Sunday, May 10, 2009

Restaurant review - Il Forno

Just back from a very pleasant dinner at Il Forno's restaurant in Westborough, MA ( This restaurant is a welcome change from the norm, not being part of any chain. It also allows BYOB (or wine) which is very handy and saves you quite a bit of money on the bill.

The place was packed at 6:30pm when we arrived and I was glad we had a reservation. I'm not sure if they normally do reservations or if this was a one-off for Mother's Day. Restaurants usually like to get you in and out quickly and would prefer not to tie up one of their tables for the night.

We were seated in under 5 minutes and given a basket of garlic bread to keep us going while we perused the menu. Emma and I chose the meat lasagna ($12), Tony had a salad consisting of Mixed baby greens topped with walnuts, fresh strawberries, and Wensleydale cranberry goat cheese served with balsamic vinaigrette ($12), and Rob had a brick oven sausage pizza ($5).

All the portions were enormous. Needless to say we are having lasagna and pizza for dinner tomorrow. We finished up with cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and a cup of coffee. My only disappointment was that the coffee was served with a couple of those small cartons of half n' half, rather than bringing cream in a jug, which seemed a bit cheap.

All in all a very enjoyable meal with sufficient to fill us up tomorrow as well. I am now at home enjoying the remainder of my wine, accompanied by some Mother's Day chocolates. Yum! Makes it all worthwhile :-)

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