Visited last night (Sunday) with my two daughters (14 and 11). Seated promptly, and ordered soft drinks while we went over the extensive menu.
Appetizer decisions were: deep fried calamari, garlic bread, and the antipasto plate (which is priced at $8/person - I asked if we could get a one-person plate, and "No problem" was the reply).
They came out fairly quickly. The garlic bread was quite good - not at all burnt and a deep garlicky flavour. The antipasto plate had olives, mushrooms, prosciutto, salami, roasted eggplant, boccoccini, and artichoke hearts under shaved parmesan - nice variety, decent serving, and tasty. The calamari was good and crispy when it came out, but very quickly became soggy and chewy; if you order it, eat this before turning your attention to other apps.
Mains were: chicken parmigiana on linguine for the younger, steak and mashed potatoes for the elder, and lasagna for me. My little one, who is normally picky, enjoyed her chicken, and nearly finished the large portion. My lasagna was also very tasty - good balance between meat, pasta, and cheese, and the tomato sauce was free of any acrid taste. My older daughter wasn't quite so enthused about her steak - although it was prepared properly, she said it came with a sauce which she couldn't identify, but didn't enjoy. Nothing in the description on the menu mentioned any type of sauce; I wish it had, because she would have asked for it on the side.
I couldn't finish my huge portion of lasagna, and it was cheerfully packed up for me. However, since it was my birthday, we weren't going to pass up dessert. Pecan pie for my older one, vanilla gelato for the younger, and apple crumble for me. We enjoyed every bite.
The damage was $130 (no alcohol, tax included). Our waitress was cheerful and attentive, and the room, while busy, was not so noisy that we couldn't converse with each other. I've had better Italian, but I'd certainly revisit Il Fornello.
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