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Posted by CHEFCRISTO email@example.com on 09/28/2011
We stumbled upon this sort of "hole in the wall"-but-very-charming-old-school restaurant. wow, what incredible food, cooked to perfection and served with pride. wife had a salmon dish, i had snapper, both italian style. i wish i could say which one was better: both were undeniably delicious. pasta on the side...just close your eyes: like being at grandma's house on a sunday afternoon, only better. Sorry nonna!
Posted by Victor on 07/06/2011
I have been going to Il Fornaio for over 30 years. Back in the ‘80s, I loved it. After my latest lunch there, though, I will not go back. It was the most disappointing meal in recent memory. The delicious and vividly red red sauce I recall is a thing of the past. The spaghetti was not the same without a good sauce. And it was starchy and stuck together. The lasagna also was sticky and pasty, a leaden mass. Any pizzeria worth its salt could have beaten the chicken parmigiana. My dining companion described the minestrone as on a par with Campbell’s. Service is OK, an the atmosphere is old school Italian. Perhaps Il Fornaio can survive on the tourists who flock to Little Italy from far and wide. This local is done.
Posted by CousinScott on 02/03/2011
I own a tour business in New York. I regularly bring my clients here from all over the world and hands down, everyone gives Il Fornaio two thumbs up.
Posted by W. Bellefond on 09/22/2010
Unforgetable taste, a pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere, the meals are naturally made to order! The fifties music brings me back to one of my favorite time periods, as well as my favorite song of all time.The best tasting meals are experienced right there, at either day-time or in the evening. Buon appetito a tutti!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/05/2010
Food is great. They don't lure you into the restaurant. Great menu, great service. Everything is fresh and cooked to perfection. Well worth trying!
Posted by ian on 03/08/2010
I've been living in Manhattan for a few years now. This place has some of the best Italian food that I've had. Most places have pretty lousy food in my opinion.
Posted by Andrea Coyle on 02/04/2010
Now I know that you New Yorkers might think that Little Italy is just for tourists, but there are a lot of great restaurants here. Il Fornaio is my favorite restaurant on Mulberry St! The food is wonderful, and every dish that I have tried (and I have tried many) tastes like the homemade Italian food that your Mama would have cooked for you! The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and warm. When I eat here, it's like coming home to a delicious home cooked meal, and the staff is just like family to me. You get very good value for your money, and you won't be disappointed!