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New Italian

Discussion in 'Area Restaurants, Dining and Food' started by docsaba, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. rich351854

    rich351854 New Member

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    That is a great idea, if only a hospital was interested in moving in to the broadlands..... we better start the search...........
     
  2. Brassy

    Brassy Hiyah

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    Carbonera to me, I never try...looks like someone barfed on the pasta:)
     
  3. jw25413

    jw25413 New Member

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    went there Friday night great food , great server, yes they were slow but they are learning and everyone should always give a few chances for a new place
     
  4. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Went there the other day. We had no problems. Service was very quick, friendly, and attentive.
     
  5. KPFamily

    KPFamily New Member

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    Just tried it for the first time. Service was excellent! One of my kids did the make your own pizza thing. He loved it, lots of fun! The server brought both kids' meals out as soon as they were ready, which I always appreciate as my kids are very young. There were about four or five other tables of customers in the restaurant and the server appeared to have them all, but she was very attentive.
    The food.....well, the bread was excellent. My husband said his pizza was okay. He's pretty picky about his pizza, though, so I would try it again. I had a pasta dish that was not that great. But I would try something else. I know my kids will want to go back to make the pizza again.
     
  6. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    I loved the olive pesto spread for the bread.
     
  7. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Went back again for lunch today. Fast, friendly service and good food.
     
  8. jaxmanjoe

    jaxmanjoe Blah, Blah, Blah

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    We went last night. The food was great. Not a very inspired selection of dishes, but everything we had was fantastic. Note to lasanga fans - they make a ricotta-free lasanga, which is awesome for me and my wife, but I know some may not like that.

    My daughter had the fried chicken fillet which wasn't nuggets but she loved it anyway. The chips served with it were homemade and fantastic.

    The chocolate soufflé was divine and the chocolate ice cream was exceptional on the dessert side.

    All around a great meal and our server was great, also.

    Caio,

    Joe
     
  9. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    gotta give it 3 thumbs up- one from each of us tonight! The Man was impressed by the chicken parm- wasn't on the menu but they made it for him anyway. It was pounded to just the right thickness, juicy, tender and tasty- and the bolognese on his angel hair pasta (a hint al dente- PERFECT.) was simply excellent. the Boy had penne arrabiata and it was hearty, slightly spicy and delicious.

    I had an amazing dish that was almost indescribably scrumptious. Risotto with fresh garden peas, fontina cheese, meatballs, all baked in a clay pot- wow. the house chianti is nice and so is the d'Abruzzo... we'll be back for dessert and espresso next time.

    looks great, service was outstanding, lots of wonderful things about Forno. Give it a shot!
     
  10. mamatothree

    mamatothree New Member

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    Very good for lunch! The tomatoes in the salad caprese were a bit mushy, not the beefsteak that was promised. The waiter said the chef is still searching for a good local produce outlet, but the mozzarella and the accompanying greens were delicious! The olive pesto was very good, but I'd like to have the bread come to the table warmer and unsliced - good Italian bread should be broken by hand and shared don't you think? The gnocchi was freshly made, light and delicate not heavy like potato dumplings can sometimes be in a tasty, cream based sauce. I plan on going back to sample the wine list and the dessert menu as well.
     
  11. JLC

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    My husband and I had lunch at Forno today. We were pretty pleased. There was only one other couple when we walked in and only one other one came in while we were there. I believe it was the owner who waited on us. He was very nice and attentive. We didn't want a big heavy meal and he suggested we have a side salad (not on the menu) and split a pasta dish. More than enough food for lunch and pretty tasty. (although the Caesar salad wasn't anything special) We also each had a glass of wine and the bill was under $25. Impressive.

    He told us a new menu was coming out next week that had more non-pasta options. Chicken, veal, fish...
     
  12. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    What? You didn't try their pizza? ;)
     
  13. Brit

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    Had dinner at Forno last night - have to say some of the best Italian food we have had in a long time. Pizza was great - thin crust crispy and flavorful. They kindly modified the parmigiana menu so that I could have eggplant parmigiana instead - served in a rustic pot with ample pasta, it was delicious - not greasy, not overloaded with cheese.

    Service wasn't super fast (and it was Halloween with only 3 couples dining) but when you are eating those portions you do actually want to space it out a bit.

    Wine list was good, we had a $22 Italian cabernet sauvignon which is better than any low end wine I've tasted at Clydes and the like.

    Staff were friendly and the Italian manager was mingling and involved. Good to see.

    Glad we gave this place a go and I hope you do too!
     
  14. sandaddy

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    New Pines of Florence in the Village -- sucks!

    It replaced Domanis. Thought we'd give it a try. It's very mediocre. Typical red tomato sauce out of a can that lame Italian places always serve.

    Another bummer.
     
  15. Brit

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    2nd time at Forno, busier than Halloween and the service was terrible. Every table it seemed was served the wrong dish and we did not get any service, apart from the bread guy, for what seemed like 20 minutes.

    There were 12 covers and 6 waiters - and a manager running around doing all the work and getting nowhere. When we finally got served, we made a comment about the lack of service and the waiter was unapologetic and driven by his script.

    Very poor.
     
  16. Richard88

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    I came there a few times, the quality of the food was a bit inconsistent over the times, especially the pasta.
     
  17. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    we got the White Bean and Italian Sausage Stew to-go last weekend and it was unbelievably delicious. so much flavor- hearty, and oh so satisfying!

    the last time we ate in, service left something to be desired, but the girl was new, friendly and trying very hard, so we cut her some slack. the food is good enough that we can overlook so-so service. now if the service had been rude or BAD- we'd have let Enzo know.

    but they have original high quality dishes and i love having upscale choices here, not just standard fare. hopefuly they get service issues under control- good help is hard to find!
     
  18. PAgirl

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    We went to Forno on Friday evening. The restaurant was very busy, service was great, my husband's meal was good, mine was okay - not something I'd order again (pasta with broccoli and sausage - the broccoli was way overcooked). We'll definitely go back....the pizza looked great! The only thing I didn't particularly care for was the fact that a waiter kept going past the fellows doing the bread and yelling at them. The fellows were not dragging their feet by any means (we were seated in the booth right by the bread station). Evidently the waiter needs some training on how to treat co-workers.
     
  19. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    In case you didn't know- they offer cooking classes starting in January!

    Makes a nice Local Christmas Gift!!! here are the details:
    ENZO’S COOKING SCHOOL
    $75 incl. 1 Wine pairing, 3 course meal prepared by you with training from Chef Enzo!
    Appetizer, pasta, main course. Italian experience! Authentic Italian recipes, 3 hour class. @ Forno in Ashburn- call (703) 723-2992 to reserve!! Whoooo IS Chef Enzo...?

    Chef Enzo
     
  20. HappyinVA

    HappyinVA Proud Broadlands resident

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    Awesome! Thanks for this information
     

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