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Il Fornaio

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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner


US$10 - US$50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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meals, features


individual appetizers ample enough to share
bruschetta al pomodoro
grilled ciabatta bread rubbed with garlic and topped with marinated chopped tomatoes, basil and kalamata olives
housemade flat bread topped with goat cheese, mozzarella, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, basil and oregano; baked in the oven
calamaretti fritti
baby squid, lightly floured and deep fried, served with spicy marinara
thinly sliced raw beef, shaved grana padano, capers and wild arugula, drizzled with lemon-olive oil
$16.95 per person
antipasto della casa
A sampling of authentic Italian antipasti including: prosciutto di parma, Italian salame, caprese tradizionale, bruschetta al pomodoro, grilled artichoke, grilled zucchini and eggplant, roasted bell pepper, grana padano, green and black olives
soups and dressings are made on site
minestrone di verdure
seasonal vegetable soup made with vegetable stock
insalata del fornaio
mixed greens, garlic croutons and shaved grana padano; house vinaigrette
caprese tradizionale
sliced heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and black olives; drizzled with basil-infused extra-virgin olive oil
insalata di bietole
organic red and gold beets with red wine vinegar, wild arugula, toasted walnuts and asiago cheese; lemon-olive oil dressing
insalata cesarina
romaine lettuce, grana padano, hardboiled egg and focaccia croutons; housemade caesar dressing
thin-crust pizza using housemade dough and mozzarella
mozzarella, tomato sauce, oregano and fresh basil
mozzarella, tomato‏ sauce, sliced artichokes, zucchini, eggplant, sliced tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh basil
Mozzarella, tomato sauce, Italian sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, red onions and spicy peperoncino oil
fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, shaved grana padano, mushrooms and wild arugula; drizzled with white truffle oil
mozzarella, ham,‏ artichokes, mushrooms, kalamata olives, oregano and tomato sauce
Fresh pasta made on site; dry artisan pasta from Italy.
gluten-free pasta available.
served in primi or secondi portions
capellini al pomodoro
angel hair pasta, chopped tomatoes, garlic, marinara sauce and fresh basil
tagliatelle alla bolognese
pasta ribbons with traditional meat ragu and grana padano
pennoni alla vodka
large pasta tubes with bacon, vodka-cream-tomato sauce and grana padano
conchiglie al pollo
shell pasta, chicken breast, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, pecorino cheese, roasted garlic and trebbiano wine
cappellacci di zucca
ravioli filled with butternut squash and walnuts served with tomato sauce, brown butter, grana padano and crispy sage
ravioli alla lucana
Organic spinach ravioli filled with Italian sausage, ricotta, grana padano and fennel; topped with fresh tomatoes, spicy tomato sauce with imported peperoncino, pecorino pepato cheese and fresh basil
cannelloni al fornox
large fresh‏ pasta tubes filled with free-range rotisserie chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta, pecorino, smoked mozzarella and organic spinach; topped with bechamel, marinara and mushrooms
Authentic Italian specialties from our rotisserie and grill
pollo toscano
free-range chicken seasoned with rosemary; served with sauteed seasonal vegetables and yukon gold roasted potatoes
scaloppine ai carciofi e limone
thinly-pounded veal sauteed with sliced fresh baby artichokes and lemon; served with roasted yukon gold potatoes and sauteed seasonal vegetables
grigliata di pesce misto
mixed grill of salmon, calamari, scallops, whitefish and prawns, topped with lemon-olive oil sauce; served with roasted yukon gold potatoes and broccolini
tagliata chianina
beef tenderloin grilled rare and sliced, topped with balsamic vinegar and green peppercorn sauce and served with sauteed organic spinach and roasted yukon gold potatoes
petto di pollo al peperoncino
grilled free-range chicken breast marinated with sage, rosemary, thyme, crushed red pepper, white wine, dijon mustard and lemon; served with spicy peperoncino sauce, sauteed organic spinach and roasted yukon gold potatoes
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good but pricey Italian food. Nice selections too. Waiter suggested some shared apps, but the table for 4 was so small that there really wasn't room for two shared plates - even though he set them on towers. Good quality food and it came quickly....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank cruiseagentandtaxman
nickatilfoPA, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi cruiseagentandtaxman, Thank you so much for dining with us. I'm sorry to see that the seating arrangement was a bit uncomfortable. Generally, our tables in our main dining room can easily accommodate four guests, and in the bar, the tables are a bit smaller...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been very frequent patrons of various il Fornaio restaurants. As a result, we know the menu by heart, so even before we get there, we always know what we'll order. We arrived at the Palo Alto place at 12;03 without a reservation, and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank David G
Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

I felt awful and do not intent to come back I arrived from a long trip and decided to have an early dinner I wasn’t fancily dressed but complete ok The lady started to walk me to a table and suddenly she said “actually, I...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank paulalD6662OY
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

My food came out cold. It was very disappointing since I was paining 20.00 for ravioli. The manager did return it to the kitchen and have them remake it. It was hot the second time around and the flavor was great. They apologized, but still...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ginarhall
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Nice location in downtown Palo Alto. I love the inside courtyard. Service is good. Food is fairly tasty. Parking next door.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AKW52245
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

We go there all the time. Have been since 1995 .. at least once a moth we go there for dinner o lunch.. they are an “Italian” family restaurant and the service is good. The food is sometimes better than others but it’s good food....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Culture31016
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

There is a reason I put the location in the title. I have simply not found a waaauw experience yet in Palo Alto when it comes to restaurants. This one offer quality food for reasonable prices but lacks personality and interest in their customer. It’s...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank igeert
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Il fornaio has been a staple in our repertoire for many years now. We have been there for events, business meetings and Saturday afternoon lite dinners. Food is always consistently good, staff attentive.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Marty K
Reviewed 12 October 2018

I have eaten at the Palo Alto Il Forniao three times now, all business meals while visiting the area. All meals have been excellent, especially the mixed grilled seafood (see pic) that I had at a recent dinner and the Cantadina omelette I ate at...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Toledo_Tooleman
Reviewed 10 October 2018

I've gone to Il Fornaio for years, and have never had a bad meal. There's an array of things to eat, with an array of prices. The service is most accommodating, their patio is a delight on a summer day. Negatives -- their table for...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Diana D
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25 December 2018|
Response from Larry-Calif | Reviewed this property |
I usually get the glass of the house red or white for $6. My limit is one glass. Yes. There is a Corksge Fee if you bring in your iwn botte of wine. It is best to call the restaurant directly for orice of the Corkage Fee... More
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