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“Nice Italian” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3779
310-725-9555
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Ranked #42 of 160 Restaurants in Manhattan Beach
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Bakeries
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Good for: Doing business, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Aviation Blvd.
Transit: Blue Line
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. Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Business travel. Restaurant choices near LAX are thin. Short drive and worth the visit.
Food and wine was good. Nice portions, good service. Worth a repeat visit when staying near LAX

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Manhattan Beach, California, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Yummy Nosh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Stopped in after our workout and had a fabulous meal! Salads were great!! I would certainly eat there again!

Visited December 2013
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El Segundo, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Good place - But will not knock your socks off”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The restaurant is beautiful, but the good is only slightly above average. Not the Italian food that we were looking for. We had high expectations than what this restaurant provided.

Visited December 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Don't get on their email list”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I may have gone here for Happy Hour once and signed up for their emails. Word of advice. Don't.
They will never take you off the list and flood your mailbox with insignificant emails. Even if you unsubscribe and call multiple times, you will still get these emails. harassment.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
“Il Fornia - best for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Outstanding service and good value for lunch especially business.

Food is freshly prepared and a broad selection of salads, pastas etc available with fantastic bread!

Visited November 2013
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