12 reviews
$30 and under

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We’re BACK! Join us on our OUTSIDE PATIO for the finest Authentic Italian Cuisine in Hartford Downtown! Starting today Fornarelli’s Ristorante will be open Mon-Thu 3pm-9pm and Fri-Sat 3pm-10pm. You can also enjoy dining in our dining room, curbside pickup or delivery via Uber and GrubHub.

Enjoy Italian-style fine dining experience in a cozy atmosphere at Fornarelli's Ristorante. Come as a guest, leave as family.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 12 People Are Saying
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New England
16 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020

Had dinner with one of my best friends at Fornarelli's on Friday night. The food was simply superb, and the service was fantastic. We were well cared for. Despite the COVID 19 pandemic, we felt safe dining there, AND, unlike other restaurants, Fornarelli's offered their full dinner menu vs something scaled back like other restaurants have done. The Grilled Calamari was fantastic, the house made Chicken and Garlic Ravioli was superb, and the Veal Saltimbocca was excellent. Hats off to John and Vito Fornarelli. This is a must visit restaurant !!

12 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020

The service was great as well as the food. The ambiance needs some work. It’s too bright and the decor is ok. Could be a little more cozy with more decorations. Hanging white lights would look great but the lights are way too bright for the bar and restaurant.

OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020

I was so looking forward to going to this new restaurant, unfortunately we were totally disappointed.. I reserved bar seating and when we arrived was told there was a bar crawl, they seated us in a crappy section, could not even get a booth. We ordered a couple appetizers which came out In about 5 minutes, they were not even hot, their meatballs & their eggplant rollatini, at that point we decided not to even try dinner, I reserved thru open table & mentioned that we were first time patrons and that it was my husbands bday, they did not even acknowledge it. We rarely go into to Hartford, just a waste of time.

New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020

Good food modestly priced. Shared an eggplant appetizer, tasty and well done. Caesar salads were fresh, well dressed. Croutons added a soft crunch not a hard one. Veal dishes were both good. Prefered the polenta to the risotto. Cocktails were just right. Try this place out. You can't go wrong.

New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020

The food was excellent, staff friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Wine glasses sparkled. The ambiance was not their priority, sort of old fashion. Prices were good value, wine was excellent, good pour. Bathrooms could be updated and cleaned a little more. Overall Good option, we will probably return, but don’t expect a Max Downtown experience or tab. Good crowd of patrons.

New England
12 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020

We felt due to the great article in the local paper they were overwhelmed. They were very understaffed however, our waitperson was excellent. The food was delicious. We will definitely go back, these are hopefully growing pains.

New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020

Food was excellent. The service was very very slow. Seemed like they did not have enough staff.

1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020

No host to meet our party. Server screwed up on three orders. He corrected them and comped one. Food was fair all around expensive for what it was. Said desserts were made in house but appeared to be bought.

New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020

This restaurant accommodated a party of 10 wonderfully. The service and food were excellent and the environment was perfect. Even with 10 of us we were able to hear each other without shouting over loud music or other guests. The setting felt like a family restaurant. Definitely recommend!

OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020

Great happy hour deals. We enjoyed our dinners (veal, chicken and salmon). The limoncello cake and tiramisu were delicious. Looking forward to returning after their grand opening which will have the full menu available. Highly recommend!

New England
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020

This is a brand new father/son restaurant moved here from new Haven. I'm an Italian that loves to cook.

They recommended a veal cutlet sandwich that came with two massive freshly breaded and fried cutlets with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, great bread and toppings. I think this place will become a hit with the locals

The friend I was with had the HOME MADE orecheti with sausage and broccoli rabe which he said was incredible.

Best sandwich I've had in Hartford, hands down.

vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020

I made a reservation for bar seating and when we arrived they hadn’t reserved our seats, luckily there were 4 seats available. The bar tenders we nice but seemed a little stressed due to it being busy. Food was menu due to it being game night at the XL Center but the options were okay.


Fornarelli's is rated 4.3 stars by 12 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.