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“Varied and interesting menu - great sea views - great Jazz guitar”
Review of Il-Forno - CLOSED

Il-Forno
Cuisines: International
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Description: A 300 year old building with great character, with a bay view balcony.A live latin guitar player and a Hong Kong Chef who tries to please.
Reviewed 1 September 2012

We regularly visit this restaurant on a couple of occasions on our annual visit to Gozo. A very diverse menu in a beautiful restaurant with a balcony with best sea view in Marsalforn. One of the chefs is chinese and there is a speciality starter of dumplings and Won Tons with bar-b-q spare ribs in a special chinese sauce - these are excellent and to be reccomended. The pasta is always good but an exceptional tip here is for diners who like steak, as this restaurant serves the best steak on the island. On one occasion we asked for a custom special of Tornedos Rossini - the owner was delighted to oblige.

The owner is particularly interesting. A friendlycharacter, a very famous jazz guitarist in his younger days, who, if he has the time, will serenade customers with Joe Pass style guitar, which is his passion. Be prepared for some great moments of eccentricity. Ask him to play "Teach me Tonight".

The restaurant is tucked away on a corner overlooking the harbour, be sure to take the right hand steps as the entrance is narrow. A thumbs up from us to a restaurant which prides itself with return customers.

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Thank UkBonViveur
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

Very very disappointing would never step into the pace again. The owner is very pushy and food is dreadfull. What a shame that one of our favourite places is right next door. Imbarrasing when we are eating at the trattoria, and he is practically dragging people in the place.

1  Thank Bucskiboy
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

We were a group of two families with kids, looking for a restaurant that served pizza... Which we specifically asked for before entering.
After waiting more than 45 minutes for the food. Finally, the three pizzas, a pasta and meat dish arrived. The pizza looked unpleasant, the crust and toppings were burnt and the inside was practically raw! Pasta was under- cooked and meat dry and drenched in vinegar.
Such a shame, as it was in the perfect spot in Marsalforn.

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1  Thank HelloFood
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

Was ushered in via the street, as the next door place was booked and we hadn't eaten we thought ok, let's try it...as others have said odd collection of meals...not sure all of it was really really fresh, the waitress was very nice and the view is fab..just a pity that it all didn't match up, it has great potential...! The free garlic toast was interesting too!

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Thank Phil B
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We ate here our first night of our 5 day stay. The Avocado and crab starter was tasteless with terrible old grab meat with bits of shell in it. For the main course I ordered Veil in an orange sauce - my first bite tasted of old cooking oil coloured orange - it was swimming in grease pretending to be a sauce. My partner has canaloni that looked about a week old - reheated with the tomatoe paste flaking on the top. It is a shame as this restaurant has one of the best views of the bay, but the furniture is dirty and seat fabrics torn and all needs a good clean. The final straw is that the owners kept saying that it must be my taste that caused me not like the dish - as others like it. Well I didn't eat it as didn't want to be on the toilet all night!!

2  Thank BluePeterDog
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