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Business Description
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.
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TollFree: (888) 482-5426

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all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
West Los Angeles, Downtown Santa Monica
Categories
Italian Restaurants, Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Bakeries, Caterers
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Cuisines: Caterers, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Bakeries, Continental

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04/13/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
bad pasta...dirty restaurant

this place needs a facelift... the staff does too. no energy...the pasta was soggy and the bread stale. the place was not very clean

03/15/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
just basic

this was a basically good meal with basically good service with basically good dessert. basic is all that it offers. the waiters seemed a bit tired of working there and the bartender was wierd

03/14/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
mediocre and boring

they have been around a long time they need to do better. they have alot of money to work with and this place is sooo tired! clean it up and get motivated

06/15/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Wonderful Mushroom Ravioli!

The food is good, everything on the menu is excellent. This isn't a fancy joint by any stretch but they have great food, great wine and excellent service. Cool ambiance at night, outdoor seating available. If you're looking for a casual and reasonably priced italian restaurant with awesome food, this is the spot.

02/12/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Recommend: at Pasadena or El segundo

i strongly recommend the Il Fornaio at Pasadena or El segundo. this particular one at santa monica wasn't that great. maybe b/c it was the time i went..we went during a weekday at the santa monica location, it wasn't good. the food was cold, service wasnt great.

Pasadena -- moden design, good service, food and desert.
El segundo -- i usually go during the lunch hour (close to where i work) great lunch!

TRY this DESERT! and u will L-O-V-E it!
Zabaione alla Gritti 6.95
Chilled zabaione with fresh berries, Bellini sorbet, fresh whipped cream and amarena cherry

enjoy!

07/31/2005

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Visit Il Fornaio - It's Rome In Santa Monica!

'Il Fornaio della Spiaggia' is a must visit. Don't let the fact that it's a 'chain' fool you. This restaurant would stands among the top of it's class. The cuisine is drawn from many parts of Italy (not just the North).

The monthly regional menus introduce foods from each of Italy's varied regions thus providing access to flavors not found in ANY restaurant. We are truly spoiled with these restaurants in our midst.

Everything about this restaurant, from the architecture, materials (marble), lighting are authentically right off the streets of Rome, Naples or Florence. The wait staff is incredibly well trained, their uniforms are classic 'cameriere' and the assitants are incredible!

No detail left unmonitored or unchecked. Watch the native Italian supervising the kitchen.

If you are lucky enough to be there when the giant prawns are on the menu - ORDER THEM!

02/26/2005

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Just good enough to not be bad

I was happy to find that Il Forniao wasn't as loud as I'd heard on a Friday night; the room was quite pleasant and the booths commodious. The food suffers from trying a little too hard. For instance, the duck special had a strong smoky flavor and an intense balsamic reduction; the result was too intensely flavored in too many directions. The regular dishes fared better - the veal scallopini was excellent, and the stuffed pastas were perfect. I'd say this is a good choice for a business dinner as long as you stick with the basics.

07/03/2004

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Reliable and good value

I live in SM and have always found the Il Fornaio there to be a good spot for taking more or less anyone. Plus you can walk over to the pier after dinner!

I strongly disagree with the reviewer who compared Il Fornaio to the Red Lobster if he/she meant that literally. That's like comparing John O'Groats to Coco's. If you really can't tell the difference then stick to McD's!

10/02/2003

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
decent

this place is OK. food is OK. service is decent. basically its just a red lobster but dressed up to make you feel better.

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