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Fornarelli's

4.4
4.4
21 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

We’re BACK! Join us on our OUTSIDE PATIO for the finest Authentic Italian Cuisine in Hartford Downtown! Starting today Fornarelli’s Ristorante will be open Mon-Thu 3pm-9pm and Fri-Sat 3pm-10pm. You can also enjoy dining in our dining room, curbside pickup or delivery via Uber and GrubHub.

Enjoy Italian-style fine dining experience in a cozy atmosphere at Fornarelli's Ristorante. Come as a guest, leave as family.

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Booked 2 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Brunch
    Sat 11:00 am–1:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (860) 244-2016

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Hartford / West Hartford

  • Parking Details

    public lot available close by

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 21 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. KE

    KateE

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great to have a wonderful Italian place downtown. Very good chicken parm!

  2. KC

    KevinC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    A good spot downtown for a meal before a show at the Bushnell.

  3. S

    Scooby

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We enjoy fornarellis restaurant. We go there for a girls night to chat and socialize. Each time we get great service, an enjoyable meal and a nice bottle of wine. No rush to turn over the table. We’ve had apps, salads and entrees all fresh and tasty. My husband’s bolognese was ordinary but everything else I’ve had was enjoyable.

  4. PC

    PatrickC

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dining at Fornarelli’s is always a pleasure. Great food, great experience, and the ravioli - just out of this world. The owner, Vito Fornarelli, always makes you feel special !!

  5. NS

    NoelS

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic service and the food was delicious! I highly recommend the bracciole! I encourage people to get out and give it a try!

  6. R

    Ross

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The place had its own special character and delicious dishes with a uniqueness

  7. KO

    KeylaO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came here for a birthday and it was amazing food!!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome staff. Awesome drinks. Awesome time.

  9. DB

    DeborahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Authentic Italian cuisine and great service by the employees.

  10. PC

    PatrickC

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had dinner with one of my best friends at Fornarelli's on Friday night. The food was simply superb, and the service was fantastic. We were well cared for. Despite the COVID 19 pandemic, we felt safe dining there, AND, unlike other restaurants, Fornarelli's offered their full dinner menu vs something scaled back like other restaurants have done. The Grilled Calamari was fantastic, the house made Chicken and Garlic Ravioli was superb, and the Veal Saltimbocca was excellent. Hats off to John and Vito Fornarelli. This is a must visit restaurant !!

  11. M

    Mschin

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The service was great as well as the food. The ambiance needs some work. It’s too bright and the decor is ok. Could be a little more cozy with more decorations. Hanging white lights would look great but the lights are way too bright for the bar and restaurant.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    I was so looking forward to going to this new restaurant, unfortunately we were totally disappointed.. I reserved bar seating and when we arrived was told there was a bar crawl, they seated us in a crappy section, could not even get a booth. We ordered a couple appetizers which came out In about 5 minutes, they were not even hot, their meatballs & their eggplant rollatini, at that point we decided not to even try dinner, I reserved thru open table & mentioned that we were first time patrons and that it was my husbands bday, they did not even acknowledge it. We rarely go into to Hartford, just a waste of time.

  13. B

    Bazo

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food modestly priced. Shared an eggplant appetizer, tasty and well done. Caesar salads were fresh, well dressed. Croutons added a soft crunch not a hard one. Veal dishes were both good. Prefered the polenta to the risotto. Cocktails were just right. Try this place out. You can't go wrong.

  14. JA

    JaneA

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience2

    The food was excellent, staff friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Wine glasses sparkled. The ambiance was not their priority, sort of old fashion. Prices were good value, wine was excellent, good pour. Bathrooms could be updated and cleaned a little more. Overall Good option, we will probably return, but don’t expect a Max Downtown experience or tab. Good crowd of patrons.

  15. O

    Ournewfavorite

    New England

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    We felt due to the great article in the local paper they were overwhelmed. They were very understaffed however, our waitperson was excellent. The food was delicious. We will definitely go back, these are hopefully growing pains.

  16. F

    Fantastic

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    Food was excellent. The service was very very slow. Seemed like they did not have enough staff.

  17. SM

    ScottM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    No host to meet our party. Server screwed up on three orders. He corrected them and comped one. Food was fair all around expensive for what it was. Said desserts were made in house but appeared to be bought.

  18. CD

    CarlyD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant accommodated a party of 10 wonderfully. The service and food were excellent and the environment was perfect. Even with 10 of us we were able to hear each other without shouting over loud music or other guests. The setting felt like a family restaurant. Definitely recommend!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great happy hour deals. We enjoyed our dinners (veal, chicken and salmon). The limoncello cake and tiramisu were delicious. Looking forward to returning after their grand opening which will have the full menu available. Highly recommend!

  20. g

    gooseroff

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a brand new father/son restaurant moved here from new Haven. I'm an Italian that loves to cook. They recommended a veal cutlet sandwich that came with two massive freshly breaded and fried cutlets with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, great bread and toppings. I think this place will become a hit with the locals The friend I was with had the HOME MADE orecheti with sausage and broccoli rabe which he said was incredible. Best sandwich I've had in Hartford, hands down.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    I made a reservation for bar seating and when we arrived they hadn’t reserved our seats, luckily there were 4 seats available. The bar tenders we nice but seemed a little stressed due to it being busy. Food was okay...limited menu due to it being game night at the XL Center but the options were okay.

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Fornarelli's is rated 4.4 stars by 21 OpenTable diners

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Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Fornarelli's

283 Asylum St Hartford, CT 06103-2002

  • Neighbourhood

    Hartford / West Hartford

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Brunch
    Sat 11:00 am–1:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    public lot available close by

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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