“Bring On The Chef In You” recently conduct a review for “IL FORNO at the Abu Dhabi Mall. The following is the review compiled by – Darren Serrao.
If you are in a shopping mood in Abu Dhabi, the best place to be in is Abu Dhabi Mall. A sure welcome escape from the summer heat and a world of choice it offers when it comes to shopping. After shopping… and spending all that dough, it is then time to quench your thirst and appease your hunger pangs. The choice is extensive at the Food Court on the 3rd Floor and our noses did the walking as the aroma of food dragged us in the direction of the Italian Restaurant…IL FORNO.
We were intrigued with the name “IL FORNO” and looking at the hungry customers chomping on the their Pizzas and Pastas, our hungry tummies got hungrier and made us wander further towards the reception counter.
As we were from “Bring On”, we were ushered into a special table towards the Open Seating Area. The air was a bit hot and humid, but the gentle breeze from the Reem Islands was refreshing and welcome. The beautiful view of the sea, the palm trees and the hustle and bustle of the city below was so breathtaking; that we overlooked the heat, ordered our refreshments and took in the view as we slowly sipped on the Papaya Zone and Blue Moon that we ordered.
The Papaya Zone was lovely, not too sweet at the right temperature and as yummy as all smoothies are. It was loaded with fresh papaya, some peaches and pineapples and helped us energize in a matter of minutes. I think we were a bit too adventurous on the Blue Moon; as it was nice; but had a slightly acidic taste, and the culprit could either be the blueberries or sour grapes ….no pun intended.
The Italians believe that food solves anything and in Italy, people use to talk and discuss about important problems or issues around a table for lunch or dinner. So we were not surprised when the Menu consisted of a wide variety of pizza, pasta, antipasti, salad, secondo, soups, farfalle, penne, spaghetti and all things Italian. The waiter was kind enough to give us some suggestions and we ordered starters of Salad and Mozzarella Fingers.
The Mozzarella Fingers were loaded with warm oozing cheese and we loved them to bits. They disappeared quickly. Mozzarella Fingers were coated in a batter and deep fried to golden perfection. We dipped them in marinara sauce ….sheer heaven.
When it was time to order the main-course, just for a wee moment we thought about the calories; but then decided that life is too short….and we’d rather eat Pasta & Pizza and Mozzarella Fingers than be a size zero ;).
Within no time our main course arrive and we must commend the speedy service as it would be a pain to wait for the main-course as is normal in a busy and crowded restaurant.
Our main course was the following :-
- IL Forno Special Pizza
- Farfalle Saffron Butterfly Pasta
- Bistella Alla Porcine Steak with Grilled Vegetables and sauce
The sauce, a mushroom based sauce, added to its awesomeness. Grilled vegetables of Green Peppers, Carrots, Tomatoes and Mushrooms were served on the side and they were so hot and crunchy and complimented the steak rather well.
The Farfalle Pasta was cooked in mild and delicate butter garlic sauce and it was so yummy that you just could not stop eating it. We had a good mind to talk to the chef and steal the recipe from him so that we could share it with our “Bring On” readers.
Now the award goes to the IL FORNO Special Pizza, full marks for presentation, taste, toppings and portion of course.
The medium Pizza, could easily feed 4-6. By the time we were done, we were stuffed to the gills that we had to refuse dessert….. something very unusual.
We left the place in a trance but vowed that we would spread the word about this place and of course had to do a repeat soon.
On the whole do not underestimate the IL FORNO ITALIAN RESTURANT; with good and quick service and taste so superior that you would surely want to say; Yeh Dil Mangey More (thats in Hindi, which translates that this heart asks for more)…. and repeat the experience again and again and again.
And yes don’t leave without trying “the Mozzarella Fingers” they will bowl you over.
It was the 13th Anniversary of the opening of the IL FORNO on 15th April, 2014; and we were invited once again. We went there just for the “Cake Cutting” but were pleasantly surprised with a “Dinner” as well.