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Il Fornaro, on Avenue Rd, south of Hwy 401, offers Authentic Italian food while using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Enjoy a truly memorable dinner with our extensive wine list. Our wine selection include selections from Italy, as well as the best domestic vintages. We pay close attention to detail and the offer the highest quality in all of our signature dishes. Il Fornaro is here to serve all your dining needs, whether it be a casual fine dining for two or a banquet for 100+. Let Il Fornaro create wonderful memories with great food and terrific service in a warm and friendly ambiance. $100 gift certificates available for sale for only $90. Visit restaurant for purchases and details. Buon Appetito!Delivery: Monday to Sunday 3:00pm - 10:00pm. more...

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Fine Dining,

Cuisine type

  • Italian,
  • Mediterranean,

Dishes

  • Seafood,

Atmosphere

  • Family,
  • Romantic,

Products and Services

  • Open Sunday,
  • Daily Special,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

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  • Atmosphere: 3.7/5
  • Food: 3.9/5
  • Service: 3.4/5
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Jerowe R
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Positive experience

Good atmosphere and food was okay.

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Restaurantica12
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Excellent

Had a great summerlicious lunch here, food was great. The pizza made in the wood-burning oven was excellent. Lots of choices on the menu. Atmosphere is very good and service was friendly and efficient. Very reasonable price too.

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Restaurantica12
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In Winterlicious today, I invited my girlfriend to IL Fornaro. I could say one of the romantice dinner I ever had. The wine, dinner and the service and friendly resturant manager made our night the best ever.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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I am Italian and love Italian cuisine. I never walk to a classy restaurants which serve junk food like wings. That was one of the reasons and also I am delighted to recommend IL Fornaro for the variety of menu selections, its tasty meal (one of the kinds), and its atmosphere with professional services.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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The best woodburning pizza ever! we realy like...

The best woodburning pizza ever! we realy like the atmosphere and their fast service.Food is amazing there.I will go back there for sure with my friens and family.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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I realy like this resaurant.They have the best...

I realy like this resaurant.They have the best woodoven pizza.Seafood selection is realy good too.Serveres are polite and very friendly.I will go back there for my wife's BD.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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this was the worst italian restaurant i've ever...

this was the worst italian restaurant i've ever been to. first of all, the service was terrible, they kept avoiding us and when they finally came, it was like he didnt know how to speak english they just couldnt understand. then the food took so long to come and the chicken and pasta that came with it was so tasteless. we told the waiter and he came back with a very similar tasting food. we didnt even end up eating half of what we ordered and it was so over priced. we will never go back there again and we'll never recommend it to anyone.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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We ordered delivery. The driver forgot half the...

We ordered delivery. The driver forgot half the meal. Paid him the full cost plus tip as he promised to return within ten mins with the missing food; He took ONE HOUR. My extended family sat around waiting. By the time he arrived the food was cold. Not only that, the pizza was overcooked AND it was very expensive. I can think of a dozen places with better food and better service. As for price, I have no problem paying top dollar, but one should get what one pays for. My advice: Avoid Il Fornaro.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 1/5
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THE FOOD AND THE INGREDIENTS WAS OUTSTANDING THE...

THE FOOD AND THE INGREDIENTS WAS OUTSTANDING THE SERVICE WAS OK OVER ALL I RECOMMAND THE PLACER TO ANY ITALIAN FOOD LOVER

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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November 19, 2017

Pastas and veal were ok but 2 of us ordered pizzas and they were not good, Quattro statcione terrible, white pizza also had no taste...took long time be ready...server older gentleman forgot two drinks...felt he was waiting us to leave, standing near our table in the end...not going to go again...

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

October 18, 2017

The pizza was disappointing. Not made as advertised. Too dry, ingredients not fresh, and not right. When I suggested that the toppings were not the right ones for its name, I was shrugged off. A Quattro stagioni pizza is made into four different quadrants which each quarter reflecting each of the four seasons. Not even close.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

October 4, 2017

Manager did not want to recognize certified Assistive Animal (small emotional support dog). It was upsetting for my wife. The manager eventually accepted the situation but this delayed initial service. It was better after that.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

August 18, 2017

Furniture and decor is a little outdated and chairs are stained but the music was nice. We had to wait a considerable amount of time to get service even though there were 3 tables seated only. The waiter took a very long time and was rough with handling glasses and placed plates down roughly. The bread was cold and we only got a few meager pieces. The chicken marsala dish was messily plated and the chicken itself was the thickness of thin crust pizza. For 21 dollars there were two of these small slices of chicken, one piece of broccoli, three slivers of carrot, one small potato, and a few slices of pepper. This restaurant has gone downhill. It used to have proper serving sizes for the price, beautiful plating, bountiful bread and great service. I'm not sure what has happened!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 22, 2017

For a pricier restaurant standards ub service was average. Server needs express or communicate better than just stating "no." I didn't go for summerlicious abd paid full price salmon dinner with penne. Server told me earlier incan have Penne gluten free when I asked he simply said NO. He didn't say anything else when Inasked Agsin. I ddint bother arguing or asking why since he seemed have communications language barrier. I won't be returning due to poor communications.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

July 18, 2017

I went for the summerlicious 2017 menu with two friends, $28 set menu. The place is beautiful and the atmosphere is very romantic, great for a date or intimate dinner with friends. Service was also good and nothing to complain about on that end. The FOOD however, not so great. We ordered the garden salad for the appetizer.....i could have made it at home. It was very bland, nothing special in it just mixed greens some cherry tomatoes and balsamic dressing. For the main course we got the salmon with veggies. The salmon itself was cooked to perfection, however it had zero taste. There were a few pieces of red peppers and some zucchini on the side which also had zero taste. No flavouring no texture just seemed like plain steamed veggies. There were two small wedges of potato which were oven baked with some salt on them so we savored those two bites. The tiramisu was delicious. Dessert was not an issue. Overall I gave this dinner a 2/5 stars. The consensus amongst all three of us was that the food had no flavour and was something we could easily make at home even better ourselves. For a summerlicious menu that was supposed to bring customers there in the future, it did the exact opposite. Save your money and go somewhere else.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

June 11, 2017

With only 2 other tables of guests upon our arrival, we should have recognized the red flag. Appetizer: The minestrone was incredibly salty and the Giardino saladswas boring. Entree: Two of us ordered the sea bass special. When we asked for it to be without any sauce and simply baked, the waiter agreed. Sadly, when the fish arrived, it was covered in a flour coating. After speaking with the chef, the waiter told us it was flour or nothing! So, we ordered the salmon instead. With a gluten allergy, I never have problems requesting plain fish in a restaurant until NOW. The restaurant itself if old, dated and tired looking. It's time Il Fornaro renovate and while at the same time realize that allergies are serious and require a little understanding from the kitchen. We will not be returning.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

June 11, 2017

Food was delicious and the service very good. My friend and I had an enjoyable dinner and will most certainly return

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

Wood burning oven for pizza broken, coffee maker broken. Service poor

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

February 15, 2017

Great atmosphere, you feel like you're in a different place in the world. I loved the Babylonian and Italian artifacts and inscriptions (the Nabonidus cylinder was a nice touch). The atmosphere was great. In regards to service, the two waiters were the only ones tending to the whole restaurant on a busy night, they were certainly busy but they made sure we were well attended to. As to the food, wow! The best Italian food I have ever had in my life, I will be back that's for sure!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 8, 2017

We loved it! Definitely would come back for dinner

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2017

Food and service were good but unfortunately the heat in the dining room was not working so we did not have a good experience. We should have left shortly after we arrived but didn't know it was broken and thought it would warm up. Once we ordered, decided to stay. We should have clued in when we arrived and saw only a couple of tables occupied.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 14, 2017

Our first visit and we were very pleased with our dining experience. We ordered the calamari as an appetizer, which was tender and tasty. One main was the osso bucco and the other lasagna. The osso was excellent and the portion with vegetables good. The lasagna was very good, but the serving could of been a little larger. Restaurant reservation was for an early seating and was very quiet, so the service was very attentive! Next time in this neighborhood, we will be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 23, 2016

We have had occasion to eat at this restaurant a couple of times over the past two years and quite enjoyed our meal and the service at a very reasonable price. However, our most recent experience was not pleasant. We had reservations at 7:30 p.m. and it took a few minutes before anyone even greeted us at the entrance. We were then seated and provided a menu, however, after 3/4 hour we had to ask a waitress if we could get some water and have someone take our order. Our meals were not complicated--two Caesar salads (one, no dressing due tp allergies), three pizzas and one salmon dinner. The salads arrived and one had cheese and the other did not. We brought this to the attention of the waiter and he was very rude, took the salad away, bringing it back with the cheese and practically throwing it on the table with "There's your cheese." The main course arrived at 9:00 p.m. The pizzas were not very good and the salmon dinner was covered with garlic bits and oil (not mentioned on the menu and unfortunately the individual who ordered it has an allergy to garlic). It appeared to us that part of the problem was not enough staff as the restaurant was quite busy when we arrived. We also noted that tables around us were experiencing similar issues and one couple commented to us that their meal was not very good. Our experience was so disappointing that for the first time, we did not leave a gratuity. We will not be returning to this restaurant nor would we recommend it to anyone.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

August 25, 2016

There's only one waiter for the whole restaurant - 4 tables total - but he is very professional We enjoyed the evening

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2016

I loved this restaurant! The service, food and atmosphere was amazing and I'm definitely going back next time!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2016

The waiter was arrogant, didn't know the wine list and argumentative. The food was terrible and no consideration when I didn't eat it. Will not be going back.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 18, 2016

amazing service and food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 18, 2016

First time customers and will definitely come back. Very friendly, wonderful service and terrific atmosphere. We took our time and we're never rushed. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2016

Excellent meal....delicious, good-sized portions which arrived hot! Quick attentive service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 25, 2016

Fish was bland, service was very slow. Will not come back.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

May 1, 2016

Service was not great and not attentive or friendly. Restaurant was almost empty and still not prompt. Entree arrived cold and before we were do eye appetizers. Asked for fresh bread which the server said was baking in the oven,never ever received it,very disappointing.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

February 29, 2016

The food was delicious and plentiful. We shall return for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2016

Nice restaurant, but we were never told upon making the reservation (and confirming over the phone), that only the Winterlicious menu would be available for our service. That was a bit disappointing to only realize once we were seated. The manager was not helpful or apologetic about their lack of communication. Food was tasty.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

February 7, 2016

The noise level was very high, very unpleasant. Because the restaurant was full, the service wasn't as usual, but the waitress was very profesional and curteous. The food quality and potions was excellent. I will return.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 7, 2016

The service and the food - very good.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 31, 2016

Excellent service from start to finish. Very attentive without being intrusive. Winterlicious menu had a lot to choose from and was excellent value at $25 for three courses. We enjoyed the Caesar salad, arugula salad, penne with salmon, veal, tartufo x 2. Will try the wood-fired pizza on our next visit.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 10, 2016

We have eaten at Il Fornaro many times and have enjoyed the food and the service. The waiter last night was having an off night and so items that we ordered were forgotten, nobody asked us how our food was, etc. He didn't, however, miss an opportunity to upsell. If this had been our first visit, it would also be our last.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

December 26, 2015

A perfect Christmas Eve dinner with the family. Great service, food and ambience. Just what we were hoping for. We'll definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 18, 2015

Food is delicious! The coupons they offer are VERY MISLEADING!!!! When asked to speak to the owner we were told too busy to come out to speak! Restaurant was only 25% full POOR CUSTOMER RELATIONS

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

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