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“Real Italian cuisine!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Forno Bistro

Forno Bistro
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: VanDam
Description: Anchoring Saratoga's vibrant downtown Forno Bistro is a family-owned bistro that offers a variety of rustic, Tuscan-style food rooted in tradition. Our chef's use only the freshest seasonal ingredients to prepare dishes with respect to their flavors, appearance and aroma. The menu is sophisticated but approachable, expressing the sense of hearth and home that defines the Tuscan style of life. Forno Bistro's rustic, Tuscan-style food is hearty and unpretentious with sophisticated flavors rooted in tradition and always open to new interpretations and adaptations. Many of our dishes are greatly influenced by the use of the wood-fired oven: homemade pizzas, sauteed calamari, and wood-fired towers of vegetables. The oven is always the inspiration.
Staten Island, New York
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107 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Real Italian cuisine!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Excellent service and good . Indoor and outdoor dining .
homemade pasta and pastries- delicious !
A gem in Saratoga Springs - perfect for couples and great for groups .

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A must when you are in Saratoga with a great surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Located at the top of Broadway this is one of Saratoga's best restaurants. Sat our on the porch, Friday evening opening night of track season. Staff was ready and waiting.
Reservation was honored to the minute, requested table and all. Service was professional and water glasses were filled every few moments since it was 98 degrees and the humidity was 100%. 2 managers on duty were visible and involved.

The food was great. Everyone in our party of four LOVED their meals. The specials were VERY creative and the prices charged were very reasonable. ADDITIONALLY THEY HAVE THEIR OWN PARKING LOT, unique to restaurants in Saratoga.

Make sure you put it on your list when visiting Saratoga.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michael W
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Glens Falls, New York
2 reviews
“Wear a bib?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Meal was good, but waitstaff was sloppy. First, waitress should have put wine glass on the table but instead handed it to another in our group. You don't know how adept the receiver is, so of course there was a spill. Another waitperson did the same thing later with a water glass with the same result. I had a nice shirt ruined by the red wine stains, so it was an expensive meal. I won't be back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank UpstateBurt
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Pittsburgh
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144 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Don't be fooled by appearance and location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Food is average at best. Lasagna is more like soup and chicken breast is similar to Olive Garden preparation & taste.

Visited July 2013
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upstate NY
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347 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Good Italian but used to be better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Forno was always our favorite Italian restaurant. Went back after a year away from Saratoga and it was still good but not what it used to be. Antipasto platter for 2 was much smaller with alot more lettuce and a lot less antipasto! Bruschetta pizza had great flavor but the crust was very soggy. Salad specials were also very tasty but had very few shrimp on top. Everything was just good but just not what it used to be. Great atmosphere sitting outside. Waitstaff was friendly and very attentive. Too attentive in fact. They kept trying to take away our plates and we kept saying that we were not done yet. Still, Forno is a solid choice for dinner in Saratoga.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lisa9962
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