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“Great Food”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #18 of 191 Restaurants in Manhattan Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Aviation Blvd.
Transit: Blue Line
Description: Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
Corona, California, USA
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed 22 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Food is excellent; so is the service. The surrounding is very nice and comfortable. However the menue pricing and quantity is misleading!

Visited September 2013
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English first
Westchester, California, USA
2 reviews
“Excellent Food and Service”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I found this restaurant to be of high quality, with a varied menu. The ambiance was also conducive to enjoying the meal.

Visited August 2013
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Newbury Park, California
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian near LAX!”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

My family met friends for dinner here, half-way between our homes. We also had to bring a family member to LAX, so this seemed like a convenient location for everybody. While I had never dined at an Il Fornaio restaurant, I had been to their bakeries to purchase their bread, which was very high quality. Everyone in our party ordered something different, and everyone enjoyed their meal. Most of us finished our meal, in fact! The bread the servers brought was, not surprisingly, delicious. The servers were dressed in suits and ties, adding to the pleasant atmosphere of the restaurant. The service they provided was excellent. I would definitely return to an Il Fornaio restaurant in the future!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank mariewt
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Kalapana, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Perfect Party Place”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

Having a party for 60 people in another city far from home can be difficult to manage. Il Fornaio had three different rooms to pick from, we chose the outside patio in August. The staff were extremely cooperative to modify their menus to my liking.

When we arrived there a bit early I did not like the exact configuration and they assembled a crew to rearrange the room instantly. During the course of the party no one was ever waiting for service, the food was magnificent and HOT!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Lorn D
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Tasteless lasagna”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

Overall mediocre food and service. Calamari was chewie. Lasagne was totally tasteless with absolutely no flavor. My risotto was okay but the artichokes were like cardboard. We couldn't complain since we never saw our waitress after the food was delivered. It was a special occasion that turned out to be not so special. We won't be returning soon.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank USNA70
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