Il Fornaio (Restaurant)

Overall Rating: 6.700

Address: Ocean Ave.
Cross Street(s): Monte Verde St., at the Pine Inn
City, State ZIP: Carmel, CA 93921
Neighborhood: Carmel-by-the-Sea
Phone: 831.622.5100
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-10pm; F 11:30am-11pm; Sa-Su 9am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 01/12/2007
First Reviewed: 03/17/2006
Notes: None

This review is specifically for the Il Fornaio restaurant and bar, separate from the café. This is another large restaurant among this extensive, but decent quality, chain. Attached to the Pine Inn, there are dozens of tables in several dining areas - plus a café in the central entryway. Mandatory Eros Ramazzotti music plays overhead. Using a two-group, Mr. Espresso Rancilio machine at the bar, the pull an espresso shot of a significant size. However, it is better than the typical Il Fornaio espresso (though not as good as the one served in their adjacent café). They serve espresso with a medium brown crema of modest thickness with some larger bubbles in it. It has the classic Mr. Espresso flavor of oak and some spice, and it's served with the ever-bewlidering lemon rind.