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.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Contemporary Italian, Organic, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am - 12 midnight
Baltimore and Fayette
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Private Party Facilities:
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 email@example.com
Private Party Contact:
Ricky Johnson: (443) 873-9427
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Very good food and convenient to the Hippodrome and the Everyman Theatre. Food is tasty and a lot healthier than many of the local spots. Service was friendly and relatively efficient considering that our server had too many tables. He did forget a number of little things we asked for (dressing on the side, extra fork, more water, etc) but on the whole he was pretty good.
We decided to have Dinner at Forno because it's located directly across from the
Hippodrome Theater. We were going to see Shen Yun. WOW what a incredible dining
experience. Cory was our server and went over and beyond for us. We let her know we
had about 3 hrs. before our event and wanted a leisurely dinner not rushed. She got our
drinks and appetizers and let us enjoy them first before taking our dinner order. The meatballs
and fried Oysters were so good! I loved the Brodetto (seafood stew) it was loaded with seafood
Yum! My husband enjoyed the Aglio pizza. We enjoyed the ice cream for dessert and Cappuccino. We definitely will be going back again!!
Went for a dinner with friends prior to a show at the Hippodrome. Server was very pleasant and efficient. Food was all amazingly delicious, and we loved being able to order small portions of pasta, which was more than enough. Pizza was tasty. They asked if we were going to a show when we arrived, and most likely that's why our dinners were out in a flash. Highly recommend Forno!
Overall, we absolutely loved the place, the food was excellent and the ambience was perfect. The only thing it was lacking was a knowledgeable server. I get that it could have been his first week or so and his service was great, but man - he didn't know the answer to a thing. Getting a description was equal to pulling teeth and his table greet was serverley lacking. It ended with "and yeah, that's basically it." No info about a special, nothing about the bone marrow dish they apparently had? I overheard him mention it to the next table and had to practically beg to figure out how it was prepared - which ended up being bare compared to the dish we received. It wasn't what I was hoping for when I ordered it for $12, but it wasn't bad. The prosciutto and arugula pizza was the best pizza we've ever had though. The figs balanced the savory and salty so perfectly. I'd definitely recommend the place!
My friend and I enjoyed dinner before a show at the Hippadrome this past weekend. We started with the local greens salad which was delicious! We shared an order of meatballs which were very tasty and the Farmer's pizza. The eggplant pesto was delicious, I even asked for more to add to the pizza. The rest if the veggies on the pizza were also delicious. For dessert I had the spiced carrot cake, amazing! My friend had the chocolate pot de creme, which was also fantastic. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. Would absolutely go back.
This is a favorite spot for us to go before Everyman theater performances. Everything was delicious as always. I loved the Crispy Skin Salmon - perfection! Raves around the table for everyone else's orders - especially the Tender Duck Confit. Our 6:15 reservation allowed us to relax and get us to the 8pm Everyman show with a few minutes to spare. Highly recommended!
Dinner was fine, actually quite good. Desert was slow, the server simply disappeared, and the hot coffee was ice cold. Instead of apologizing, replacement was sent, again cold, and very slow. Still no server. He made no attempt to absorb the $3.00 cost, as a courtesy, leaving a foul taste and experience to remember. A weak effort, from what seems to be a decent restaurant.
We enjoy dining at Forno before a show and this visit did not disappoint. Salad was good, fresh but would have been better with less dressing. Calamari appetizer was of generous size. Tasty garnished with hot red peppers. Occasional fishy taste. The absolute star of the dinner was the short rib! Crunchy coating covering melt-in-your mouth rib presented on a bed of sautéed greens, cubed butternut squash and squash purée. Delectable! Service, as usual, was great.
I love Forno's interpretation of "New Italian" cuisine. The chef uses classic dishes such as ravioli and stuffs them with lamb or mushrooms. The seasonings are rich and suitably selected. Fried oysters and mussels were excellent the evening we dined. Innovative takes on vegetables such as cauliflower. Nice variety of wine selections by the glass.
We ate here before a performance at Everyman. Our server, Cory, was the perfect mix of skill and attentiveness without hovering. She was upbeat and made helpful suggestions. My salad was very fresh and my tagliatelle was quite tasty. My husband had a seafood pasta and the kitchen put a different sauce on it at his request. This is a pleasant restaurant with a number of different seating options. We will return when we have our next theater performance.
We were very disappointed in Forno. We had obviously a much higher expectation based on reviews we had read. The food was mediocre at best and the portions were small even though we ordered large portions. Those portions were expensive for a restaurant of this type. Although the service was fine and our waitress attentive, the atmosphere was loud and crowded (we were sitting less than two feet from the next diners -- our tables were maybe a foot apart). If you are looking for a bar atmosphere, it might work, but we were expecting a more elegant experience. In short, we will never go back.
I was very impressed with the service - we had to call and change the time of our reservation and they were very accommodating. We arrived at 8pm on a Saturday - people were lined up but our table was ready and waiting - we really appreciated that after being outside freezing all day at a football game!
Our server was so professional, competent, friendly and gracious. The wine she recommended was excellent.
Nearly all the food was fantastic - I had this eggplant and garlic soup that was fabulous!. The gnocchi was great too. I tasted my daughter's chicken pizza and the peppers were way too strong for my taste. Wish they had bread for the table.
I would definitely go again - it was a great experience.
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