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“Excellent Italian Food”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #7 of 670 Restaurants in Irvine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Michelson
Transit: Orange County Transit
Reviewed December 1, 2013

Everything on the menu is done to perfection! Even the breads are outstanding. Great service and reasonably priced wines - what's not to like?

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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Hello Rayu, thank you for your patronage of Il Fornaio and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. We appreciate your feed back and hope you continue to enjoy for long time to come. Happy Holidays. Sincerely.

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We've eaten at Il Fornaio Irvine regularly for at least the last five years and have never been disappointed. We come from the regional menus served during the first two full weeks each month (meaning the week that begins on Monday). These menus reflect the diversity of Italian food and frequently tap seasonal ingredients. The menus are diverse and offer consistent quality.

Il Fornaio clearly cares for its regular customers. The staff are attentive.

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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Hello again Rayu, I just wanted to thank you again for sharing your comments in regards to our regional Menus and I am very happy to read that you enjoy the diversity of those regional dishes. Hope to see you on your next visit.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We wanted somewhere within walking distance of the Marriott across Von Karman St. It was so delightful to sit al fresco on a balmy evening and dine on some of their authentic pastas. They also have an interesting cocktail selection. There is a bocce court in front and it seemed like a pleasant hangout place.

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Thank LiaBerkeley
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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you visit us again when you are in the area. Happy Holidays.

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

I've had the pleasure of dining at Il Fornaio previously and was not disappointed with my recent visit. Food is outstanding, service perfect and wine list can satisfy just about any taste. Pricing is fine given the quality of the experience. I go to Il Fornaio every time I'm in the area.

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Thank 368frankm
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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. I am glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hope you come to visit again when you are in the area. Happy Holidays.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Il Fornaio is a chain restaurant that specializes in Italian food. Over many years, the company's restaurants have consistently delivered extremely good food and service to its customers, a great many of whom are quite loyal to this brand. I've eaten many dozens of times at a number of Il Fornaio locations (San Francisco, Del Mar, Irvine, Coronado, Corte Madera) and have never been disappointed in the quality, taste, and presentation of the food. Il Fornaio also features monthly regional specials, covering each of the regions of Italy. Because Il Fornaio had its roots as a bakery company, the breads are always excellent (ask for some bread to "take home") and are served with plenty of top-quality EVOO and balsami vinegar. Among some of my favorite dishes are: Betiole (beet salad), Calamaretti Fritti (Fried Calamari served with a spicy red sauce), Carpaccio (super-thin slices of raw beef lightly sauced and served over Italian greens, creamy polenta with sautéed mushrooms, Pollo Toscano (1/2 Spit-roasted Chicken), Capallachi di Zucca (mouth-watering squash ravioli with a delicious brown-butter-sage sauce), and Petto di Pollo Peperoncino (Flat-roasted chicken serve with a fantastic Calabrian chili sauce). Most of the pastas and pizzas are very good. If you've never tried an Il Fornaio restaurant, you are in for a real treat - even though it's a chain restaurant.

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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. I am glad you enjoyed your visit with us and you took advantage of the regional menu tasting menu "a great value". Hope you visit us again in the future. Sincerely

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