Head chef Paolo Cillo brings a true taste of Italy to Liverpool, combining generations of Italian tradition with his own unique creative flair, to create seasonal menus that have seen Il Forno be named nationally, again and again, one of the nation's finest restaurants.
Together with his brother, general manager Donato Cillo, the pair masterfully combine skill and passion to serve up traditional favours that ooze authenticity. Indeed, Il Forno epitomises the Italian kitchen - literally. Donato's wife is a pastry chef; his brother a pizza chef; as is his son. The Cillos personally source the finest products from their Italian roots, from award-winning olive oil to the traditional flour that creates Il Forno's famous wood-fire pizzas.

This is a family that lives and breathes Italian cuisine.

Receiving numerous national accolades over the past decade – from ‘Best Pizza’ at the 2015 English Italian Awards to being named one of the country’s top Italian restaurants by The Sunday Times food critic AA Gill – the Il Forno promise is simple. The best Italian ingredients, prepared by experienced Italian chefs, in a true Italian kitchen – with enough heart and soul to feed Italy.

Expect a buzz of Italian accents. Anticipate a bustle of native diners.
Experience Il Forno.

The proper Italian kitchen.

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