Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


Upscale chain restaurant inspired by classic Italian baking and specializing in trattoria-style cuisine.


Cuisine

Open
Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly
Features

* Click here for rating key



Il Fornaio, Irvine, CA


Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.


Il Fornaio Restaurant Review

: Irvine's branch of this Italian chain is quite chic, with its blond woods and bistro-esque outdoor patio. Its core lunch and dinner menus include a selection of antipasti, soups, salads, wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, grilled and rotisserie-roasted meats, and a wide variety of desserts. The open kitchen is a delight to watch, and so is the action in the bakery just beyond it, which sells Italian-style breads as well as pastries and coffee. Entrées include the veal scaloppine with baby artichokes and lemon and the grilled beef tenderloin with balsamic vinegar and green peppercorn sauce. Pizzas are particularly solid bets (try the vegetarian option), as are fresh pasta dishes such as seafood linguine or shells with chicken broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes. The restaurant also shows off a progressive side by offering a long list of gluten-free items, including several gluten-free pastas. Traditional sweets like tiramisu and spumoni gelato are on hand to help round out the meal. There's a good selection of Italian wines, and the patio accommodates schmoozing and people-watching.





10-Year Tawny Port, Ramos Pinto, Quinta de Ervamoira
WINE OF THE WEEK | GAYOT.com

In GAYOT's latest Wine of the Week learn about the origin of Port wine, its grape varietals, its various types and then read the review of a 10-Year Port.





WINE OF THE WEEK | GAYOT.com

GAYOT's Wine & Spirits Editor presents the
Wine of the Week, featuring tasting notes as well as history on the vineyards and winemaker.

DINING IN PROVENCE

The charm of Provence right on your table.

Read the article and see photos.

Proper Hotel Santa Monica RooftopThe view is not the only reason to dine at Calabra in Santa Monica, CA.

Read the review and see photos.