About Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar
Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar specializes in seasonal, local, and sustainable Modern Italian Cuisine, featuring handmade pastas and brick oven pizzas. Located in the Bromo Tower Arts District, across from the Hippodrome Theater, next to Everyman theater, and a short walk from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Royal Farms Arena, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore Convention Center, the Inner Harbor, and tons of other downtown attractions. Forno offers daily specials, including weekday happy hour and bottomless brunch on the weekends. Our late night menu offers a variety of brick oven pizzas that your tastebuds will love. We also offer gluten-free pizzas and pastas along with a variety of vegetarian options.
Contemporary Italian, Organic, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am - 12 midnight
Baltimore and Fayette
$30 and under
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We offer validated parking for the first 2 hours in the Landmark CenterPoint parking garage located at 310 N. Baltimore St. You may access our restaurant directly from the parking garage, via our back entrance.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Forno is available for private bookings. With a 130-seated capacity, a 45 seated private dinning room, as well as a 6-seat private chef's table, there are several options for private dinning, cocktail receptions and other functions. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
My daughter and I were in town for a con ...
My daughter and I were in town for a convention and had an itch for some Italian food. I did a check online and found Forno. They had good reviews which was great but as soon as I read they served "homemade pasta" it was a done deal. I make my own pasta all the time and if you've ever had it you know there's just no comparison. to prepackaged pasta. The Gnocchi with Spinach and Italian sausage was outstanding as was our other dish with a bolognese sauce. Forgot the name of it but it was delicious. If you're in Baltimore and near the inner Harbor/Mount Vernon area I highly recommend checking this place out for some good Italian food. If you're idea of really good Italian food is the Olive Garden then this place might not be for you although I'm sure the chef can have someone run to the store and pick up a jar of sauce for you.
Pleasantly surprised with this restauran ...
Pleasantly surprised with this restaurant. The people were so nice, and the food was delicious. It was right across the street from where we were seeing a show, and they even gave us a ticket that took a lot off of our parking in the garage down the street. Great place!
Since we dined on a theatre night, servi ...
Since we dined on a theatre night, service in the bar area was most confusing to say the least. The small high top next to the bar is where we planted and found after a long wait in line at the bar, that wait staff needed to take our order for wine and beer. Go figure. They were quick and got us out on time however.
The restaurant was unexpectedly quiet on ...
The restaurant was unexpectedly quiet on a Saturday evening. Why? The food was mediocre. The service was prompt but we had to ask for bread. I ordered a squid ink risotto with asparagus and lobster. I could not find any lobster and the dish was a bland black lump. My wife ordered a sausage and gnocchi dish which was prettier in appearance but was not that dramatically good.
We arrived on time and were seated promptly. I suspect we were receiving the last food before the kitchen closed for the evening @ 11pm on a Saturday night in Baltimore. That being said, I wont write this place off until I've had an opportunity to try them at an earlier hour of the evening.
Great place to go just prior to a show at the Hippodrome across the street.
I have never been disappointed dining at ...
I have never been disappointed dining at Forno. The food is always excellent with wonderful service. I recommend making reservations well in advance if there is a show at the Hippodrome or Everyman Theatre as this is a popular dining spot for those attending a show.
This little neighborhood gem is just del ...
This little neighborhood gem is just delightful! The rustic, inviting decor, the selection of hops and the brick oven pizzas are awesome! We went pre-theatre and had a great time, so convenient to the Hippodrome & Royal Farms Arena venues! Check it out for sure, you won't be disappointed. The salads, apps and entrees were also superb.
A bit disappointed
I have been to this restaurant several times before. I have to say that I was disappointed with the food and the service this time. I ordered the pasta bolognaise. and it came out very quickly, but was on the cold side and the pasta was clumped together and a bit hard. It tasted like it was sitting there for a while. The farmers pizza was also ordered that was very flavorful. We ordered 2 desserts. Both were just ok. The chocolate mousse with salted caramel was just ok, the brownies that were on top were hard and tasted a bit stale. The salted caramel sauce was outstanding. The Mango semifreddo was ok. It didn't really taste like mango though. I have had the chocolate hazel nut semifreddo several times before and that has always been wonderful and one of the reason's that we keep coming back. Our waiter seem to be pre occupied. It seems that he has 2/3 tables in our section and tables elsewhere in the restaurant. He wasn't very attentive, didn't visit us often, and took a while to get back to us.
I will chalk this up to a bad night in the restaurant, perhaps there were new people in the kitchen. I will try it again and hope for better results.
Convenient for the Theater
We visited Forno prior to going to a show at The Hippdrome. Not only is it very convenient, the food was very, very good. Having had pasta the first time I dined there, this past time I had the pizza...it was delicious. And the Affogato for dessert was to die for!
Convenient, good food
Went to Forno before preformance at Royal Farms with friends. Food was better than average but the menu is limited. The waiter was poor...didn't even know the size of the pizzas (their signature dish), had to request more beer, salt and pepper twice before he could remember. the kitchen was slow on Thurs night so on busy weekends it could be an issue. Would recommend it if you love Italian food and have lots of time. Napkins gave us a good laugh...they use red shop rags for napkins. Guess it adds to the rustic theme.
Serves the purpose
There aren't many places to dine near Everyman. We cycle between Heidi's, Maiwand Grill and Forno. Forno is by far the nicest of the 3 in terms of ambience. The food is fine - but not my favorite. The pizza is really good - but I don't like to eat a lot of pizza. Their other dishes are pretty uneven. Some are heavily spiced, and others - like the gnocchi - are really quite unbalanced in terms of flavor. The gnocchi itself is clearly homemade, but bland and weak-textured. I did have a lovely cocktail and the dessert was really good - the chocolate mousse with brownie and yummy salted caramel. We'll go back - but will wish we had another nice place to choose from.
Great pre-theater dinner spot!
Ambiance, food and value are great. In fact, food is very tasty and I've tried a variety of menu items, including various appetizers. Service seems hit and miss. It is quick and efficient, especially for the pre-theater crowd, but seems to lack in friendliness and engagement. I will continue to return, however, since it is an ideal spot before watching a show at Hippodrome or Everyman Theatre. Thanks.
We are season ticket holders at Everyman Theatre and have seen Forno advertised in playbills for a few years. We decided to try it before our play last week and I was really optimistic about it, even after seeing mixed reviews. We started with a glass of wine, a bit on the warm side even for red wine. I had the Caesar salad and the server made a point of letting us know that the anchovies were in the dressing. Anchovies are a turn-off for my husband, but I had the salad and it was fine - more of a deconstructed salad. I tasted no anchovies at all and wondered why the server told us about them being in the dressing. For dinner, I had the bologna se and my husband had the pizza. The server said the bolognese was one of her favorites. I found it only so-so. It was very bland. Edible, but not enjoyable. My husband's pizza had a nice thin crust, but it was limp (I could see as soon as he picked up a slice the it wouldn't be crispy). And it had too much cheese. I heard the server interact with a couple next to us - apparent regulars - including discussion about the dessert menu. I waited for ours, thinking I might try some gelato. It never came. Our meal came to nearly $100 and wasn't worth it.
Very close to the theater- food was just ok
Server was great, very attentive. Salads were nice and large. We ordered small pasta dishes and they were small. The gnocchi dish had exactly 12 gnocchi. The squid ink risotto was better than it sounded, but there were only 2 small pieces of lobster in the dish. Nice that there was gluten free pasta as an option. Server was able to get us out in time for our theater start time.
My friend and I had tickets to Everyman ...
My friend and I had tickets to Everyman Theater, and Forno is a great pre-show option. The wine list was extensive, and the server was knowledgable about the wine choices. We split the asparagus appetizer, and a truffle pizza. I would recommend letting the server know in the beginning that you are going to a show, however, as they did not rush to get the check to us. I recommend this place to anyone who is in that part of town for a show. Not sure I'd go as a destination in itself
We were there on a Sunday night. It was ...
We were there on a Sunday night. It was not crowded at all. The food was really sub-par. It was one of those occasions where I spent $150 for a meal (for four people - no alcohol) and knew, just as the food was served, that it would be disappointing. The service was slow. And one final point: they have a choice of a full or a half-portion for things like pasta. I chose a half-portion, for $14.00, and it was TINY.
I don't mind paying a moderate to high price for fair to excellent food. But I hate paying money for just plain bad food, and I'm sorry to say that is what we got at Forno.
We had been to Forno's in the past. We w ...
We had been to Forno's in the past. We were somewhat disappointed this time in that the Caesar salads (2) was asked to be divided. Instead, two 6 inch whole wedges of lettuce with a whisk of dressing, a couple of anchovies, a few pieces of crouton like bread. The pizzas were fine. as was the fetachini and resoto.
Forno was a great choice for our monthly ...
Forno was a great choice for our monthly family gathering. The ambiance was classy but vibrant and the food choices were very good while being reasonably priced. The service was competent; overall very good experience. I plan to dine at Forno again.
Food was Good, Service was Lacking
My date and I really enjoyed the food. However the service was lacking. It would be understandable if the place was busy but since there was only our table and three others, it wasn't too busy. Our waiter was friendly, but we always had to flag her down for refills and to get her attention for anything. Usually at a win bar it's expected that the waiter/waitress isn't as attentive but the service was too slow and almost no existent.
My daughter and I were out for her 11th birthday for a Daddy-daughter date night to see Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I was running late so had to push our reservation by 20 minutes. Even though we were in a rush the staff was there to help push us through so we wouldn't miss the event. We stopped by after the performance for an after show dessert. Excellent food and drink - looking forward to going back.
Service was excellent at the dining room ...
Service was excellent at the dining room the only complain I have about it is when we ordered the charcuterie platters we weren't informed on what was what in the platter, we had to guess on our own but overall everyone really nice and we were taken care of, this is our 3rd time here and we will be back!
We like small plates
We eat at Forno because it's close to Everyman Theatre and because it features small plates. if the food were not also excellent, we wouldn't bother. But they have very inventive food and some of our favorite hard cider. The service is good and atmosphere is lively at 6-7 PM before the theatre. But you need to make a reservation, even on a weeknight.
Great after a Matinee
I made reservations to dine at Forno after a matinee theater performance at the Hippodrome theater across the street. We arrived early and were seated promptly. The food was excellent. Their menu selection is small, but shows a good variety of choices, including some vegetarian items. The staff was friendly. They do get busy after theater performances and I would recommend making a reservation during these time.
My friend and I have season tickets to Everyman Theater so we eat at
Forno's 6 times a year. We've enjoyed the food on previous occasions
but this last visit was surprisingly awful. I ordered the grilled
asparagus appetizer and the stalks were so thick and woody at the
bottom that I couldn't saw them off with a knife.
We split the shellfish main entree. A big blob of tasteless
polenta filled up most of the bowl, surrounded by a thin ribbon of pinkish
sauce, presumably tomato. There were the odd bits of shellfish in
the ribbon and about 5 mussels on top.
We each managed to find a bite of lobster.
My friend and I ate the teasponfuls of sauce and left the polenta.
All this for $28.00.
We'll definitely return based on our previous experiences. Hopefully this
was just an off night.
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