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Il Fornaio

24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
+1 626-683-9797
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good35%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (16 reviews)
“affogato” (3 reviews)
“pollo” (3 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The food is always very good at Il Fornaio. The service staff are very nice, though the food is a little slow coming out of the kitchen. The bar is very inviting, and if the weather is nice, the outside patio is appealing.

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'm from Phila so I'm on lookout for Italian rest - real ones. This place could make it back home -- thats saying a lot. Had the calamari, a delicious leek n pot soup and a special order of ling w clam sauce, that wasnt...More

Thank JeremiahF
Reviewed 2 days ago

Parking on Friday night is difficult. The parking structures were full at 6:30 p.m. We ate on the patio with high glass walls. Perfect weather for that. A friendly waiter took our drink, dinner, and dessert orders. Everything else was done by about four or...More

Thank CASanMarino
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a very good moment while eating in that restaurant. Believe me as I'm Italian and used to check restaurants. The menu is not too long which is good. Dishes are from Italian tradition and well cooked. Personnel is prepared and smiling and plenty...More

Thank 270GianlucaP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Working nearby, I've stopped in for the build-your-own salad del on Wednesday, which is a good deal at $6.00. The Thursday pasta deal offers a decent portion of rotini pasta with several different sauces. Their wood-fired oven pizza was delightful. There's casual seating in a...More

Thank lietuva_9
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'll Fornaio is a chain, but a good one. I had veal scaloppini with artichoke and lemon. My husband had spaghetti with raw tomato sauce. Both were excellent. The restaurant was large but we ate outside on a patio. Service was a little rushed and...More

Thank DEngelJ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to Il Fornaio a couple of times for brunch on a weekend and have thoroughly enjoyed myself, Very nice employees, great service and very good food. Nice atmosphere both with inside and outside seating. Conveniently located next to Crate & Barrel which can...More

Thank vicdru
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were here on business and decided to explore Old Pasadena. I had been to Il Fornaio in Del Mar years ago, but it was time to try it again. We sat outside on the patio in the Old Pasadena courtyard. It was a lovely...More

1  Thank Sa-i44
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We came here because we were staying close by at the Residence Inn. We didn't have a reservation, but got seated right away. My husband had the pasta with vodka sauce. Extremely different tubular shaped pasta with bacon. I had the linguine with the meatballs....More

Thank Jovimom09
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I had planned to go to Gales, but there was a wait of 30 minutes. I'm glad we came here instead. The Il Fornaio restaurant is spacious, bright, and clean. You can see the cooks -- and they are very busy at times! My colleague...More

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Bruce C
Antipasto? Spaghetti meat balls?
22 January 2017|
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Response from Diane F | Reviewed this property |
Many antipasti and pasta dishes, some unusual and inventive. Specializes in regional cuisine of Italy on rotating menu.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
    (Fair Oaks Blvd.)
  • Public Transportation: Metrolink and Gold Line
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-683-9797
  • E-mail