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Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio Palo Alto

Italian Restaurant$$$$
University South, Palo Alto
  • Ranked #5 for Italian restaurants in Palo Alto
  • Frank R.
    "Excellent atmosphere, an the power breakfast spot in downtown PA."(10 Tips)
    Catherine C.
    "Best happy hour in Palo Alto."(4 Tips)
    Renee B.
    "Delicious pizzas"(7 Tips)
    v f.
    "really good and for dessert try the Zabaglione!!"(3 Tips)
45 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • Italian food
  • happy hour
  • pizza
  • outdoor seating
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  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinNovember 17, 2017
    Expensive for lunch, unless you just cashed in on your IPO.
  • TTbinTT T.
    TTbinTT TaherApril 28, 2017
    Great atmosphere
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MillerDecember 21, 2016
    Great service! Really felt at home. Made it a great night with the family.
  • Gabriela Z.
    Gabriela ZagoApril 12, 2016
    You can almost have a full meal with just the incredible olive bread that come before the main dish.
  • Renee T.
    Renee TeefiveApril 30, 2015
    They have delicious pizza.
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakOctober 15, 2014
    Great pizza
  • Renee B.
    Renee BudakOctober 15, 2014
    Delicious pizzas
  • Jon
    JonSeptember 27, 2014
    Great Italian in town!
  • Catherine C.
    Catherine CohenSeptember 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best happy hour in Palo Alto. Pizzas are a great at $6. Brunch is also fabulous. Get the French toast
  • Nicky K.
    Nicky K.August 19, 2014
    It's just not that good. Coming from nyc I can be a snob with italian food in California. It's never as good.
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaAugust 17, 2014
    Monopoly guy is the chef here
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaAugust 17, 2014
    Try the Conchiglie Al Pollo w/ sun dried tomatoes, delish
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChenAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The cafe is a good place to work. Couple plugs, WiFi, good coffee.
  • Devans00 ..
    Devans00 .August 8, 2014
    Look for the little Italian cookies in glass jars near the bar. Dolce.
  • Robin S.
    Robin SamJuly 18, 2014
    Excellent bar. Excellent food.
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JoeJuly 14, 2014
    Classic Palo Alto Italian restaurant
  • Xina L.
    Xina LoJanuary 8, 2014
    Cappellacci di Zucca, ravioli filled with butternut squash and walnuts -- splendid! Highly recommended!
  • Ilya G.
    Ilya GorenburgMarch 23, 2013
    We've been waiting for pancakes for 45 minutes. Think before you order them in case you're in a hurry
  • Eddy C.
    Eddy CDecember 24, 2012
    Food and service were horrendous
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiMay 26, 2012
    Good Italian, but by great. Excellent atmosphere, an the power breakfast spot in downtown PA. Try the crespelle at breakfast. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShiMay 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good place to go for happy hour. 4-6:30PM. $5 for food and drinks. $3 beers.
  • Emmy S.
    Emmy SouthworthMarch 22, 2012
    Good gnocchi
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShiFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of VCs come here for breakfast.
  • Ray K.
    Ray KasbarianDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Superb breakfast vegetables and poached egg
  • Jeffrey S.
    Jeffrey SwansonNovember 20, 2011
    Best place to meet the power players!
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan SilverthorneNovember 6, 2011
    Stay away from the lobster bisque. It's not a bisque at all, and it has shrimp. The minestrone is quite good though.
  • Karla
    KarlaOctober 9, 2011
    French toast at breakfast is fantastic.
  • Karla
    KarlaOctober 9, 2011
    Share a pizza at the bar seats. It's a lot of fun to watch the cooks prepare meals.
  • Julia Y.
    Julia YAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Otherwise, normally awesome service and food. One of our favorite Italian places downtown.
  • Julia Y.
    Julia YAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ooh, avoid bald waiter if you have kids. Seemed pissed off at serving us even though it was early and kids were well behaved. Otherwise,
  • Ekaterina O.
    Ekaterina ObukhovaFebruary 21, 2011
    Stupid to eat Italian food here, go to tamarin in a conner from here.
  • Bo S.
    Bo SternJanuary 20, 2011
    Try the Shrimp Risotto - Outstanding with parmesan, fresh pepper and a twist of lemon
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 26, 2010
    Try the Tiramisu
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonOctober 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you want to take advantage of the happy hour, show up early. It gets packed. $5 pizza and $5 wine will do that.
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    They have a crazy newish happy hour. Five dollar wine, five dollar pizza. Can't beat it.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BaggottSeptember 24, 2010
    Great location for a business luncheon and rent the patio out for an outstanding dinner party - they have two private event spaces! Read more
  • Philippe T.
    Philippe TregonJuly 15, 2010
    Great food, service and setting
  • Anna R.
    Anna RavenscroftMay 9, 2010
    Watch out for dueling specials. We went for the campania special and even called first to check. Turns out they only had the brunch special at 2 pm.
  • v f.
    v fApril 24, 2010
    The Leonardo (strawberry Bellini) is deelish! The spinach salad is really good and for dessert try the Zabaglione!! Mmmmm!!!
  • Axel S.
    Axel SchultzeApril 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Say hi to Alexey - the master behind the bar. He is awesome.
  • Steven F.
    Steven FanMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The patio is a great setting for a nice lunch.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RifkinMarch 1, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Thanks for the tip to introduce myself to strangers Brett. They were amused.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarksOctober 31, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for breakfast - delicious fresh-baked toast + smoked bacon
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngNovember 22, 2015
    Pizza! Pasta eh
  • Jesus V.
    Jesus VicoJuly 22, 2015
    Muy buena carne y ensalada 😊👍
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