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Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio Palo Alto

Italian Restaurant$$$$
University South, Palo Alto
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7.5/10
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  • Ranked #3 for Italian restaurants in Palo Alto
  • Tariq I.
    "$5 pizzas during happy hour"(2 Tips)
    Catherine C.
    "Best happy hour in Palo Alto."(5 Tips)
    Frank R.
    "Excellent atmosphere, an the power breakfast spot in downtown PA."(10 Tips)
    v f.
    "really good and for dessert try the Zabaglione!!"(3 Tips)
42 Tips and reviews
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  • Gabriela Z.
    You can almost have a full meal with just the incredible olive bread that come before the main dish.
    Gabriela Zago · April 12
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  • Renee T.
    They have delicious pizza.
    Renee Teefive · April 30, 2015
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  • Renee B.
    Great pizza
    Renee Budak · October 15, 2014
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  • Renee B.
    Delicious pizzas
    Renee Budak · October 15, 2014
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  • Jon
    Great Italian in town!
    Jon · September 27, 2014
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  • Catherine C.
    Best happy hour in Palo Alto. Pizzas are a great at $6. Brunch is also fabulous. Get the French toast
    Catherine Cohen · September 3, 2014
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  • Nicky K.
    It's just not that good. Coming from nyc I can be a snob with italian food in California. It's never as good.
    Nicky K. · August 19, 2014
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  • Yesi O.
    Monopoly guy is the chef here
    Yesi Orihuela · August 17, 2014
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  • Yesi O.
    Try the Conchiglie Al Pollo w/ sun dried tomatoes, delish
    Yesi Orihuela · August 17, 2014
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  • Andrew C.
    The cafe is a good place to work. Couple plugs, WiFi, good coffee.
    Andrew Chen · August 10, 2014
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  • Devans00 ..
    Look for the little Italian cookies in glass jars near the bar. Dolce.
    Devans00 . · August 8, 2014
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  • Robin S.
    Excellent bar. Excellent food.
    Robin Sam · July 18, 2014
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  • Sarah J.
    Classic Palo Alto Italian restaurant
    Sarah Joe · July 14, 2014
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  • Xina L.
    Cappellacci di Zucca, ravioli filled with butternut squash and walnuts -- splendid! Highly recommended!
    Xina Lo · January 8, 2014
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  • Ilya G.
    We've been waiting for pancakes for 45 minutes. Think before you order them in case you're in a hurry
    Ilya Gorenburg · March 23, 2013
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  • Eddy C.
    Food and service were horrendous
    Eddy C · December 24, 2012
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  • Frank R.
    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
    Frank Rimalovski · May 26, 2012
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  • Daniel S.
    Good place to go for happy hour. 4-6:30PM. $5 for food and drinks. $3 beers.
    Daniel Shi · May 18, 2012
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  • Emmy S.
    Good gnocchi
    Emmy Southworth · March 22, 2012
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  • Daniel S.
    Lots of VCs come here for breakfast.
    Daniel Shi · February 26, 2012
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  • Ray K.
    Superb breakfast vegetables and poached egg
    Ray Kasbarian · December 30, 2011
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  • Jeffrey S.
    Best place to meet the power players!
    Jeffrey Swanson · November 20, 2011
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  • Jordan S.
    Stay away from the lobster bisque. It's not a bisque at all, and it has shrimp. The minestrone is quite good though.
    Jordan Silverthorne · November 6, 2011
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  • Karla
    French toast at breakfast is fantastic.
    Karla · October 9, 2011
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  • Karla
    Share a pizza at the bar seats. It's a lot of fun to watch the cooks prepare meals.
    Karla · October 9, 2011
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  • Julia Y.
    Otherwise, normally awesome service and food. One of our favorite Italian places downtown.
    Julia Y · August 26, 2011
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  • Julia Y.
    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,
    Julia Y · August 26, 2011
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  • Ekaterina O.
    Stupid to eat Italian food here, go to tamarin in a conner from here.
    Ekaterina Obukhova · February 21, 2011
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  • Bo S.
    Try the Shrimp Risotto - Outstanding with parmesan, fresh pepper and a twist of lemon
    Bo Stern · January 20, 2011
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  • Foodspotting
    Try the Tiramisu
    Foodspotting · December 26, 2010
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  • Charles H.
    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 Hudson · October 16, 2010
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  • Charles H.
    They have a crazy newish happy hour. Five dollar wine, five dollar pizza. Can't beat it.
    Charles Hudson · October 2, 2010
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  • Amy B.
    Great location for a business luncheon and rent the patio out for an outstanding dinner party - they have two private event spaces! Read more
    Amy Baggott · September 24, 2010
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  • Tariq I.
    $5 pizzas during happy hour
    Tariq Ismael · September 23, 2010
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  • Philippe T.
    Great food, service and setting
    Philippe Tregon · July 15, 2010
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  • Anna R.
    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.
    Anna Ravenscroft · May 9, 2010
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  • v f.
    The Leonardo (strawberry Bellini) is deelish! The spinach salad is really good and for dessert try the Zabaglione!! Mmmmm!!!
    v f · April 24, 2010
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  • Axel S.
    Say hi to Alexey - the master behind the bar. He is awesome.
    Axel Schultze · April 1, 2010
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  • Steven F.
    The patio is a great setting for a nice lunch.
    Steven Fan · March 20, 2010
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  • Adam R.
    Thanks for the tip to introduce myself to strangers Brett. They were amused.
    Adam Rifkin · March 1, 2010
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  • Kevin M.
    Come for breakfast - delicious fresh-baked toast + smoked bacon
    Kevin Marks · October 31, 2009
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  • Julius T.
    Pizza! Pasta eh
    Julius Tarng · November 22, 2015
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  • Jesus V.
    Muy buena carne y ensalada 😊👍
    Jesus Vico · July 22, 2015
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