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“Spumoni Gelato to die for!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
600 Pine St, Ste 132, Seattle, WA 98101-3702 (Downtown)
206-264-0994
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Ranked #367 of 3,490 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $30 - $45
Cuisines: Bakery, Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 6th Street
Transit: Metro line stops at 6th and Olive.
Oregon
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Spumoni Gelato to die for!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We had a lovely lunch at Il Fornaio. Everything was very fresh and tasty. But the spumoni gelato was the highlight of the meal, and I don't usually even like spumoni or gelato .. I am now a convert. The restaurant is downtown, with an entrance downstairs via one of the major streets across from Nordstroms, or upstairs, via a shopping mall - making it very convenient.

Visited September 2013
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English first
San Rafael, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Trip to Pacific Northwest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Close location to our hotel. The restaurant is very nice and the food was great. Had a very nice dinner.

Visited September 2013
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Authentic & Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

What a wonderful find!! Authentic, delicious, and a GREAT VALUE! It was Saturday evening in downtown Seattle & it was surprising that more people weren't flocking to this wonderful, relaxed, yet classy restaurant. The pasta is made fresh in-house, and in addition to the more traditional sauces, there are other fresh options definately worth trying. Their treatment of the more traditional Caesar salad (insulate Cesarina) for example, was fantastic... Properly dressed & including some hard-boiled egg and sliced Roma tomatoes, along with a generous helping of fresh, imported Romano cheese. This place is just hard to beat if you are in the mood for some fine authentic Italian food. With suburb quality, excellent service & very reasonable prices, Il Fornaio is an EXCELLENT VALUE and a memorable dining experience.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Another casa...my homeland food!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

As you well know some of the greatest food in Italy are bread and pizza. Any time you approach a Made in Italy hoven go get some food there!! The Fornaio at Pine and Sixth, right close by by the Pacific Place is good for almost everything they do. Sometimes I wish I could suggest their chef - like the great Mexican I met there back in the years 2009/10- to "not to over cook" the spaghetti as the Italian pasta must not be cooked like the asian noodles. The Italian pasta must be served at the table while it is still a little raw...Ask to Italian restaurant "I want pasta al dente like Italians eat it". Btw pizza is good here, I love the chicken in all of its recipes, potatoes are great, the Minestrone vegetable soup, spinach buttered on the pan, the Antpasto della casa. Mind that you re not in Italy so the food is great but its "mile 0" food, meaning local raw materials fresh but not imported form Italy. Good food, great place but do not pretend to have 100% Italian food. if you want that book a flight to a place where I live. I ll have you eating in the best places around Italia!!

Visited October 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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132 reviews 132 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
“Good food, addictive breadsticks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I've eaten here a few times and have enjoyed it each time. The pizza's are delicious as are the pasta's. The last time there I had the Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese and I really enjoyed it. Service has always been pretty good. Make sure you ask for the breadsticks if they don't bring them to you. They are very addictive and they're included with your meal. The desserts are very good but they are a bit pricey. I will be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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