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“Excellent Dining Experience That Looks Formal but Costs Casual”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #18 of 192 Restaurants in Manhattan Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
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.
Reviewed August 31, 2007

I really like Il Fornaio in general, but the one in Manhattan Beach has a very elegant decor and feeling to it that costs half what it costs to eat at Fleming's right across the street. I have never had a bad or mediocre experience at Il Fornaio.

It is Italian - but it's not all pasta and red sauce - there are meat and fish dishes that aren't all pasta. Having said that - all their convetional Italian dishes are great.

Try the Panna Cotta for dessert - so good - I had never heard of it before eating there but plan to have it again soon!

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