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Il Fornaio

24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
+1 626-683-9797
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“pollo” (5 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I'd missed authentic Italian food since leaving NYC and moving to Pasadena, and although this is a chain, they do a great job with both food and service! They have regional specialties which vary through the year, as well as an expansive main menu. Only...More

Thank Nina G
Reviewed 4 days ago

No El Fornaio where we live so we went for the old standbys. Pizza and meatballs. Great dining room and professional service. Moderate prices. Highly recommend. Nice outside option in good weather.

Thank canuck22SanFrancisco
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful restaurant building, although a bit noisy, and the patio looked like a “10” when the weather improves. Provided a window table we requested on OpenTable when we made the reservation. Service was below par, did not promptly request to fill my empty wine glass,...More

Thank Seabreeze48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant was pleasant and well appointed. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. We ordered two small pizza's for four of us along with 4 glasses of wine. The meal was fine and the wine tasty. I felt that the overall cost at $117 was...More

Thank Ken K
Reviewed 4 February 2018

I love this restaurant. When my finance first came to Los Angeles, THIS is the restaurant I took her too. We ate outside on the patio - elegant, casual, great service, great food. Great experience. That was 15 years ago. I still regard IL FORNAIO...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

You will be welcomed with that italian aroma... mixture of bread and wine and coffee... you have not even started yet and you feel like where is the party. The smell is not that typical restaurant where you can just want to head out. Here,...More

Thank Weiss W
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

I couldn’t ask for a better experience. Spaghetti Con Poltenttine was just an awesome fill in the company of good friends.

Thank gnyabera
Reviewed 10 January 2018

We were visiting Pasadena recently for the Rose Parade with a rather large group. I was tasked with trying to find a place - last minute, on New Year's Eve for no less than 12. LOL. Since we were still on East coast time on...More

Thank Melray61
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Went there for New Years Eve and was a little disappointed. Lobster ravioli was bland as was the chicken. Service was slow. Meatballs and calamari appetizers were actually the best items. Assuming since it was New Years Eve, it was not the best night to...More

Thank Peepye
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

This is one of the original restaurants in old Pasadena, must be 20 to 30 years successful. A big menu of Italian food with many fish choices, steaks and lots of pasta dishes. Excellent professional wait staff too.

Thank PilotMichael
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Bruce C
21 January 2017|
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Response from Diane F | Reviewed this property |
Many antipasti and pasta dishes, some unusual and inventive. Specializes in regional cuisine of Italy on rotating menu.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
    (Fair Oaks Blvd.)
  • Public Transportation: Metrolink and Gold Line
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-683-9797
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