasta special with crab was good (the pasta especially so), but I would try something else next time. The flavor reminded me of my mother's tuna noodle casserole. But still I ate the whole bowl. Off we went without dessert or drinks. Need to try those next time. I think we've found a new neighborhood favorite!
Second time I've been here and the reception was cold, at best. The First time I came here was the charm. The hot, warm bread and dipping sauce tastes better than the actually entrees in my opinion. I came for a special occasion, and they delivered on making the end of our meal special.
Had not been to Il Forno is about a year. Just been trying other places, but then remembered this gem that is in the neighborhood. Food was excellent and service was very good. Place was very busy with a party in one of the main rooms. Owner is a very gracious and nice man.
Looking forward to going back again soon.
We have been coming to Il Forno for many years. The waitstaff is authentic - "from the boot" and many of the customers are repeaters from the neighborhood. We know the people, the staff and many of the other customers. It's right in the middle of our comfort zone and we'll continue to return
I loved this restaurant. However for a date it doesn't work out unless you're outside.
It's more quiet outside for having private conversation. Over all this is an amazing restaurant and my waiter was very educated on the menu and drinks. He even new of entertainment close by I could take my date. I would definitely come back to this amazing restaurant.
Great local spot, been there for long time. A bit noisy though, probably best outside if desirous of having a group conversation. Being a wine guy, and the folks I was with, the corkage is reasonable at $20, but the 2 bottle limit seems very restrictive. We ended up buying off the list. Some of the prices were reasonable. Especially the whites by the glass. Get the Arneis, wonderful. But, they decanted both our bottles, as requested and the service was fantastic.
We were a party of 7, 5 adults, 2 children. Sitting outside on the patio is really wonderful.
They have heaters but we didn't need them. Food is truly wonderful and so is the
service. They also have booths outside that are really cozy and romantic. Ice cream deserts were especially popular with the kids - 5 & 8. A great Saturday evening. +++++
Another great meal at Il Forno. This time a friend was going to be in town, and she's kind of a fussy eater, but I knew she'd find something she loved at Il Forno, and that they're utterly gracious about substitutions. So a group of us went, and I was right on all counts. I love their pastas, but I decided on the Risotto Nero this time, and it was delicious. My friend had her seafood pasta with substitutions, and was blissfully happy. We wound up staying long after we finished (no one was waiting for tables, so we were cool there) and they weren't at all annoyed with that, they just left us to sit and talk and talk and talk. A gem!
This occasion was a wine dinner with sommelier Diane DeLuca introducing the wines and Chef Domenico Salvatore doing the cooking. Good pairings, nice crowd, very good value.
I love this place! They always welcome everyone like family, and the owner, chef and much of the staff have been there since it opened. The service is attentive but not overbearing. It is a wonderful choice for a cozy weeknight dinner of familiar food, but also a great spot for group celebrations with their seasonal menu.
We absolutely loved the evening at Il Forno. This is our second time there as it is between Ventura for our son and Huntington Beach where we live. The customer service was the BEST! We didn't even order wine and weren't made to feel cheap or unimportant. The two young men, Christopher and Jonathan were especially appreciated by our family. Our son's name is Jonathan, whose birthday we celebrated. My niece who was with us loved them as her son's name is Christopher. We will definitely be back. Josh, the owner was very gracious, as well. The food was terrific!!!
Absolutely fabulous...i've been going to this restaurant for over 20 years and i have never been disappointed. The staff are always pleasant and welcoming and the chefs are excellent.
I recommend this place to anyone looking for authentic italian food and a superior service.
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