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Forno Vecchio

680 N. Main St., Pleasanton, CA
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Ranked #21 of 211 restaurants in Pleasanton
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Spring St
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13 reviews from our community

66% Recommend
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English first
Callahan, California
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

In the quaint and charming area of downtown Pleasanton, this family-run restaurant felt very real. The lasagne was second-only to the best I ever had, ( in Lucca, Italy), with subtle spices, not overpowering tomato. Nice wine list, reasonable prices. Gems like this I want to keep to myself.

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Pleasanton, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I've been to Forno Vecchio many times, for brunch, lunch, dinner. First, the house red 'Rare Red' is a great drinking wine with your dinner and a steal at $14/bottle. I've been pleased with *most* items I've ordered, although not everything has hit the mark for me. Lunch Panini's are great and you can't beat the price. Summer brunch is... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I am not one to eat out a lot, so when I do go out for a nice meal, I want great tasting food, good service, and I don't want to break the bank. First off, our waiter's recommendation for wine was spot on, and the wine very much complimented our dinner. The salad, which I ordered a half portion,... More

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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113 reviews 113 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The veal was well prepared, great range of Italian and California wines. Leave room for the deserts!

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Pleasanton, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

My husband and I have eaten here twice. The first time was early on when they first opened. At that time, the home made pasta was GOOD. The service was GOOD. The second time we ate there, I had to return my pasta and ask for some meatballs to add a modicum of flavor. I thought I was eating Chef... More

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Pleasanton, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I must have passed this place 100 times and never really even noticed it. Then I heard about it and decided to give it a try. The environment instantly makes you feel like you are dinning in the old country. The service is excellent and they treat you like they truly appreciate your business. The bruschetta appetizer really was enough... More

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We were visiting our Daughter and son in Law in Pleasanton and they took us here for dinner. The restaurant is on Main Street and is very easy to find. There is parking about 200 feet away in one of the many parking lots in downtown Pleasanton. They brought us homemade bread and Olive Oil with herbs for dipping. The... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

We had not tried Forno Vecchio since they opened and heard mixed reviews. Our meal was just that-Mixed. Tried three different salads, all good. Husband had rack of lamb, the lamb very nicely prepared but the side dish was overcooked to the point he didn't eat it. Friend had philo wrapped salmon, very good. My eggplant parm was just ok... More

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San Ramon, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Admittedly, my standards for Italian restaurants are high so I'm always reluctant to try new ones. Forno Vecchio didn't disappoint. Compared to other eateries on poplular Main St. in Pleasanton, this was incredibly reasonable -- especially the wine list! I also liked that the tables aren't crowded next to each other. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. I... More

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Pleasanton, CA
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

We've walked past Forno Vecchio a number of times and wanted to stop by for a meal (the menu looked interesting). We finally made it there for dinner on a Friday night, we were all very pleased with our meals (we had the Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto, Fettucini Bolognese and Filo Wrapped Salmon). Service was prompt and attentive and our... More

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