Il Fornello Restaurant

4.7/5
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Cuisine type

  • Italian,
  • Brunch,
  • Vegan,

Dishes

  • Pasta,
  • Pizza,
  • Vegan,
  • Seafood,

Features

  • Group Reservation,
  • Semi Private Dining,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
576 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1R1
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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ange5211
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Excellent portions, food and service. Lisa, our server was amazing, super friendly and attentive. Will be back!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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mariapuopolo255
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Il Fornello is one of my favorite restaurants! The food and service was excellent! I would highly recommend the restaurant to all my family and friends!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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6 of us gathered for brunch ... East Coasters...

6 of us gathered for brunch ... East Coasters from PEI and NS, visiting the big city folk from Greenwood and College Road ... loved the walk on the Danforth and especially the great people and the great food/prices at Il Fornello ... of course, it's a favorite ... and we'll be back.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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August 20, 2019

My friend was visiting Toronto for her birthday weekend. I booked a reservation for 9:15 where we would have her birthday dinner. My friends and I were 10 minutes late and the kitchen was closed, however the waitress was super accommodating and seated us. Cannot remember her name, but she was bubbly, friendly and funny. She was also closing on August 18. Please give her a raise! My friend truly enjoyed her birthday and loved the restaurant. Definitely recommending this place to my family and friends!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 17, 2019

Server was definitely on his game. Food across the board top drawer. The vegan menu a huge difference maker as two of our party require same. Well done.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 15, 2019

We celebrated my 84th birthday with a mixed family dinner, ages ranging from 4 years old to 84. Big success, everybody happy! Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2019

Great meal, good staff, nothing like having a proper pizza oven .

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2019

Consistent food as always. But an amazing waiter. Attentive. Jovial. Friendly. Everything service should be.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 8, 2019

Great experience. Easily accommodated food allergies. Will definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2019

The patio has improved but the street noise is always a problem. Not the fault of the restaurant though.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

Could not fault the place or the service or the food. We asked for vegan dishes for 3 of us and they were delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 27, 2019

Our server was patient with our children and moved things along quickly - we had a great time!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

My uncle's 90th a great evening but we were in a booth at the back so very loud...Hard to hear each other

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2019

Most amazing service .We had Sophie as our main server she was absolutely brilliant very diligent and attentive, staff were very polite as well. Food was delicious especially with lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Thanks for a wonderful evening!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2019

Love the new vegan menu. It is delicious. The staff is great

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

I was disappointed in the powdered Parmesan on my salad. I expected fresh Parmesan. I also didn’t find the veggie sausage to be as tasty as I was hoping it would be and it didn’t merge with the pizza very well because it wasn’t crumbled it was sliced. However other than that the food was very good and the service was very good and I will come back again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

The summerlicious vegan menu was excellent. The tofu main was one of the best I’ve had

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

Love the vegan menu! Also we really appreciate our thoughtful server who showed my kids the pizza oven!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2019

Fantastic as always. Great service, great ambiance, and very consistent quality of food (delicious!).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2019

Very enjoyable evening out. The service was very efficient and friendly in a professional way. The food was excellent. The ladies at the front desk were great in arranging an alternative table due to a mix up on our reservation request. Overall very pleasant as usual. It's easy to see why this place is so popular.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 19, 2019

Tried their Summerlicious menu. Every option was delicious. Servers were very friendly and prompt. All plant-based Summerlicious menu was great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2019

Our most recent visit to Il Fornello on the Danforth was for the Vegan Summerlicious menu and it did not disappoint! The food was great - as usual. We've eaten off of the regular menu as well, but were really impressed by how robust (and delicious) the plant-based Italian menu is. Il Fornello is leading the pack with the quality and diversity of plant-based options available. Thanks for a great night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 16, 2019

First off, I really appreciated the fact that there was an extensive vegan menu—it’s a nice change! However, from what I’ve had and experienced, I was a little disappointed for several reasons. Firstly, the table my friend and I were seated at did not appear to be wiped from the previous customers seated there; there were still drink rings and markings on the table. Secondly, for some reason, all of the dishes (those both my friend and I had) were salty for some reason? We’ve each ordered a “smoked salmon” pizza and the split pea risotto, and they were overly salty. However, I did appreciate that they took care to accomodate me and my seating request, which ended up being in one of the windowside booths. This place ended up being a more obsure place however, so it was quite difficult catching staff’s attention!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 10, 2019

Atmosphere was absolutely amazing. Very cute seat for two ppl and had a mirror on the side wall easy to check the make up and any unprofitable things on the face or teeth. Server was nice and polite although he looked a little bit hurry. The good was fair not so amazed me. The waiting time was longer than I thought we had to add our parking time outside. Dessert was beautiful love that strawberry cake.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 10, 2019

It was such a great experience dining here. We were a group of mixed dietary needs with one guest being gluten free and vegan. So many options and the food, every dit of it, was devine. The service was impeccable- the owner personally came over to tell us about the menu, she worked to accomodate our dietary restrictions and just have that extra bit of service you don't normally see. I dreamed about the gnocchi after I had it. We will absolutely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2019

We loved the vegan Summerlicious menu. Not sure why we had to specifically ask for that menu, but once we ordered and received our food we were very happy. Thanks to Caitlin for the great experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2019

A lovely evening, as always. Great food, and outstanding service from our servers, Emily and Sophie. Definitely "two thumbs up" !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2019

We ordered the summerlicious menu and the food tasted very good. Our main complaint for the evening was that it took a long time for our dishes to arrive. We noticed that many delivery orders were flying out the door, whereas customers that were eating at the restaurant were waiting a long time for food. As a result our main dishes were slightly cold when they arrived.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 7, 2019

As always it was no pressure or rush, consistently good food at reasonable prices. Great neighbourhood spot!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 6, 2019

Very enjoyable, the food was on time and tasty.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 6, 2019

I made this reservation to try the summerlicious prix fixe menu with my partner on the first day of summerlicious. I then received a message saying that my reservation wasn’t valid because summerlicious started on July 5th (the day my reservation was for) with no option to change my reservation and in an incredibly dismissive tone, and when I clarified that my reservation was on the first day, I received no response. MAJOR disappointment. I frankly felt like my business was not wanted and like I was a bother.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 4, 2019

First time diners, we enjoyed the good service, great patio seating and a very nice meal. On our list to visit again when back in the area.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

Il Fornello is a neighbourhood favourite, serving “Zagat Recommended” traditional Italian fare in the heart of Greektown on the Danforth. On their Winterlicious menu you’ll find options such as arancini Arborio (rice balls filled with mozzarella and bolognese sauce); chicken stuffed with asiago cheese, spinach and caramelized onions; and panna cotta with a raspberry cranberry compote.

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Winterlicious 2017: $18 lunches

Winterlicious 2017: $18 lunches

Picture this: beautifully prepared pasta dishes and wood-oven baked Neapolitan-style pizzas. It’s no wonder Il Fornello is a neighbourhood favourite. Serving Zagat-recommended traditional Italian fare in the heart of Greektown on the Danforth, Il Fornello invites hungry patrons to enjoy Italian cuisine prepared with fresh, simple ingredients. Their Winterlicious menu features Arborio rice balls, pizza Margherita, risotto funghi and zeppole.

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