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Italian. Il Fornaio is a classy Italian restaurant providing authentic cuisine. Whether craving some Risotto alla Milanese, Pasta Arrabbiata, fine rotisserie chicken or Filet Mignon, this San Jose restaurant provides it all and provides it well. Il Fornaio’s elegant interior, wide windows and fully stocked bar makes it a cozy venue for curious gourmands. They also provide private banquet rooms as well as catering services.
Although it's more of white tablecloth fine-dining establishment than a walk up and order bar, but when you're in the mood to try new wines (and want recommendations from bartenders that actually know their shit), Il Fornaio is pretty hard to beat. The bar itself features a happy hour that makes it possible for the younger crowd to play dress up and pretend to be classy without going broke.
2009 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - First Place
Best Italian Fine Dining
The heart of every Il Fornaio, literally and figuratively, is the oven. In addition to offering superb Italian cuisine, Il Fornaio is justifiably proud of its breads (hence the name, the baker). Once they're ready, the big brick oven is put to other uses roasting vegetables and meats, putting a finish on pasta dishes. The result is the best Italian food in the valley, expertly served in elegant surroundings.
2008 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Second Place
With its lofty ceilings and vintage dark woodwork, Il Fornaio, embraced by the graceful Sainte Claire Hotel. remains a favorite for lovers of Italian food. There are other Il Fornaios, but this one satisfies on every level—from visual sophistication to flavor strut. Each month the restaurant showcases a different region of Italy.
-- Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper, September 24, 2008