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Il Forno Review - Santa Monica

WLA | Jul 2, 200308:16 PM

We tend to go here when it is warm because we like their outdoor patio. The tables that are set in between the shrubbery is nice as you don't see any of your fellow diners.

The food can be hit or miss, but last night I tried their pasta special of black and white linguini with very fresh shrimp, shiitake mushrooms, carmalized cipollini onions in a pink sauce. It really was very tasty. I almost always start with their mozarella caprese, nice thick slabs of mozarella on top thick slices of tomatoes, doused in a very nice olive oil and a generous chiffenade (sp?) of basil.

They have a free bruchetta that actually has enough garlic in it even for me, and that's a honkin lot of garlic.

My wife tends to stick with their boneless and pounded chicken breast in a white wine and olive oil sauce, but what sets apart their entrees is the wonderful variety of baby vegetable they give you, all perfectly cooked. Last night it was tiny carrots, yellow squash, asparagus and spinach with a few roasted potatoes along for the ride.

It is on Ocean Park Blvd. about 4 blocks west of Bundy on the north side of the street set back in a small mall with plenty of parking, (there is a Starbucks out on the street). The other nice thing is that being set back off the street the patio gets very little street noise and no car exhaust of bus fumes. We always have had very good, friendly service.

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