Restaurant Review Roulette: Il Forno Italian Grill

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to Holly Springs, so I’m pretty sure I’ve never been to Il Forno Italian Grill, the subject of this week’s restaurant review in the News & Observer (note: the website has music, but at least this time, it’s Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon”).  Il Forno seems to be a pretty standard Italian-American joint, with all the typical offerings found at nearly every other Italian-American restaurant.  The key to guessing how good this restaurant is, and thus, how many stars Greg Cox will give it, then comes down to execution.

The Yelpsters seem to like it, but once again, there’s some reviews in there that say something like, “I’m from New York and my parents spent a week in Italy, so I know Italian food.”  Geesh.  I mean, we all pretty much know Italian food, although far too many people have had their minds and palates numbed by the likes of the Olive Garden — blecch.

But I digress. I suspect that Il Forno is probably a little better than average.  That comes across in some of their Facebook page’s photos, but it’s also because they were serving bucatini dishes at the time.  If a restaurant serves bucatini (and mind you, there’s no mention of that tubular pasta on the menu), then they care!

So, I’m going to waffle between 3 and 3.5 stars, with 3 being the slight favorite.

5 stars — 555 to 1

4.5 stars – 111 to 1

4 stars — 7 to 1

3.5 stars — 5 to 2

3 stars — 3 to 2

2.5 stars —  3 to 1

2 stars — 6 to 1

1.5 stars — 13 to 1

1 star — 20 to 1

Place your bets!


Edit, August 20, 2010 — Ah, the dangers of this game of Review Roulette: Sometimes, places look a lot better than what they are, as evidenced by Il Forno’s 2.5 star review in today’s N&O.  Greg Cox stated that the place has “flashes of promise” but are “still ironing out the wrinkles.”  Oh, well.


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