Il Forno is a fantastic local Italian restaurant in Lakeland, located about 40 minutes from Tampa and an hour from Orlando. This refreshing authentic restaurant is a fresh change of pace from the familiar chains surrounding the area. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at this local favorite.
Il Forno has a tempting menu of Italian specialties. The menu includes traditional favorites, such as: Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Chicken Marsala, Ravioli, Fettuccini Alfredo, Stromboli, Calzones, and various pasta dishes.
The pizza is absolutely delicious! A number of specialty pizza combinations are available, or you can choose to make your own. Those with gluten allergies or intolerances will be happy to know that a gluten free crust is available. Note: The gluten free crust is only available in a 10 inch size. Gluten free pasta noodles are also available. It is always nice to find Italian restaurants which offer gluten free options, so everyone has a chance to enjoy a meal out, in a place which traditionally consists of wheat based dishes.
The pasta was cooked perfectly: not too hard or soft. Also, the gluten free noodles were not mushy like most varieties you find in the store. The marinara was simple, yet delicious. Not overly tart or spicy: the perfect flavor.
Service was exceptional: very friendly and fast. The manager stopped by to make sure we enjoyed our meals. I definitely felt like the staff actually cared about your experience.
The dining room is quite small, however, it has a cozy ambiance (complete with a visible kitchen, murals on the wall). Black out shades would have made the setting a bit more upscale and romantic; however, this restaurant has a nice family friendly, casual feel.
Il Forno is the place to stop for Italian food in Lakeland. Authentic Italian specialties and great service await your visit!