Il Forno

4.1
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52 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Head chef Paolo Cillo brings a true taste of Italy to Liverpool, combining generations of Italian tradition with his own unique creative flair, to create seasonal menus that have seen Il Forno be named nationally, again and again, one of the nation's finest restaurants.

Together with his brother, general manager Donato Cillo, the pair masterfully combine skill and passion to serve up traditional flavours that ooze authenticity. Indeed, Il Forno epitomises the Italian kitchen - literally. Donato's wife is a pastry chef; his brother a pizza chef; as is his son. The Cillos personally source the finest products from their Italian roots, from award-winning olive oil to the traditional flour that creates Il Forno's famous wood-fire pizzas.

This is a family that lives and breathes Italian cuisine.




What 52 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.9
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DavidS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The food was the star of the show for us! Exceptionally good for the price and we would certainly go back again. However, we may avoid busy Saturday nights! The restaurant was very very busy, noisy, hot (they have a very impressive pizza oven which takes centre stage!) and loud! The service was also slow. It was a Saturday night after Liverpool played at home so perhaps this is not the usual experience. Definitely a top choice for lovers of authentic Italian food, mid-week or when Liverpool is playing away!

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LESLEYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

an excellent restaurant with home made pasta, lovely food, agood rage of foods. Very helpful, friendlystaff

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LT1988
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely food, great value lunch deal, will definitely be going back.

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ColinR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent traditional Italian restaurant in a modern building

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BarbaraS
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was there with a friend for our monthly Ladies Who Lunch. We had the lunchtime special, just the starter and main plus coffee. The choice was excellent and we both enjoyed every mouthful. The pudding choice was rather disappointing, so we skipped straight to coffee. The ambience was elegant and comfortable, the service was friendly and efficient and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Had to qué for 15 mins outside in the cold to get in. Even though we had booked it wasn't on their system.

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PETERH
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience1

Unfortunately booked Valentines Night.
Totally overbooked, Queuing outside for half an hour.
Given a table for two that wobbled.
Set menu which was okay, but waited for two courses.
Gave up before third course and went home.
Good restaurant that I use regularly, but would not recommend Valentines Night.

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DermotM
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top quality service. The waiter was impeccable especially considering it was valentines and bound to be busy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Value for money is unbelievable one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten, me and my girlfriend couldn’t of had a better evening

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KarenH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Staff are always lovely as ever and very attentive.

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Walby
Cambridge
9 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We arrived and received a warm welcome and even though busy soon sat at our table.The food was fantastic and the service matched.Thanks to all at the restaurant and to Open table

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HeatherA
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Nice choice of menu for Christmas! Thanks a lot

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RichardH
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A busy Saturday night which was quite loud but expected. The staff didn't get flustered and coped with a smile.
Would definitely go back as the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dropping our son at the Uni

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JasonT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all round- food , service- wine choice and cocktails.
Really lovely evening thank you all.

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JulieR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked a table for our wedding anniversary, staff were very helpful and attentive. The food was amazing and the price was reasonable. Would definitely recommend.

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HilaryG
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Enjoyable meal. We ate from the ‘early doors menu’.
A couple of large parties were in the restaurant and they were quite noisy.
My pasta dish was tasty though not very hot. I sent it back and when returned it was fine.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely meal with excellent atmosphere, oysters were especially good, service was perfect.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant with its authentic wood burning pizza oven.

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Leez
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Service and ambiance of the restaurant was good. However little disappointed with some of the food. The starter of Calabrese Brushetta was very nice. But I was disappointed with my main meal of lasagna. It was hot and fresh but just lacked the taste...I felt it need more herbs and Garlic. Another member of our party had a pasta which I understand should be al dente but this was more than al dente and was quite hard.
Overall it was still a pleasant time, just felt a little disappointed.
Value for money was fine as it we received a discount with it being father day. Service charge was applied and while I appreciate it is discretionary it doesn't make it clear on the bill and I'm sure everyone just pays it at the set figure.
I always tip and value of the Tip depends on my experience so I would have preferred to be able to make the decision myself without just being told its 10%

Would still recommend and if I'm in that area of the City Centre again I would try again, just didn't give me the WOW factor that I need to visit again quickly.

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GozweB
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service, the food food superb and highly recommend.

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AmyS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, and reasonably priced! Nice ambiance and the staff was very friendly. The fish was perfectly cooked and portions were a good size.

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OleM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice place. A bit busy and noisy in the weekends, but that’s Liverpool. Waited 45 min for the table. And we’ve pre-ordered. Not so good....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a pure sound date, married her now

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golfbags
London
15 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a great night

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AnnB
Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food with excellent service in great company

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LornS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food with really good service. It was a bit noisy due to mothers day. But this created a good atmosphere with a singer too! I love this restaurant and hope to return soon .

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ClaudiaF
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and lovely service! I highly recommend it

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RobertF
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, lovely restaurant - will visit again

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EmmaW
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal, where everyone left full & praising their meals

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and great service, highly recommendable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Mor or less superb experience. A big and strong 5 of 6 👍👍

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Eatoutalot
Warwickshire
7 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We have eaten at il forno many times and are never disappointed. The food, although a bit pricey, is excellent with a very good menu choice. It is cooked well and nicely presented. There is also a good wine selection which is keenly priced.
The staff are also friendly and efficient.
This time, in early January, the restaurant was not too busy which made for a really nice, relaxed meal.

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AnneN
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

I had booked with Open table on the 30th for my family on New year's eve, for 7.00pm, I was called by someone at restaurant on N Y E, to make sure I would be attending, which I confirmed we would be there, I was then asked if it was possible to amend our booking, to an earlier time slot, but i was not able to do so as I was working , it was also suggested that I should have paid a deposit, but as I had confirmed my booking this would not be necessary. We arrived at the restaurant at 6.55pm, and there was a slight delay as our table wasn't ready, as they had a walk in. The delay was only five minutes or so, we then were seated, near to the entertainment for the evening, I believe our servers name was Roshan, He took our drink order, then once the drinks had arrived, there was a little delay, but then ordered starters and mains, which consisted of 2 foccacia breads, one with tomato and one with mozzarella for our starters, and for the mains 2 lasagna, 1 tagliatelle Bolognese, and one French trimmed lamb. The starters arrived about 15 minutes later, but the mains didn't arrive until 8.40 ish. The only reason they arrived at all was because I queried where our food was, as there was a table in front of us, who had arrived after us and and got their food before we did, it seemed our meals had been forgotten, I would have like to have stayed for desert but because of the delay, we were unable

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vipCochyn
London
286 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We've been bringing our nephew and niece here for many years; it's their favourite.
As they've grown older and their palates more sophisticated, it's been great to see them try new dishes.
They've never gone for a "kids' menu" anywhere, so lunches such as this one do become more costly for us - but for a treat, there is nowhere like Il Forno.
Staff are excellent, the menu choice is huge - though with no reduction in quality.
The alcohol-free cocktails were perfect for the kids - and the espresso martini for me was great, too!

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JasonS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Pizza had way too much cheese. Waiter asked if we were enjoying our meals. I said about the cheese and he said that's the way it is, yet my friend had a pizza with less than half the cheese. I've eaten a lot of pizza to know it was too much. The waiter basically told me I was wrong and then smiled and walked away. What's the point in asking if you're enjoying the meal if you just ignore the answer? Then a tip was added automatically to the bill and you have to ask to have it taken off. So then if you ask to have it taken off you're seen as being stingy.. Clearly a trick as most people won't ask to have it taken off so they make tips without having to provide good service.. Defeats the point in it being a tip. Why not just increase prices and not bother with the tip at all!

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vipbeaureece76
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely friendly Italian , great service , couldn't fought there efforts , great value .
would return. cocktails are thumbs up

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vipJW348
Pittsburgh
112 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was exceptional. I felt as if I was in Italy. The dover sole was very good.

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TessR
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm welcoming atmosphere, very popular for special occasions, a romantic evening, meeting up with friends and enjoying excellent authentic food at an affordable price. Strongly recommended.

I went alone for a meal early evening, and was made very welcome. Excellent choice and quality.

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vipCochyn
London
286 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Our second visit in less than 24hrs. This has always been a family favourite, and it gets better, if anything.
Staff are excellent, the great combination of attentive, without fussing. Nothing is too much trouble, and they help to create a welcoming, warm atmosphere.
I hadn't had ossobuco for a long time; this one, with saffron-infused rice - wow............... It was a huge helping, but I struggled on [!], thankful that I don't have a sweet tooth, so the great desserts tempt other people, never me!
The husband's risotto il Forno [seafood] was superb.
Waiter Stefano's recommendation of wine, when the house white was unavailable - lovely, and perfect with our meals.
£30/head, from an a la carte menu, with wine, is great value; the quality is very high.

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vipCochyn
London
286 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

This was a special occasion, with our niece and nephew. We've been taking them to this place since they were very little - though we no longer have to lift them up to see the big 'mouth' pizza oven.............

We had to make our 5pm booking an hour later; no problem, we were assured.

Lovely welcome, as always. Great pre-theatre/set menu. Very high quality bruschetta, carpaccio, and lasagne. No space for desserts, but the kids did have two 'virgin' cocktails each: lovingly made mojitos and pina coladas.

Nice when a favourite place is still good; we can make new memories, all wrapped up with the old ones.

[And my husband and I went back the following day, for a romantic lunch!]

FAQs

Il Forno does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Il Forno also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0151 709 4002.

Il Forno is rated 4.1 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

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