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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, Modern European, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Eutaw and Fayette
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer validated parking for 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.
Light Rail, Bus
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Overall the dining experience was fine, but the food lacked taste. We mentioned the pasta did not have any taste and it was removed. At the same time it was removed the bread was brought. Not sure why the bread was brought after the appetizers and the main meal. The server was nice, but I did notice his nails seemed dirty. It's just not something you want to see when someone is handing you food. The staff was very pleasant and ambiance was very nice.
A great place to dine when attending a show at the Hippodrome. We came in to Baltimore from Pennsylvania for a matinee and appreciated the convenience of Forno, plus the food was perfect. Unusual modern Italian, very interesting dishes and pizzas, plus small plates made for a great dining experience.
The reservation process was not perfect but worked out fine. We used Open Table and were unable to get our preferred time, perhaps due to being rather late in making it. Forno's telephone listing went straight to voice mail, and stated the mail box was full, which did not elicit confidence, but the hostess worked with us for a table. She was very pleasant and helpful.
Overall we certainly enjoyed Forno, and we will return again.
I chose Forno Restaurant and Wine Bar because it is across the street from the France Merrick PAC Hippodrome Theater where we were going directly following our brunch. The food was very good and our service provider was perfect! On our request, they seated us at a private table and timed our meal so we didn't feel rushed. Our reservations were 2.5 hours before the performance. Overall, Forno is a great place to dine in Baltimore!
We had a 6:00 p.m. dinner reservation and were delayed due to a traffic accident on I-83. We called Forno's and they had no problem changing our reservation to 6:30 p.m. We were impressed given that many others go to this restaurant prior to attending a show at the Hippodrome.
My husband and I dined here just before a show at the Hippodrome this past week - what a fabulous place! We arrived a little early so we sat at the bar and enjoyed happy hour - great wines for $5 a glass. (They also have beer and cocktail specials.) Once seated, we shared a salad, the vegetable of the day, which was Brussels sprouts, and a lovely pasta dish. Everything was fresh, lots of flavor, and simply delicious. Our waiter was friendly and very attentive, but not over-bearing. Love the ambiance here - romantic, cozy, upscale. Super convenient location if you are seeing a show at the Hippodrome - it is literally across the street. Can't wait to return!
We had tickets for a Sunday matinee and so for the first time tried Forno for brunch. We had an outstanding flatbread pizza with a salad plus coffee and juice at an outstanding price. The waitress was friendly, prompt, and right on top of the water situation (we drink a lot of it ).
Pasta dish was very good - pepper lamb over papparadelle. Caesar salad average. Fried oysters sub par. Wine choices on the wine list are good. Extremely convenient location for the Hippodrome and Everyman Theaters. Will probably try again so as to see the range of their food offerings.
Our main courses were very flavorful ( eggplant ravioli and papperadelle( sp?) pasta) but I have to agree with other reviewers who noted that the pasta is seriously underdone. I know what al dente is and my ravioli needed another minute and a half to reach that level. Salads and wine are seriously over priced, although that seems to be the tendency lately. The salad, while large, was mostly romaine lettuce and was $10.00. On a positive note, we were seated in a booth as I had requested and our server was competent and cheerful.
Restaurants near performance venues don't need to be great. They can stay in business just by catering to the crowds going to the show across the street. Forno is right across the street from the Hippodrome Theater - but they break the mold. I have had multiple excellent meals there. Decor is rustic. Menu changes but always has pizza. We had a spicy one with chicken and peppers and a small side pasta. The gnocchi is not the typical kind but was delicious in the marinara sauce. Extensive wine, beer, and cocktail list including some original cocktails. Server, Jude, was great. I work nearby and need to eat here more often!
We went during Baltimore Restaurant Week and two of us ordered from the special menu, two of us from the regular menu. All four of us were quite pleased with the food. Portions were not large but we all left feeling full enough to be satisfied. The menu is creative and interesting with something for everyone. Our waitress made it all the better with friendliness and being knowledgeable to guide between choices.
The server voided our check- so we waited almost an hour for our meal.
When it came out it was hard and more "al dente" than a hearty pasta should be.
Pizza was good- white pizza with truffle oil and mushrooms. crust was perfect.
Server not only voided our check but avoided our table after her mistake.
We had a show to catch so I thought 2 hours was enough time for dinner but I was wrong. It was my 11 year olds birthday and I never even had a chance to ask for a dessert for he since we had no time to eat it. I wanted more and got less than I expected.
I would not recommend this to anyone for anything but pizza and a bar.
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