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“Don't bother.”
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 2 October 2012

On our first night in Marsalforn the owner was trying hard to get us to go in and we declined. On our last night we decided to give it a go. The building is lovely and the view across the bay is picturesque so as a restaurant it has a lot of potential. The service however leaves much to be desired. We ordered our starter and main and were waiting for at least an hour for the starter to come up. When we queried the wait we were told that there had been a mix up in the kitchen and the wrong starter had been prepared so the kitchen started from scratch. While this was going on another couple who had arrived after us received their mains just before our starters came up. One of ours was wrong so the order was sent back down to the kitchen a third time. By the time the correct starters had come the other couple had given up in disgust with their meals and left. We had a pretty unappetizing starter each and then decided to give up and go somewhere where we knew the food would be better quality. When we said this to someone working there she told us that she was not surprised and was there to deal with their temperamental chef. We explained to the only waitress (very sweet) that we were leaving and the owner then took it out on her. She has only been working there for a couple of weeks and has a much better grasp of what is going on there than he does in my opinion, as we were paying he then her to close the restaurant for the night and make sure that nobody else came in - the best decision he'd made all night in my opinion.

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2  Thank Russell H
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

I had the spaghetti with squid ink and calamari which at 7.50 EUR really cannot be faulted. My wife had the lasagne which was OK.

Service was slow and the food took a while to arrive which is strange seeing we were the only customers in the restaurant!

Just above average.

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1  Thank Alan V
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

To be honest, we first entered this redstaurant because of his balcony with the absolute best view in Marsalforn, but the food was so delicious, that we ate there nearly every day of the rest of our holidays! The menu may be unusual with its mixture of maltese, italian and chinese food, but because all is extremely good, you have the advantage, that even when you are in a bigger compay, everybody has the chance to find, what he likes. The steak: great. Fish: always exactly at the point. The absulute best rabbit of Gozo and Malta! If your a frient of chinese food, don't miss the lemon chicken! But beware of the Tomato soup: you will be addicted right after your first spoon.
We were four and we didn't get one single meal that was not great, and this in 10 days.
Not to forget the wonderful guitar playing of the owner. When he is in the mood, he'll play for you! Starry,starry night, Winston!

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Thank Gina L
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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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