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“Excellent food in a friendly, neighborhood setting”

Il Forno Caffe & Pizzeria
Ranked #186 of 713 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Between 29th and 30th
Transit: Santa Monica Blue Buss #8 at 28th street and walk back one block.
Reviewed July 29, 2012

This is a neighborhood gem. Families go here from the time their children are small until they grow up and move away from. This past Saturday night we went with my son, who is leaving for grad school in Florida. He ran into several other people from high school who were leaving to all parts of the country for grad school too! What a nice good-bye for all of them.

I had a New York strip special. Perfect, perfect. Medium rare cooked perfectly, excellent seasoning, fresh and unusual mushrooms on top. The rest of the family got pasta, and each dish was cooked perfectly, seasoned very well, and made them happy. We shared a blueberry topped cheesecake for dessert.

I can recommend anything on the menu, any of their specials (in fact, it took 7 times going here before I ordered anything off of their regular menu - always got specials). Pasta and pizza are delicious.

Friendly, well trained staff. You can pretty much dress any way you like here. The main dining room can be noisy (but in a fun way). If you want quiet, ask to be seated in the smaller room to the left of the entrance.

Come see how we locals like to dine.

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Reviewed February 18, 2012

This is a local place that my family likes very much. We pick up a lot of take out there and it's always good and reliable.

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Reviewed February 2, 2009

This is a great Italian, family oriented restaurant. Family owned, if you go more than once the staff recognizes you. While the food is not adventurous, it consistently delivers on flavor. It's a family restaurant that doesn't dumb its food down.

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Reviewed July 7, 2008

good pasta and pizza at good prices and mellow place

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Reviewed February 12, 2008

One of my favorite Italian restaurants. There's such a variety of dishes. And the food is made to order, fresh and delicious. It's not cheap, but the perfect price to enjoy a special occasion with a loved one.

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