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Il Forno


Il Forno is an Italian restaurant in Medellin specializing in wood fired oven recipes. It’s one of my favorite places to go, not necessarily because it has the “best” food in Medellin, or because it’s the classiest place to be seen, but rather because it just seems to be a perfect mix of good food, good value, good selection, and good times.


They don’t do any one thing exceptionally well, but they do virtually everything well. That’s usually not a recipe for success, but here it just works.


The first time I went to Il Forno I was clearly expecting the Lleras experience because that’s the one I went to. We sat down and looked at the menu and were pleasantly surprised by the selection.


It was apparent that it was an Italian version of Tapas with small portions because the prices of entrees (at about $6) were considerably less than Lleras fare and the place looked nice. So we ordered….and ordered, and ordered, and ordered. We ordered samplings of a whole list of things for the table figuring we’d each sample all of the little dishes.


After we’d finished ordering, the waitress (who was doing her best to not stare at us in horror) asked us if we were sure we wanted all that food. And she reiterated “that’s really a lot of food”.


We were amazed. $6 entrees in Lleras? And they weren’t little rabbit food sized dishes? We were definitely curious at this point. Either this place is really bad, or this is our new favorite Lleras spot.


We canceled 2/3 of the order and figured we would just see how that started us off. Even the remaining 1/3 of our order was more than enough and we ended up taking some home.


And it wasn’t bad at all. I started with a Mexican Soup that was really good. And my Chicken Caesar Salad was good too. I’ve had Cannelloni, Lasagna, and Ravioli and haven’t had a meal that I’d call bad yet.


But the best thing isn’t even on the menu, and doesn’t even cost anything. Their little bread rolls are just addictive. If they made sliders of some sort with those little rolls I think you’d have to roll me out of there.


Don’t go in expecting 4 stars or delicacies, but if you’re looking for pretty good grub that won’t break the bank, this is the spot.


Mon to Wed: 12:00 Noon – 10:00 PM
Thurs to Sat: 12:00 Noon – 12:00 Midnight
Note: Zona Lucas and Zona Dos locations close at 10:30PM on Thursday through Saturday, only Lleras is open later.
Sundays and Holidays: 12:00 Noon – 9:00 PM


  • Domicilio: Yes

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