I went for my birthday and Mother Days with my daughter and the food was wonderful! Love the wine list as well! The only downside was the manager and I was very disappointed. Daughter left her small back pack and when we called he didn't have time to look for it. He said "it's not here" with in seconds so clearly he didn't look. She could not get in the house or drive her car without the keys so we called back. The person that answered was very nice and went to look and it was there. She was great but the manager made me so mad that this was not important enough to take two minutes to look. This is not a large place and we sat by the fountain. How hard is it to look? As much as I like the food they don't deserve my business anymore because of his lack of judgement.
The pasta and bread were really good! Wasn't a big fan of the calamari though, it seemed to be frozen. If they ditch the kitschy decor the place would feel more upscale and be a better match to the quality of food they offer.
Nice place went for graduation celebration nice ambiance good service
We had reservations after CU graduation. They seated us promptly and were very friendly. The waitress was very accommodating to our elderly parents.
Waiter really fast just not the friendliest
Went for a pre- graduation dinner with the extended family. Shared several happy hour appetizer plates, pizzas and entrees. Food was great. The bone marrow appetizer was excellent! As well as the calamari.
Food was good and atmosphere is fun but very noisy. Service was spotty and a bit rushed.
I'm Italian so I am suuuper picky...but this dinner exceeded my expectations. Large variety of traditional dishes as well as more creative ones. AMAZING!
Traditional Italian food with large selection. This visit wasn't as memorable as past visits. Ordered the Linguini Scampi and found it to be a bit bland. Still, a good Pearl Street option, and would not hesitate to visit again, but I'll go back to the Penne Arrabbiata. Nice wine selection.
Great little restaurant. Fabulous selection. Staff is extremely helpful. Would go again.
Really decent food with good wine and an amazing selection of Italian appertif drinks. Go back to the bar to get the full tour and find the one you like with the awesome bartender.
Great service and food. Highly recommend the place
Our reservation experience through Open Table was awesome but that was after arriving at the restaurant, being told it would be 15 minutes and waiting close to 40. I went on Open Table and we were seated at a table that had been empty the whole time in about 3 minutes.
Disappointed, was hoping for more!
1st time here. 5:30pm dinner reservation Sat. & despite many other areas open, was seated towards back, right by pizza making area, which meant servers were right behind us regularly & the Italian manager stood to my right for majority of our meal, which I found unnecessary & distracting. I realize he was surveying the room but seemed unaware he was hovering right us. Fyi, many tables jammed together quite close, leaving little privacy when others seated next to you.
Other than that, ambiance itself is quite pleasant - cozy, charming & rustic.
The food was a let down tho, other than tasty bruschetta appetizer goat cheese, avocado, red onion & sweet red chili sauce, very good tho heavy on raw red onion.
My cocktail - pomegranate martini too acidic, despite sugar rim, it was just too tart.
Tried side of carrots with pistachios & red wine balsamic reduction & could not taste the red wine balsamic, they tasted very bland & were too hard & crunchy, did not care for them at all.
My husband ordered gnocchi with four cheese sauce & somehow that tasted on the bland side too, he said he should have tried the butter sage sauce instead in retrospect.
I ordered Rotol di Pasta which is supposed to be ricotta & spinach rolled in pasta sheets, which I got with tomato sauce as suggested by waiter, did not like the dish at all. Could not detect any ricotta cheese or any other cheese inside or out, which resulted in it tasting like a big roll of wet spinach inside. Didn’t taste garlic or seasoning, just wet spinach basically. Needs cheese!
The dish is served with a side of sautéed spinach, same thing in the pasta! Substantial more ricotta cheese would improve this dish, and any side other than MORE spinach would be hugely welcome. Side of zucchini or squash?
while we would try this place again, we would not do so anytime soon, just did not impress us for the amount we spent there & we left disappointed.
Great authentic Italian food. The service was excellent!
Went to Sforno Trattoria before a show at the Boulder Theater. Everything was delicious and service was excellent! Location was a plus as we walked to the theater in just a few minutes. The only thing that wasn't ideal was that the table we were seated at was about two inches away from another table, and we felt like we are intruding on their conversation.
Highly recommend this restaurant.
Took a colleague to Sforno Trattoria for dinner during a recent business trip. There are many options for great food in Boulder. But we took a long, chilly walk to Sforno Trattoria, in the middle of the Pearl Street pedestrian mall, for some pizza and pasta. I'm on a nationwide hunt for the best spaghetti carbonara. While the option here didn't make it to the top of the list, it was VERY good. Most importantly, the recipe was traditional and the past was served piping hot (almost too hot to eat). Perfect! Probably the biggest treat was the environment, far from the super sleek and stylish restaurants that seem to be the trend in Boulder, Sforno Trattoria was like stepping into the back streets of Rome. Highly, but effectively designed to emulate an Italian, outdoor neighborhood cafe--complete with bubbling fountain--the restaurant is filled with arhitectural details and old-world antiques (including many rugged wooden chairs with low front rails that will kill your Achilles's heel--so watch out!). My colleague had an authentic, wood-fired, Italian-style pizza he found completely satisfying. We dined a bit late, mid week, with chilly weather so the restaurant was lightly populated. Service was friendly but not particularly attentive. Everything (including the staff) screamed "Italy". It was a fun, warm spot for a casual dinner. A pit pricey, I thought, but probably typical for Boulder.
Fabulous find. This business space has been reinvented a few times but Sforno is a perfect fit for the neighborhood. We went for happy hour and three of us had drinks an appetizer and two pizzas for under forty dollars. Everything was fresh and our server was attentive without being intrusive. Yes, we will be back!
The food was pretty good, a few pastas were quite good. Other than that, they were understaffed, the ambiance was fine and the prices were also fine. Overall, better than mediocre, but not great.
Ambiance was nice, food was decent, but the tables are pretty tight. There is a large variety on the menu so those that don't want to 'carb out' at an italian restaurant can choose good chicken, fish, and steak options.
Great happy hour meal. Good service and fresh food
Excellent. The food was delicious food and the service was wonderful.
Everyone there thought it was the best pizza they had ever happier, and being that we were all from Chicago that is saying a hell of a lot We had a variety of things from the rigatoni, the Buffalo brisket, duck, salmon, and chicken Parmesan, everybody liked their food.
Real Italian. The best Italian in Boulder. Sorry Carelli's.
We have been to Sforno at least a dozen times and most of our visits have been fine, even very good. This time, we were shoved into a table that was inches away from the next table and the waiter could barely get to us to take our order although he did his best. The worst thing was the noise. It was horrendously loud. We will go back but never on a Saturday night again.
That was great thanks!
It took 10 minutes before someone greeted us when we arrived for our reservation. We were informed that there was no hostess on duty. Service was somewhat slow but friendly.
We each ordered different entrees and enjoyed them. Generous portions. We were offered complementary birthday tiramisu, but declined, since we had cake awaiting us at home.
Have been dining here for years. Seems to be under new management. That’s great news because it was going downhill fast about 6 months ago...
The namesake dish, pasta Sforno was lousy - eggplant was undercooked. The carpaccio was a very small portion. It was a very disappointing meal, but the atmosphere is quite nice.
My daughter’s favorite restaurant! We go every time I am visiting.
After our experience, I honestly believe they have paid for their yelp reviews. The restaurant was dirty (toilet brush left out, broken window, weird smell), the service was horrible (waited 10 minutes for drinks...to order and another 10 to receive), the bread wasn’t ready until our desserts were served...a disaster. Would not go back.
We made reservations for Valentines Day and were only told upon arrival that it was a pre-fixe menu for $49/person; not the regular menu you see on the web page. Obviously we were stuck without another option by then and disappointed to see few Italian dish options . When your meal costs over $100 I would expect at least some silverware that wasn't from a cheap diner. We also had to return one meal because they apparently don't know that a lobster tail that is mushy, is either way over-cooked or well beyond it's shelf life.
My husband and I had our Valentine's Day Eve dinner at Sforno in Boulder and it was a wonderful dining experience. We were seated immediately and the service was attentive and not over the top, which we appreciated. The ambience was reminiscent of our time in Rome in the fall of 2016 and the food and wine were delicious! We recommend it for date night or even a get together with friends.
The waitress was very knowledgable about the wine list and helped us pick out a wine that was a good pairing for the food ordered. The food is good but not outstanding and on a Thursday night it was not crowded.
Our food was excellent and the waiter was outstanding!
Excellent menu plus daily specials... in latter case, scallops with linguine was perfect. Good wine list too... Lambrusco was fine with seafood.
Once married to an Italian whose mother would cook Italian feasts, I'm critical of restaurant food. But no more! SfornoTrattoria was amazing. Authentic Italian food. It will be my go-to restaurant when I'm craving Italian. And the bread - the best!
We had an event to go to and decided to have dinner prior to the event. The reviews on Sforno Trattoria were mixed, and the overriding complaint was the service. We arrived for our reservation and stood there for almost 10 minutes, and NO ONE greeted us. We could see the cooks in the back (one was eating off a plate), and the others were horsing around. One of the cooks noticed us and turned and said something to the others, and we thought we would be attended to, but we weren't. It gave us such a bad impression (and considering what we'd read previously), we decided to leave. Our time was limited, and if this was how the service would have been, we might miss our event. I don't anticipate going back. From our initial observation, the service is every bit as bad as mentioned on other websites. It looks charming, but no thanks.
We ended up at Oak at Fourteenth, and it was amazing- food, service, ambiance- everything. I recommend going there if you are interested in a wonderful dining experience in Boulder.
We went for my son’s birthday who’s favorite cuisine is Italian. Everything was delicious, it had nice plate presentation, and good service. I will be back.
The service was poor. We were seated (all too close to another table for 2) by the waiter/host. We sat next to another couple of young ladies who were in conversation when we arrived. We sat for quite a while before the waiter/host came by (in a rush) to take our order. He bent over with his pad and noticed other patrons who had just walked into the restaurant. He immediately left our table to seat them and dismissed us. Then another group of people came in, and he seated them. Then a 3rd party came in and he seated them as well. All this time I was watching him from our table and wondering whether he would ever come back to take our order. He finally did come back for our order (once again in a rush), but he gave me a confusing reply when I asked to substitute spaghetti for potatoes (on a Chicken Marsala entrée). He started to say they would charge me $2 for the substitution and then changed his mind. I really didn't care, but he made a big deal about it (and repeated that when he finally brought our food to the table a while later although he didn't charge the $2 fee). We were very disappointed in the seating arrangement, since I had requested a romantic table for 2 (we were celebrating our 13th anniversary and I noted that on our Open Table reservation). He never mentioned our anniversary and seated us in the middle of a noisy main room. The room in front (facing the Pearl Street Mall) was quieter, but we didn't get the opportunity to find that out. The food was okay--nothing spectacular. I didn't care for their version of "marinara" sauce. It was closer to a creamy tomato-based sauce, but thinned down. My wife had Tenderloin w/Risoto; however, it had too much wine flavor and very little lemon flavoring. We drove an hour from Parker to try out this restaurant, and we were disappointed. I love Italian restaurants, but this one didn't make the cut.