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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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  • 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

Antipasto

Build your own cold antipasto

  • Fornarelli's House Cold AntipastoUS$29.00

    Chef's selection

    • Prociutto de ParmaUS$4.00

      Imported Italian ham

      • Speck ProciuttoUS$4.00

        Smoked imported Italian ham

        • Hot CapocolloUS$3.00

          Traditional Italian cold cut

          • SopressataUS$3.00

            Dried Italian salami

            • MortadellaUS$3.00

              Italian bologna with black pepper and pistachios

              • Stuffed Cherry Peppers

                House stuffed with prosciutto and sharp provolone

                • eachUS$2.00
              • Grilled VegetablesUS$4.00

                An assortment of fresh veggies cooked over hot flames

                • Marinated ArtichokesUS$3.00

                  Artichokes marinated in Fornarelli's secret marinade

                  • Marinated BeetsUS$2.00

                    Beets marinated in Fornarelli's secret marinade

                    • Marinated EggplantUS$2.00

                      Eggplant marinated in Fornarelli's secret marinade

                      • Marinated MushroomsUS$2.00

                        Mushrooms marinated in Fornarelli's secret marinade

                        Antipasti - Appetizers

                        • Shrimp Cocktail*US$12.00

                          Five jumbo shrimp served with house made cocktail sauce

                          • CapreseUS$9.00

                            Fresh mozzarella with sliced tomatoes, basil, EVOO and a balsamic drizzle

                            • Grilled Shrimp*US$12.00

                              Five grilled shrimp marinated in lemon, pepper and EVOO served over a bed of greens

                              • BraccioleUS$10.00

                                One beef bracciole stuffed with mortadella and parmesan cheese over ricotta cheese with our house made tomato sauce

                                • Pulpo de Giovanni*US$12.00

                                  Marinated octopus with EVOO and fresh lemon served cold

                                  • Carciofi alla BareseUS$8.00

                                    Seasoned artichokes egg battered and fried

                                    • PanzerottiUS$10.00

                                      Fried dough stuffed with mozzarella, parmesan, capers and tomato chunks

                                      • Grilled Calamari*US$9.00

                                        Tossed in EVOO, garlic and fresh lemon

                                        • Sicilian CalamariUS$14.00

                                          Fried calamari tossed with a fradiablo sauce in an edible bowl

                                          • MeatballsUS$9.00

                                            Two of our famous meatballs over ricotta cheese and our house made tomato sauce

                                            • Eggplant RollitiniUS$6.00

                                              Fried eggplants stuffed with fresh ricotta, drizzled in our signature tomato sauce

                                              • Arancini BallsUS$6.00

                                                Italian rice with prociutto, parmesan cheese and pea topped with fresh tomato sauce

                                                Formaggio - Cheeses

                                                • ManchegoUS$4.00

                                                  Made from sheep's milk, has a lingering hint of sweetness

                                                  • Aged ProvoloneUS$4.00

                                                    Aged with mildly sharp and buttery flavor

                                                    • Piave VecchioUS$5.00

                                                      Firm, sweet, with a slight almond bitterness

                                                      • Pecorino CrotoneseUS$4.00

                                                        Firm, aged cheese made from sheep's milk

                                                        • DairyereUS$6.00

                                                          Aged 18-12 months for a medium sharp, nutty taste. Local cheeses out of Colchester, CT

                                                          • VivaceUS$6.00

                                                            Mild aged with supple texture and medium bite. Local cheeses out of Colchester, CT

                                                            Insalata - Salads

                                                            add chicken* $5, add whole anchovies $2, add salmon* $7, add grilled shrimp* $3 ea

                                                            • Insalata della Casa (House Salad)

                                                              Mesclun greens with cucumber, onions and cherry tomatoes tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing

                                                              • SmallUS$5.00
                                                              • LargeUS$8.00
                                                            • Insalata Caesar

                                                              Hearts of romaine tossed in a house made caesar dressing with croutons and shaved parmesan

                                                              • SmallUS$7.00
                                                              • LargeUS$10.00

                                                            Zuppa

                                                            Ask your server about our soup of the day

                                                            • Pasta Fagioli

                                                              • CupUS$5.00
                                                              • BowlUS$7.00

                                                            Contorni - Sides

                                                            • Sautéed SpinachUS$5.00

                                                              • Broccoli RabeUS$6.00

                                                                • Grilled ZucchiniUS$4.00

                                                                  • RisottoUS$5.00

                                                                    • PastaUS$5.00

                                                                      • Roasted PotatoesUS$5.00

                                                                        • PolentaUS$4.00

                                                                          • Roasted PeppersUS$3.00

                                                                            Ravioli

                                                                            all ravioli are house made

                                                                            • LobsterUS$22.00

                                                                              lobster ravioli in a tomato vodka sauce

                                                                              • Artichoke and Spinach RavioliUS$20.00

                                                                                spinach with artichoke in a gorgonzola cream sauce

                                                                                • Meat RavioliUS$18.00

                                                                                  beef, spinach with bit ricotta for love in our famous tomato meat sauce

                                                                                  • Butternut RavioliUS$18.00

                                                                                    served with an elegant white wine sage sauce

                                                                                    • Chicken & Roasted Garlic RavioliUS$18.00

                                                                                      served with a light cream sauce

                                                                                      • Cheese RavioliUS$15.00

                                                                                        filled with ricotta, spinach in a cherry tomato cream sauce

                                                                                        Specialty Pastas

                                                                                        • Pappardelle BologneseUS$20.00

                                                                                          Pappardelle pasta in an Italian beef ragout tomato sauce

                                                                                          • Orecchiette alla BareseUS$18.00

                                                                                            Ear shaped pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe

                                                                                            • Fusilli con Beef BraccioleUS$19.00

                                                                                              Thin sliced top round beef rolled with mortadella and parmesan cheese, slowly cooked in a tomato sauce and served over a bed of fusilli pasta

                                                                                              • Spaghetti and MeatballsUS$17.00

                                                                                                House made meatballs over spaghetti with our house made tomato sauce

                                                                                                • Mama Fornarelli's Sunday Gravy

                                                                                                  Classic bracciole, meatballs and sausage all slow cooked in our signature tomato sauce served with your choice of pasta

                                                                                                  • Serves TwoUS$36.00
                                                                                                  • Serves FourUS$60.00

                                                                                                Pollo

                                                                                                • Fornarelli's Lemon Chicken*US$17.00

                                                                                                  Egg battered chicken breasts in a lemon, butter, white wine sauce served over polenta

                                                                                                  • Pollo di Saltimbocca*US$19.00

                                                                                                    Sautéed chicken topped with prosciutto and mozzarella in a sage marsala wine sauce served over polenta

                                                                                                    • Pollo ala Marsala*US$19.00

                                                                                                      Sautéed chicken with a creamy mushroom marsala wine sauce served with risotto

                                                                                                      Vitello

                                                                                                      • Vitello a la Marsala*US$23.00

                                                                                                        Golden brown veal cutlets in a creamy mushroom marsala wine sauce served with risotto

                                                                                                        • Vitello a la Picatta*US$23.00

                                                                                                          Sautéed veal cutlets with artichoke and capers in a lemon white wine sauce served over polenta

                                                                                                          • Vitello di Saltimbocca*US$23.00

                                                                                                            Sautéed veal cutlets topped with prosciutto and mozzarella in a sage marsala wine sauce served with risotto

                                                                                                            Bistecca

                                                                                                            • Lombata di Manzo*US$29.00

                                                                                                              Wet aged 16 oz ny strip grilled and served with roasted potatoes

                                                                                                              Pesce

                                                                                                              • Salmon FlorentineUS$26.00

                                                                                                                Grilled salmon over sliced tomatoes and spinach served with risotto

                                                                                                                • Frutti de MareUS$36.00

                                                                                                                  Lobster tail, shrimp, scallops, and clams over linguine (red, white, or fra diablo)

                                                                                                                  Last updated: March 20, 2020

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                  FAQs

                                                                                                                  Fornarelli's is rated 4.4 stars by 21 OpenTable diners

                                                                                                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                                                                                                                  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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