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“fresh fish on mulberry st, little italy, nyc”
Review of Il Fornaio - CLOSED

Il Fornaio
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Reviewed September 18, 2012

small, old-time, informal, so so decor, old tile floor, tin ceiling; good but bland service. so much for the unimportant. on to the good stuff. best tomato sauce this side of naples; crusty bread, lots of holes beneath the crust; ask for olive oil and balsamic to dip it in. had a special of fresh snapper with a light tomato sauce: best i ever had. i don't eat pasta which comes with the snapper; requested veggies instead: "sure, no problem": perfectly cooked broccoli, carrots, haricot verts. wife had fresh sole picata with angel hair pasta: super white sauce (not gooey) with capers: perfect. perfect portion sizes. had tap water...no push, but offers for other beverages. didn't have the great looking broccoli rabe, but mouth watered at the sight of it...looked like nonna's with lots of garlic.

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

We visited New York several years ago and had a couple of great meals at this restaurant. I am pleased to say that it is as good as ever. Choosing a restaurant on Mulberry Street can be overwhelming, so it is good to have a name in mind when you go there. The gnocchi are out of this world as are the bracciola and the lobster pasta. The staff are really nice and not pushy like some in other Mulberry Street restaurants.

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Thank suegateshead
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We walked through Little Italy where we had lunch at Il Fornaio . We sat outside on a Saturday & loved watching the people walk past & the other waiters try & coax people into their restaurants. I had a tuna sandwich & my wife had a margarita pizza. Both were really tasty. We really enjoyed the 3 old native New Yorker men who were also sitting outside beside us & our visit with them. A good choice for Little Italy

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Thank CMacDRC
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

I traveled to Little Italy for some good food and was not disappointed. This property served up some great food consisting of homemade and fresh pasta and sauce.

Thank Risomic
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

It is not new news that italian food in Little Italy is more of the same americanized quasi-italian you can find almost everywhere else in the US. Acid tomato sauces, overcooked and flavorless pasta, and semi-raw steaks... Think cheap chain italian (Carrabas) and you get the picture. This is almost the norm in LI.

Il Fornaio however, seems to be the exception, with simple yet very well excecuted dishes. Our three courses were perfectly cooked, al-dente but not undercooked, with just the right amount of sauce and the expected flavor. Our calamari appetizer was great, with just enough batter and not dripping in fry oil.

If any, I would suggest bread could have been fresher (sat down at a not very American 3:15 pm for lunch, bread felt a bit 7 am-ish), and parmesan cheese could definitely improve if freshly shredded instead of dehydrated/ground.

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Thank Ruleman
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