Al Forno has racked up favorable reviews from Zagat, the New York Times, the New London Day, the Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine, and the New Haven Register!
The restaurant sits in an older strip mall adjacent to a discount store. We stopped in for dinner last night after an early movie.
The restaurant is deep and narrow with an upscale décor. Tables are arranged close together, so private conversations are impossible.
Business was booming and my impression is that most diners are local regulars.
My wife had penne arrabbiatta, which was well-spiced and enjoyable. I ordered spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were made of ground veal and ricotta and were good, although lacking in any spice (ie, perhaps a little bland); the sauce was too thin and also lacked spice. Salads or bread did not accompany meals.
Prices were moderate to pricy, mitigated somewhat by the option to order smaller portions.
We graded our meals as just average. However, their pizzas looked great, so I left Al Forno with buyer’s remorse.