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“Good classic Italian”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #9 of 2,169 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: San Carlos St.
Transit: City bus stops are located nearby
Description: Il Fornaio means "The Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique 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 2013.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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208 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good classic Italian”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

We were party of 5. The menu offered all Italia classics. We had Angel Hair Tomato sauce pasta, Lasgna, etc. All were good. The special I ordered - Swordfish was not great. They tried to stuff it and the result was a bit greasy and burned outside.
The environment is nice. I would visit again.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Food, wonderful atmosphere”
Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

When my Husband chose this restaurant to celebrate my birthday, I was delighted! The food selection was good and with a large party of 15 in the wine room, it couldn't be much better. Everyone made different selections FRI salmon, pasta, pizza, seafood and roasted chicken--everyone was pleased. Top it off with friendly, efficient service-simply put a delightful evening!

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Pioneer, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“excellent food wine and service”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

We had salmon, balsamic salad and ranchella appetizer. All were excellent. The apple and gelato dessert is super yummy. Easy atmosphere and good family venue. If you are in downtown a must stop.

  • Visited February 2013
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Westford, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Directly across the street from the San Jose Marrriott. Very nice Italian restaurant at reasonable prices considering the meal quality and the restaurant is located in a hotel.

Visited February 2013
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Sunnyvale, California
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“Not so hot”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

I've always liked this restaurant--a nice open room with some more private booths, yellow walls, Italian knick knacks. A nicely varied menu that offers, beyond its regular items, specialties chosen from a varying region of Italy. A nice wine selection, by the bottle and glass. But this recent visit was only so-so, partly because I ordered badly, I think. The creamy polenta with mushrooms and gravy that I had as a starter was more like a finisher: too much cheese and gravy that needed more flavor; overall, heavy. Followed by a pizza (my mistake, admittedly) that was not as good as one you'd get at Domino's. I ended up taking three-fourths of it home with me. Service was good. Parking a bit pricey.

  • Visited January 2013
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