May 16, 2011

Disappointing Meal @ Il Fornello

I'm starting to lose faith in chain restaurants, as most of them usually just churn out boring, generic and commercial-tasting food. Despite this, I always feel compelled to give them a chance, and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised. Il Fornello, however, falls into the category of chain restaurants that disappoint me.
The interior was actually pretty decent. I went to the Richmond Hill location on Yonge, and place was really spacious.
The sight of a pizza oven increased my expectations, for some reason.
For appetizer, our group shared a calamari fritti: Sardinian spiced deep fried calamari with lemon aioli. The calamari was really mediocre, and the sauce was just bland.
I sampled the pasta special of the day: Porcini mushroom filled ravioli with roasted red pepper with cream sauce. It was basically commercial ravioli slathered with a mount of heavy cream sauce. I was not impressed.
I usually love Lasagna, but I really felt that Stouffers microwavable lasagna taste a lot better than this one. The sauce tasted like canned tomato purée that I can get at any supermarket. It was also missing that browned cheesy crust on top that I love. Needless to say, I will not be returning to Il Fornello. A lot of other chain restaurants offer much better "fake" Italian food.
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