Fornello Trattoria1011 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL, 60613 , Lake View East
almost 7 years ago
I really enjoyed this place but looks like they are now closed/out of business. Been locked up since mid-June with a sign on the door they will be closed "June 20 and 22l but hasn't opened up and it's July 4. Anyone know what's going on? Would be too bad if they closed - great neighborhood place with good food.
almost 7 years ago
Has Fornello's closed for good?? Been here to eat a few times and really enjoyed the fresh pasta, fish and other menu items. Staff was always pleasant and...
about 7 years ago
I cannot say enough about the dining experience my girlfriend and I had at Fornello. We sat at a high-top table at the front of the bar, as we wished to sample the $1 oysters. As we were discussing it, the manager, who was seating customers as they came in, heard us discussing it and guided us to our table. He then asked if we still wanted oysters and placed the order as we were sitting down. After drinks were delivered, the oysters followed immediately and were devoured. They were better than most $1 oysters, and we decided to order 6 more. The server (the bartender), Cheryl, was quick, efficient and super helpful in making entree decisions. We were both greatly surprised with the dishes and loved every bite. We would highly recommend visiting this location again and very likely will make this a regular destination on a regular basis! Two thumbs up! Accepts credit cards. 10 beers and a few wines on tap. Full bar. Orders to go. Fully attentive staff. Good work!
over 8 years ago
I live in the area and have ordered from here multiple times 3 ways: eat-in, carry-out, and delivery. Carry out portions appear to be smaller than when dining in and can be a bit pricey. When eating in, Eliot the host, is super friendly and attentive. I like that he gives us one menu to snuggle close over and makes suggestions on what to order-- which I have ordered, unfortunately, I did not think they were worth writing home about. I know Rachael Ray has endorsed this restaurant, so I was expecting it to be fantastic. It's good enough to satiate my quest for Italian comfort food until I get off my lazy butt and make my own 2 hour meat sauce. I do like their fresh warm bread that they bring out as an appetizer with a tomato based sauce with a dash of grated parmesan cheese. They kindly oblige when we ask for more! - Bruschetta was soggy by the time it was delivered and not very flavorful. - Baked clams were pretty good. - Spaghetti is completely mediocre, like it was out of a jar. - Wild Boar Ragu with freshly made pappardelle, meat was tender and noodles were al dente but overall, needed more seasoning. - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Timballo Macaroni - love this dish!
over 8 years ago
As a frequent visitor to the Chicago area I'm always on the lookout for a good Italian neighborhood style restaurant. After seeing a game at wrigley this...
almost 9 years ago
Everything on the menu is amazing! So many delicious, authentic Italian flavors.....you won't be disappointed! Tip - Start with the Italian Sausage and...
about 9 years ago
This review is based solely on their pick-up/takeout service. I pre-ordered the steak dinner online for pickup after work (about 2 hours between order and desired pick-up time). I specified how I wanted the steak cooked in the online order and provided my phone number in case they needed to get in touch. My order wasn't ready at the time indicated, and I never received a phone call to update me on the status or ask a question about the order. Besides being late, the steak was overcooked (ordered medium rare, received well done) and completely cold. I'm not even sure how a restaurant can be late with my order and still give it to me cold. I wasn't impressed. Their sit-down service might be better, but I was disappointed with the meal.
over 9 years ago
The food has NO taste. Italian restaurant that doesn't cook a simple spaghetti. I ordered two order of spaghetti for a pickup. Paid around $27.00. 5 min later when we opened the the package, 1' there was no forks, no napkins, no cheese. 2, the bead that came with it was cold and plain French bread. 3, the sauce on the spaghetti was very very thin and teste less. I can make a better sauce than this.Next time, Giordano s is my place. Under $20.00 I can get very good orders for spaghetti.
almost 10 years ago
Service was fair at best. We did not enjoy our food. The mussels were the smallest i have ever seen and i say seen because there was no meat in the shells to eat. The pena pasta and sausage was awful, there was a taste in my dish that was not good. Would I go back NO
over 10 years ago
Excellent food! The wait staff really knows the menu. I've gone a few times and the food never disappoints. It is a bit on the expensive side, but well worth it! Right by the Sheridan red line!
over 11 years ago
I would highly highly recommend this restaurant!! Wonderful service and food is very very good!! Big portions for a decent price. Main course meals 12.95-19.00 mostly/on average. We WILL return!!
over 12 years ago
Pros: Adorable, urban gardeny small patio Sexy foreign waiters with sexy foreign waiter accents grilled calamari polenta Cons: My and my friend's pasta was...