A Menu Inspired by Italy’s ‘Green Heart’

Located in the heart of Italy, Umbria is the only Italian region with no coastline or border with a foreign country. This region is known for its picturesque countryside and unique cuisine. The Tiber River runs along Umbria's southern border and creates rich agricultural land. One of Umbria's main agricultural sources is sheep - they're raised and herded throughout this region as well as other regions located along the Apennine Mountains. Much … [Read more...]

Win a Trip for Two to Italy!

We are thrilled to announce that Jan, a guest of Il Fornaio San Jose, is our most recent winner of a Trip for Two to Italy. Jan earned all six stamps on her Passaporto from July through December to become eligible for the drawing. Jan was joined by Il Fornaio President Mike Beatrice, Il Fornaio San Jose Chef Francesco Gazzana and General Manager Sergio Lopez to celebrate!     Want to put an Italia stamp on your real … [Read more...]

Begin Your Culinary Journey Through Italy!

Join us January 1-14 to try dishes inspired by recipes from the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. This mountainous northern Italian region is known for its hearty cuisine.     In many Italian regions, pasta is the most popular main course - in Trentino it's common to find filling soups. Our Festa Regionale Trentino menu includes Zuppa d'Orzo alla Trentina (barley soup with cannellini beans, Swiss chard & leeks; drizzled … [Read more...]

The Sophisticated Cuisine of Piemonte

Piemonte, a region in northwest Italy, is celebrate for its fine wines and cuisine. This region is the home of many Michelin-starred restaurants that take full advantage of local produce and use traditional cooking techniques. The interest in local cuisine is especially prevalent in the fall, as white truffle harvest season arrives. Piemonte is known as a hub for white truffles. Worth their weight in gold, truffles are used extensively in … [Read more...]