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“Visiting Lakeland outstanding authentic Italian food awaits you at IL Forno” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Forno

Il Forno
Ranked #14 of 444 Restaurants in Lakeland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Visiting Lakeland outstanding authentic Italian food awaits you at IL Forno”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Tucked away in a local shopping center is a little piece of Italy.
If you want to bring the family and kids in a casual environment this is it.
From the incredible soup to an outstanding Shrimp special offered and chicken francaise.
Every dish or pizza that walked by our table had us wanting a taste.
The service was impeccable and the owner who visits tables really made you feel comfortable.
Don't miss them gem tucked away in the Hobby Lobby shopping center.

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English first
Lakeland, Florida
Level Contributor
145 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great food anytime I have been”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Very good mom and pop restaurant. Any time I have gone the food has been excellent along with the service. I have gone both for lunch and for dinner and the food has always been prompt and very tasty.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank straw71
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Lakeland, Florida
Level Contributor
29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Simple and casual... the best food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Surprising to find some of the best Italian food outside a "major" city, even bigger Florida cities... This fun restaurant is tucked into a shopping center (lots of free parking) and has a simple, clean, friendly atmosphere. It is family friendly, but can get noisy... in a good way. The staff is amazing and the food is beyond excellent. Each dish is prepared to order, and most special requests can be accommodated. Mic, the owner, is on site and takes a personal interest in all his diners... we love going there and all the different dishes we've tried... a can't miss if you are in the area.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank 912SueD912
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Lakeland, Florida
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great little mom & pop Italian restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

One of our favorite local eateries. Always fresh. Larger portions (enough for leftovers). Great pizza. Great for families with kids. Even good (appropriate) music. I detected some Dean Martin in their line up of Italian singers/songs.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Michelle M
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Lakeland, Florida
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146 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Guess you're supposed to eat the salad off the table”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

My order was a slice of the ultimate pizza (on the menu) and a house salad. No ultimate. The waiter explained they only had cheese or pepperoni today. So, he sold me the lunch special of a pepperoni slice, side salad and drink. No diet coke, so I ordered a diet Dr. Pepper with lime. No lime, so I settled for lemon. The romaine, two small tomato wedges and two slices of cucumber came on a plate so small that any cutting of the salad ended up sending it off the plate. Maybe the idea is to eat the salad off the table. Still no Dr. Pepper. The pepperoni slice came piping hot, but swimming in greasiness. Finally the Dr. Pepper, late in the meal. No offer to take it with me, though I overheard this offer at other tables. Go to Romeo's.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank LuvNYC83
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