(Updated 12/28/2021) Description and review of lunch at Il Fornaio, an upscale Italian restaurant located at 400 Capitol Mall in the Wells Fargo Center.
Three friends (and former colleagues) and I met at Il Fornaio for lunch prior to the Christmas holiday. Il Fornaio has a wonderful ambiance, and during the holiday season the holiday decor adds a special festive element. Many offices have their holiday luncheons at Il Fornaio during the holiday season for that very reason.
The main dining area and adjacent rooms are all elegant, and the food and service is above average for a chain restaurant. All the pastas are house-made.
I arrived first and was seated immediately in a booth. The other members of our party arrived shortly thereafter. It was wonderful to catch up with each other and celebrate one friend’s soon-to-be retirement.
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We decided to share a bottle of wine, and munched on the bread and olive oil that was served as we looked over the menu. There were a number of “specials” offered – and two of our party went that route. One had a risotto with sausage, and the other a pasta dish with salmon. Both received high marks.
Everything on the menu looked great – but I was drawn to the Cappellacci Di Zucca (butternut squash pasta filled with butternut squash, Granda Padano and chopped walnuts, topped with tomato sauce, brown butter and crispy sage).
Another friend ordered the Conchiglie al Pollo (shell pasta, chicken breast, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, pecorino cheese, roasted garlic and Trebbiano wine.
We all enjoyed our respective dishes, and as none of us were in a hurry we took our time catching up. The time flew by.
I was only able to finish half of my meal so I took my left-overs home. I enjoyed my Cappellacci Di Zucca for dinner that evening along with a salad.
Tip: You can park in the Wells Fargo parking lot, and have Il Fornaio validate your parking for you.
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