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Il Forno in Manali offers authentic Italian cuisine, served in an exceptional apple orchard setting with stunning views of the Himalaya. The cottage built Circa 1860 in the Western Himalayan Kathkuni architecture style has both indoor & al-fresco seating. Wood-fired oven Pizzas & Calzones are our House Speciality, along with other traditional Italian dishes.
Outdoor seating is perfect for Manali weather.
Is a quiet &a charming place. In fact my son even played his guitar and sang songs. No tourist crowd also.
Their veg pizza is the best. It's how an authentic pizza should be. The soups are also...superbly done.
However chicken lasagne was pretty ordinary. And Tiramisu was not Tiramisu at all. Expected better quality stuff from them.
But go their for their pizzas and the charming seating !More
Nothing beats IL forno when it comes to some delicious Italian food. Pizzas are amazing, lasagna is best in town, and the desserts are world class. I had the peperoni pizza today and my mind was blown by the quality of the ingredients. Must try...the fiammetta too. Amazing place !More
In our latest trip to Manali, IL FORNO, like always, happened to be a top itenary choice.
We booked our spot, outdoors, in advance, as we were a group of ten people. The booking was confirmed, after numeeous phone calls with Ashmita, the present owner....She promised us q great lunch, with beer and wine in accompaniment.
We reached the place, at the designated time and the first shocker was that they had only two bottles of beer in stock along with an extremely poor choice of wine.
Upon our request, they sent aomeone, to BUY beer in town, which arrived after 25 minutes, warm.
The food order, was a mix of Pizza ( which is signature here) , Chicken in lemon and wine sauce, risotto, salads & desserts.
The Pizza were a real let down, as the quality of cheese was the poorest. The Chicken in wine and lemon was sour to the hilt with the chicken being rubbery. Thankfully the salads were edible but no cherry tomatoes. The risotto was actually a Paella.
The less said about the desserts the better it is. The Tiramisu was anything but one. We were left wondering what it actually was.
Meanwhile, the owner Ashmita, was never to be seen.
It appears that the original Italian owner has sold this place and now all that is left are the present owner, the original name and the goodwill.
Definitively, a place, never to be visited again. Sad how a great place can be disappointing in wrong handsMore
Date of visit: September 2021
AshmitaGaur, Owner at Il Forno, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
This property is owned by us for the last 200 years and this has not been sold out ever we are running this restaurant for the past 25 years your reservation was for 1 pm you reached at 3:30
Sorry if you didn’t...More
Went to this place after raving reviews. It is an Italian joint with a cozy seating. We did not want to have pizzas and hence went ahead with ordering pasta. It was a very average experience given that it is an Italian place that cannot...have a pasta right. There was no one to serve water and we got up a couple of times to fetch something or the other ourselves. The water was served in paper cups. Not like we have a problem with that but was not expected from a place that is charging a bomb for each dish. So eating average tasting food out of plastic plates and paper cups was not very great.More