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IL Fornetto Trattoria

A Marlboro, NJ Restaurant Review

IL Fornetto Trattoria
448 Us Hwy No 9
Marlboro, NJ

Il Fornetto Tattoria, Marlboro, NJ


Restaurant Rating Legend
Fine Dining

No Stars Below average
One star Average
Two stars Above Average
Three stars Excellent
Four stars Best in Class

Casual Dining

N/A= A casual dining eatery, not rated as a fine dining restaurant 

IL Fornetto Trattoria

Price Moderate
Fare Italian

Restaurant Ratings

Overall Rating  

thumbs up Well prepared, affordably priced menu, especially for the Marlboro area.

thumbs up Ambience is chic, casual.

thumbs down Acoustics need improvement - Noice level is high when dining room is full

Value: Excellent
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Dress: Casual
Recommended For: Younger diners who enjoy affordably priced dishes with bar service in a casual, attractive setting.
Not Recommended For: Older diners who prefer more fine dining amenities with old world charm.
Recommended dishes: The 16 oz. Black Angus Grilled Rib Eye; The Red Snapper Marechiare; The Signature Sunday Homemade Sauce with slow braised ribs, meatballs, sausage & braciole. The 12" or 16" brick oven baked pizzas, and the Grilled Cheese Steak Sandwich.
Liquor: Full Service Bar

Restaurant Review

Formerly Pino's Restaurant, this restaurant under the same management has renovated the premises and re-opened in mid-August as IL Fornetto with a a more casual, attractive ambience and a new less pricey menu prepared under the direction of Chef Oscar.

The restaurant has taken hold of the current trend in restaurants by appealing to a younger crowd --- moving away from the "Old World" stuffy look with table linens, overdressed wait staff and costly menu selections.

The interior with its new fresh look has gone trattoria style with a more casual attractive ambience that appeals to a younger crowd. Some of the changes include the earth toned tiled flooring, and attractive exposed dark wood tables set with black lined napkin, although there are several large tables with seating for eight that have Black lined table cloths. The interior has lots of dark wood trim and walls panted in a dark teal color.

Patrons have a choice of seating options. There is seating for 175 in the main dining room partitioned into two area by an open wall of dark columns, 30 more can be seated at the large wrap-around bar with nine 50+inch HD flat screen TVs, and seating for an additional 60-75 in their private party room.

One of the hold backs from the previous old world restaurant is the "old classics" background music from past era performers including, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, etc. ---- somewhat out place and unappealing to the new younger crowd they are attempting to attract.

The new menu includes many traditional favorites appetizers, pastas, and entrees with the new addition of the "pizzeria" style menu cooked in the new brick oven that features pizzas, rolls, calzones, rice balls, croquets, heroes, cold subs and more.

While the quality of the bread served is high, ( sourced from Brooklyn) the overall experience is diminished by the slices cut very thin and served cold accompanied by butter wrapped in tin foil.

The wait staff at IL Fornetto is friendly and attentive.

On Site valet parking available.

On Sundays they feature a traditional Italian family style dinner: Homemade sauce with slow braised ribs, meatballs, sausage & braciole

IL Fornetto is open lunch and dinner seven days/week: Monday - Thursday: 12:00 PM - 10:00 pm. Friday - Saturday : 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm, and Sunday : 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

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