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Il Forno Caffe & Pizzeria
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Ranked #187 of 678 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“On going quality!!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

I've had many excellent meals here over the past 20 years! The quality of the food has not changed and I'm always excited about eating here. I've never had a mediocre dish at Il Forno. The service is friendly and professional and I once found out which employees supported Juventus football club when I wore my jersey to the restaurant. I was swamped by a number of them including the chef! Il Forno is a little tricky to find as it's on Ocean Park Blvd and tucked away in a mini-mall type building but there is street and lot parking. Many locals have made it their hang out over the years but it is also a meeting place for business meals and you might see celebrities on occasion.

  • Visited August 2013
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Santa Monica, CA
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239 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Excellent food in a friendly, neighborhood setting”
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.

  • Visited July 2012
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Ellicott City, MD
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166 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Good Local Italian Restaurant”
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.

  • Visited May 2011
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“This is a great Italian...”
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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“good pasta and pizza at...”
Reviewed July 7, 2008

good pasta and pizza at good prices and mellow place

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