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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Il Fornaio Restaurant Review: This California chain outpost is a pleasant place, and includes a café and bar area done in gleaming white tiles, a sunny room with a retractable roof for the rare gorgeous days in Portland, and a dining room with lots of wood, fireplaces and stunning old photographs. For about a week every month, each restaurant in the chain serves a menu prepared by one of the chefs in Il Fornaio's empire, all the dishes stemming from a region in Italy. When things are really cooking, Il Fornaio can be very good. But there are times the food has a corporate feel. But often enough everything works. Though the menu changes frequently, look for entrées such as spit-roasted rabbit wrapped in pancetta, and such items as asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and served on wild greens. For lighter meals, the designer pizzas are enticing, and the pastas usually dependable. The best reason for coming here is the bread, which is made and sold on site.