Lunch at Il Fornello

Located at 8851 Yonge St in Richmond Hill

I went to Il Fornello for a late lunch the other day.  I’ve been to the King Street location of Il Fornello before and quite enjoyed my Summerlicious dinner in 2010, so I knew the Italian food, especially with it being a chain restaurant, would be up to par in terms of food quality and service.

I was tickled pink when I sat down and the server presented not only the regular menus but also a prix fixe lunch menu!  Yay!!  It wasn’t a three-course prix fixe; just a two-course one.  Nevertheless, I was pleased with the fact that I could get an appetizer and a lunch entrée for only $17!

Simple but delicious

The two of us shared our appetizers and entrees.  Before that though, the server brought out a basket of bread with olive oil and Balsamic vinegar for dipping.  I haven’t had this in so long!  It was so yummy. 🙂

The Funghi Crostini was simple yet delicious!  It was a lightly toasted piece of bread with sauteed mushrooms and creamy goat cheese on it.  It was a great appetizer to start off the rest of the meal.

Funghi Crostini
-toasted bread topped with sauteed mushrooms & goat cheese

The Zuppa del Giorno was a daily soup.  On this day, it was cream of cauliflower!  I loved how creamy and smooth it was.  I absolutely loved the little dollop of cheese that was in the centre of the soup since it tasted a little chewy when melted in the hot soup.  Yum!

Zuppa del Giorno
-cream of cauliflower

Next came the two heavy entrées of carbs.  Haha, you will know exactly why I am choosing to eat such heavy meals in tomorrow’s post.  It feels like I can never get enough carbs in these days… this meal was perfect and precisely why I chose to dine at Il Fornello actually!  Italian food = pasta = carbs.

Orecchiette Gamberetti
-shrimp, zucchini, light cherry tomato sauce

I don’t think I’ve had orecchiette pasta before.  The light cherry tomato sauce in the Orecchiette Gamberetti dish covered each shell of pasta perfectly.  Perfectly!  There was ample sauce near the bottom of the dish too.  One thing I hate is when pasta sauce is barely there.  In this case, the amount was perfect.  I liked the crispy shrimps that were embedded into the dish too.  It was really good.


Risotto di Verdure
-arborio rice slowly cooked with spinach, green peas, cherry tomatoes

I love risotto!  I try to order it whenever I can when I see it on the menu.  The Risotto di Verdure was creamy and delicious.  The arborio grains were a tad harder than I liked, but the overall flavour was so well seasoned that I pretty much enjoyed this dish more than the orecchiette.  This would be a purely vegetarian since all it contained besides the risotto were spinach, crunchy green peas, and cherry tomatoes.  Mmm, yum!!

Since it was a late lunch at 2 p.m., there were not a lot of diners in the large dining space.  The food arrived promptly and I enjoyed the heavy meal.  Next time I’m going to have to take my digestive enzymes so that I can help prevent itis!

A nice quiet lunch with no crowds

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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6 Responses to Lunch at Il Fornello

  1. Mike Gee says:

    I was just thinking about trying this place since they just opened a location around my area here up north lol…what a coincidence! glad to hear that they’re pretty good

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