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5.1 /6 Excellent 20 Reviews

Il Fornello

Bloomsbury Italian £ +100
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About Il Fornello

Il Fornello is literally Italian for the oven, and the centrepiece of this Bloomsbury Italian restaurant is undoubtedly the traditional, wood-fired stone oven that the skilled pizzaioli use to turn out fantastic Neapolitan discs that are uniformly delicious but topped with various gourmet ingredients. Il Fornello doesn’t stop at Italy’s most famous export, though, offering a menu packed with classic Italian dishes. Plus, their Southampton Row premises house a banqueting room ideal for Londoners looking to dine in true Italian style.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 00:00
Il Fornello, 150 Southampton Row, WC1B 5AN London

Further Information

Il Fornello boasts an enviable position down Bloomsbury’s Southampton Row. Right across from Russell Square (close to the tube, too), this Italian restaurant is a popular place for lunchtime diners looking for affordable, quality cuisine in this part of the city. In particular, the special set price menu draws in a big crowd, with a choice of starters and mains including Italian-style whitebait, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken cacciatora, and plaice in a white wine sauce, all adding up to a total you’d be hard pressed to best in this central London location.

There’s wine a plenty here, too, with classic Italian varietals available by the full or half bottle, ranging from Soave through to the medium-sweet Lambrusco and beyond. Il Fornello’s chef’s specials are where the real action happens at this central London Italian restaurant. Start with cozze marinara, fresh mussels in a white wine and cream sauce, mains like the pollo funghetto, chicken breast cooked in a creamy mushroom sauce, and fly the flag with the tricoloured penne pasta. This Southampton Row, Bloomsbury restaurant is often busy due to its great location and highly traditional menu – book early to avoid disappointment.


20 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 20 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 07:14

A gem of a place to eat food and service are the very best including the house wine You could pay a lot more and receive no better service or food from the so called top restaurants

1 review so far 6
01.02.2017 15:55

The restaurant was really warm and friendly. Food was excellent. I took my daughter and grandson and the waitress was really lovely with him, making a fuss of him which he loved. Apparently my daughter and I ate in this restaurant some 20 years ago and she remembered it when we got inside, she said it looked the same. Then she had the chicken Kiev so ordered it again and it didn't disappoint.

1 review so far 6
23.01.2017 14:23

Very pleasant staff and atmosphere. Food excellent - recommend the whitebait and the veal Milanese, washed down with a very nice bottle of Bardolino. Well worth a visit, we would certainly go again.

1 review so far 6
13.01.2017 19:14

Quite lunchtime on a winter's day with snow in the morning. Great food, good service and good value for money. Been before and will come again!

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 09:09

First visited Il Fornello 25 years ago; a fussy 18 year old who didn't wanna eat anything - that changed and my love affair with Italian food began. Been back on many occasions over the years but, this was my first visit in over 15 years. Still serving wonderful food and, delighted to see that the dessert trolley was still there. Would definitely recommend

1 review so far 3
11.09.2016 13:53

our table was originally booked for 11pm through your website but I rang direct to the restaurant a couple of days beforehand to change the time to 10.30pm, where the man seemed happy we were arriving earlier. on arrival we were greated and sat down, handed a menu and ordered drinks...........we felt quite rushed into ordering our food as if the waiting staff couldn't wait to get us fed and out as soon as possible....even though more people came in to eat after we had finished our meals. the food was pretty standard so would not visit again.

1 review so far 5
09.06.2016 10:02

The staff were friendly and pleasant. The food was filling and tasty although the spicy sausage pizza could have been spicier. They were very keen to promote the dessert trolley, of which we did partake. There was no hurry to get us out. All in all a good meal in a pleasant environment. Would definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
15.09.2016 09:35

Simple but excellent Italian food, wine and service at reasonable prices. While not overtly flashy, the menu is extensive and the food is good. Quieter during the week, but it is always reassuring to be in a restaurant surrounded S by Italian people.

1 review so far 4
29.02.2016 08:07

This was a family run business with excellent service set within a very relaxed atmosphere. The food was good with lovely flavours. We had the bottle of house red wine which was fine. Rustic, unpretentious and happy welcome. Would recommend if you are in the area.

1 review so far 5
19.08.2015 05:36

Excellent friendly service with good quality meals at a reasonable price. Our table had pasta, pizza and the lamb special and all enjoyed their meals. I'd go again if I was in the area.

1 review so far 6
27.06.2016 09:55

The food was absolutely delicious and value for money. The staff were very attentive and extremely friendly. Overall a very enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

2 reviews so far 5
10.10.2015 20:32

I have been to this restaurant several times and decided to have a birthday there with a large group of friends. The food is always good quality and the staff are always friendly.

1 review so far 5
30.04.2016 06:07

Relaxed ambiance family style service ,so wonderful to exist in trendy London - and excellent food at low cost . A real gem . It hasn't changed in over 1O years

1 review so far 5
28.02.2017 07:18

Good food and very friendly staff. Convenient location, not far from Holborn station. We went early, pre theatre and it was obvious that a number of the customers were regulars.

1 review so far 3
16.02.2016 09:51

The food was very poor, overcooked and tasteless. We've ordered some garlic bread with cheese and the cheese was not melted fully, pasta was overcooked and meat sauce was tasteless, pork chops were also overcooked. All in all wouldn't come back or recommend to others.

1 review so far 5
09.10.2016 08:51

Nice typical Italian food. Easy accessibility by metro. Prices of food and wines not high. I reccomed this restaurant to those who like typical Italian food.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 20:53

Fantastic time celebrating my sisters graduation. Very accommodating and great food. All six of us enjoyed our time very much! Especially the generous portion sizes

1 review so far 5
23.01.2016 09:48

Quirky, a bit old fashioned in deco, but a nice atmosphere and good food. Service good too. 😀 I'll go again. Good value for money.

1 review so far 4
07.09.2016 14:11

Booking through Quandoo was a simple and efficient service and the table was ready! Welcomed by staff, retaurant clean and tidy. Pleasant service, ordinary food.