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Il Fornaio Restaurant Review: With Pacific views and interesting Del Mar people-watching, Il Fornaio remains a destination for rustic Italian fare. Eating on the large open-air deck is a must, as is ordering a nice glass of wine to accompany tomato-and-basil-topped bruschetta. Pizzas and pastas are specialties; we like the butternut squash-filled ravioli as well as the pizza Christina (mozzarella, prosciutto, Parmesan, mushrooms, wild arugula and white truffle oil). Hearty appetites will appreciate the calzone filled with ricotta, mozzarella, marinara sauce, ham and mushrooms. While the menu has steaks and chops, we tend to stick to what Il Fornaio and chef Roberto Carboni do best: homemade breads, lasagna and rotisserie chicken. Stop by the Enoteca wine bar for appetizers and drinks. Weekly happy hours from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. offer affordable pizzas, antipasti, wine and beer specials. Look for live music on the patio the 15th of each month.