Sicilia – The Melting Pot of Italy

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicilia is a cultural melting pot. Its heritage - both historical and culinary - is as much Greek, Arab and Normal as it is Italian. These cultural influences, coupled with a sunny climate and fertile soil give Sicilia its abundance of unique foods and culinary traditions. Sicilia is home to over half of Italy's registered fishing boats, so much of it's diet is based on seafood. Swordfish, lobster, mussels … [Read more...]

The Cuisine of Campania

Campania is the best-known of Italy's southern regions. It is home to the bustling port city of Naples, the stunning Amalfi Coast and the infamous Mt. Vesuvius. In culinary terms, Campania is the origin of pizza, mozzarella, macaroni, spaghetti and much of Italy's citrus fruit is grown in the region. The warm climate and fertile soil of Campania allow for a long growing season. The abundance of sunlight combined with the rich soil allows … [Read more...]

Joan is Going to Italy!

We are thrilled to announce that Joan, a guest of Il Fornaio Pasadena, is the most recent winner of a Trip for Two to Italy. Joan eared all six stamps on her Passaporto from January to June 2017 to become eligible for the drawing. Want to put an Italian stamp on your real passport? Join us for dinner from now until this Sunday nigh, July 23rd, to experience Veneto. Be sure to get this cycle's first stamp on your Il Fornaio Passaporto to be … [Read more...]

Win a Trip for Two to Italy!

Don't miss the chance to put an Italia stamp on your real passport! The winner of our Trip to Italy for Two will visit an Italian region of their choice and receive compensation for 7 nights' accommodations and a meal at an authentic Italian restaurant!   You're invited to dine with Il Fornaio during our monthly Festa Regionale culinary adventure through the diverse regions of Italy! Each month, one of our chefs - often a native of … [Read more...]