About Il Fornaio - Sacramento
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Sacramento, this award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 wine list. Enjoy wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday : 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Retail Catering: When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! Catering services include: boxed lunches, pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies platters and much more. Perfect for any social or business meeting. Call for delivery details and minimum order information (service charge applies). Planning a wedding or large corporate event? Full Service Catering is available at our Sacramento location. Authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine and our experienced catering staff can offer Five-Star service when handling all the details of your next special event.
Validated, complimentary parking available in private lot. Street parking and valet are also available.
Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Il Fornaio is located in downtown Sacramento just four blocks from the state capitol. In a beautiful and elegant setting we offer delicious authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service. We have a number of private dining options available along with special menus to match your group's needs.
Il Fornaio - Sacramento Ratings and Reviews
Overall, it was a good experience. Howev ...
Overall, it was a good experience. However, I have now dined at Il Fornaio several times and have had the same complaint each time. Food is excellent and service is good. But when it comes to refills on sodas or coffee, the service is TERRIBLE. You have to ask specifically for a refill even when your glass/cup is obviously empty. This is a big problem because the server and wait staff will visit your table several time, refill water, and tea, and then completely ignore you if you need a soda refill. Then you have to go out of your way to ask for a refill on your soda when that is something you should never need to ask about. For a high-end restaurant like Il Forniao, I expect much more. I can go to a taqueria and the server will refill a soda any time he/she stops by and notices you need one. Why is the service better at a taqueria??? I can pay 3 times less for my meal at a taqueria and know that my drinks will be refilled without me asking.
Food was excellent, especially the seafo ...
Food was excellent, especially the seafood appetizer and cappelini, and the wines well-matched. The service was exemplary - just the right amount of attention without being overly intrusive. Il Fornaio is a favorite because it is consistently a pleasure to dine there.
Outstanding bar service from Frank....an ...
Outstanding bar service from Frank....and the bar had FANTASTIC breadsticks....ask for them as they seem to be a speciality item only.
Great service all around.....gorgeous ristorante. Terrific food: eat the Silicon regional right away before it is gone!
Me and my wife had a fantastic time. The ...
Me and my wife had a fantastic time. The food and service was great! We spent our 10 year anniversary here and we were treated special as the guest of honor. I thank you for assisting me in making the night special for my Wife.
I thought the food was good, the marinar ...
I thought the food was good, the marinara sauce was light and flavorful. The presentation was good, and our server was nice and helpful. I enjoyed the dinner very much, but later that evening both my son and I had digestive issues.
My main disappointment was the food. I h ...
My main disappointment was the food. I had a special pasta dish that was bland and served luke warm. ( a baked pasta cut in a pie shape.) One expects a lot more for the money. Service was OK, not especially attentive.
We went to dinner to celebrate our 25th ...
We went to dinner to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We had great service and the waiter was so kind to acknowledge our 25th and treated us to dessert after dinner. The manager of the restaurant also came over and congratulated us for our anniversary. Great restaurant ...the food was so amazing....I bragged about it on Facebook and to anyone who would listen.
Always good food, wine, and service at I ...
Always good food, wine, and service at Il Fornaio-Sacramento. I stop there whenever I travel to Sac airport. If I were a resident of the area, I would expect to dine there at least 2-3 times monthly. This visit my friend and I both had the Taste of Sililia and theSicilia Wine Flights. Excellent 3 course tastings and the wine offerings were grand. I look forward to my next visit there.
My friend and I were celebrating our Jul ...
My friend and I were celebrating our July birthdays. We selected Il Fornaio because it is a lovely atmosphere and the cuisine is delicious and we were not disappointed. To our delight we were seated at the "special table" and were served a delightful summer salad, Cappellacci Di Zucca, and delightful dessert in addition to our main course - Margherita pizza and penne paste and seafood. And Naomi our hostess was attentive and informative. All in all, a wonderful evening. Il Fornaio, Sacramento is one of my favorite restaurants. For Italian cuisine, it is my "go to" restaurant.
We enjoyed celebrating my husband's birt ...
We enjoyed celebrating my husband's birthday, especially the free spumoni desert! The service was excellent, attentive but not overbearing. The pizza was quite large and very tasty, a perfect thin crust wood fired pizza. The dark chocolate gelato did not disappoint.
Incredible service and delicious food! M ...
Incredible service and delicious food! My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and we could not have had a better experience. From the moment we walked in the door, we were treated with a special table and chef special samples all because we let them know we were celebrating via Open Table in advance. Will absolutely be back!
An 8 PM reservation on a Saturday at the ...
An 8 PM reservation on a Saturday at the Capitol Mall location. Most diners had cleared out by then which surprised me. I'm used to lunch which is packed. Given the fairly empty space, it was quiet, which is how I like it. Servers were courteous, but the timing of the plates left gaps, particularly between the chicken and the pasta. I think this may be due to the fact that my wife chose petto di pollo, which has a bit of a lead time to prepare and I was doing a sampling menu. Still, if that slow chicken is buried in a series of small samples, which I was having, it is kind of a trick to make it appear right after one of the tasting plates. They need to stand back and think it out a bit, how to space it. Nevertheless, I don't think my experiences at Waterboy, Ella, Mulvaneys, Firehouse, and the late Enotria presented flavors that surpassed Il Fornaio for the kind of things Il Fornaio presents. Il Fornaio doesn't pursue some of the experimental things those others try.
This meal was from their featured Puglia ...
This meal was from their featured Puglia regional menu. As usual, the food was very good, though some was a little peppery for my taste. The zabaglione dessert was excellent! We were seated near their "group room" which made for a lot of waiter traffic near us, which was a bit distracting.
We were celebrating our 46 anniversary w ...
We were celebrating our 46 anniversary with our son and wife and two grandchildren, ages three and five. The restaurant was wonderfully accommodating to the grandchildren by serving their food first, giving them table activities – coloring books, for example. Our food was wonderfully prepared, hot and delicious. Their bread is exceptionally delicious, hard crust and soft interior. We ended the evening with their spumoni ice cream. Yum.
We celebrated our friend's birthday. We ...
We celebrated our friend's birthday. We sat in the beautiful garden patio area. The food was fantastic. I can't recall what the others ordered, but I had the butternut squash. It was delicious and "just enough." My friend received a complimentary dessert and although there weren't any service staff to sing happy birthday, the people around us did. It was special, indeed!
My comments regarding singing happy birt ...
My comments regarding singing happy birthday and bringing a birthday dessert were not forwarded to the waiter. As it happened, we ended up having to dash back to work more quickly than we had planned when booking, so we didn't have much time anyway. But, I was surprised when he just brought the check.
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