I take exception to the reviewer who claims this restaurant is "not ITALIAN." He is from New Jersey where the food is Southern Italian/Sicilian. This is more Northern than Southern, but has a few excellent Southern Italian dishes.
The wine list is exceptional. It comes on an I-pad, so it's hard to know how many wines are on it. I'll just say lots and lots! Il Forno Classico is also a wine bar. It's a nice place to stop in for a glass of wine; they also have a full bar.
The bread is unlike any I've ever had, so I have to say it may not be truly Italian, but one bite and you won't care! It's hot and delicious and comes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.
The pasta and pizzas are all excellent. I love their pesto sauce and especially their artichoke ravioli with chicken and lemon cream sauce. It is my favorite pasta dish ever, and you can get a half or full order of most pastas. The pizzas are thinnish crust, but not like the "cracker crust" you get in some restaurants. I like the Harry's Bar pizza best, with proscuitto, gorgonzola cheese, and sundried tomatoes. The Stromboli is also excellent with several kinds of meat.
I almost forget the salads: They have a wonderful variety in two sizes. One half-size is enough for two to split with dinner; a full-size makes an excellent entree. The service here is excellent, also. I've run out of room to review the appetizers and desserts.
This place is actually in Gold River in the Bel Air shopping Center. I highly recommend it for lunch or dinner!
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