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Il Fornaio Catering, Northern California

Wedding Caterer
Main Office Location:

Multiple locations, California

Contact: Dina Ardizzone, Off-Site Catering and Sales Manager
Phone: 408/271-3350
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Service Area:

Throughout California

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Vendor Type { Caterer }
Company Founded { 1981 }

Receive a complimentary 1-year wedding anniversary dinner for two at any of the 21 locations after you have your reception with Il Fornaio Catering!

Services Offered

If you’ve been to an Il Fornaio restaurant, you know they specialize in fresh, delicious, beautifully presented, authentic Italian cuisine. And the great news is that you can have that fabulousness for your wedding, either at one of their venues or at a place of your choosing.

Not only will they prepare their luscious regional Italian cuisine for events of any size, they have a reputation for being very easy to work with. Brides we talked to gave them high marks for listening, suggesting ideas, organization and communication. We consistently heard how much couples appreciate Il Fornaio’s ability to customize where requested and work within a budget. Nearly every couple mentioned how much they love the all-inclusive packages, which take the guesswork out of planning and ensure no hidden charges. Whew!

Il Fornaio accommodates weddings, corporate and social events and offers:

  • Full-service on-site or off-site catering and beverage services
  • Experienced catering staff
  • All-inclusive packages
  • Custom menu options
  • Event planning
  • Decor and event elements including tents, dance floors, flowers, lighting, audiovisual, and creative themes
  • Vendor referrals

Il Fornaio provides off-site catering at the location of your choosing, as well as private dining for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and receptions at their own locations in:


Questions and Answers

What 3 words best describe your work?

Authentic Italian Catering.

Tell us about your company name.

Il Fornaio means "The Baker" in Italian.

Why should someone hire you?

You can rent part or all of one of our restaurants for your ceremony, reception, dinner and dancing—AND you'll be provided with restaurant—quality menus executed by our Il Fornaio chefs and kitchen staff, and served by the same staff who operate our restaurant. No temporary chefs, temp on-call servers, etc.!

What are the common misconceptions about your services?

That we are really expensive, when in fact our prices are typically 20% below what other full-service catering companies charge. We're able to offer reasonable pricing because all of the employees are already working for us, and we have REAL, actual restaurants which have been in business for many years!

What is the best advice you give a couple when planning their wedding?

Look at the whole process and create what makes you and your fiance happy. Don’t worry about all of the little things that can take away from the pure joy of the day.

About This Company

From its origins as a baking school in Italy—established to preserve and teach centuries’-old traditional neighborhood baking—Il Fornaio has expanded, first with bakeries and then with restaurants. Today, Il Fornaio operates full-service Italian restaurants serving cuisine based on authentic regional Italian recipes.

Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana e Panetteria (restaurants and bakeries) serve lunch and dinner, offer catering platters for meetings, operate a retail market, and provide full-service catering at their restaurants, at hotels where they’re the in-house caterers, and at off-site locations.

Il Fornaio Catering, Northern California Covers These Areas:

Northern California
  - East Bay
  - Monterey and Carmel
  - North Bay / Marin
  - Peninsula
  - San Francisco
  - South Bay / San Jose
  - And other areas by special arrangement.

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Bride Reviews

“I LOVE Il Fornaio! They are amazing! Delicious and professional! My New York Italian family all loved the food and that is a big deal for New Yorkers to say that!!”

My husband and I both went to culinary school, so the food was very high on our priority list. I was so happy with the food. I was able to see all the food that was coming out of the kitchen and everything looked great and, more importantly, tasted delicious!! I ended up not going to the cocktail hour, but they were able to arrange for little plates of all the appetizers that were passed around during cocktail hour and had them waiting for us at our sweetheart table! And did I mention that the portions are generous?”

We had a tasting and fell in love with the food instantly—I would give the tasting experience a 10. The food was phenomenal and they customized a mushroom sauce for our steaks!! Everyone at the wedding stated food was great, especially the vegetarian dish.”

“Everything went perfect! The food was perfect.”

“One of the things that really saved me with Il Fornaio and something that I didn’t see very much with other reception locations was the all inclusiveness of their services. The fact that I didn’t have to worry about taxes and gratuity because it was already included was huge. All the packages also include a champagne toast and an open bar for cocktail hour with passed appetizers. They have 2 bottles of wine for each table included with dinner. There is also no cake cutting fee. They don’t charge for the bride and groom’s meal. I could go on and on. Choosing Il Fornaio was the best decision that I made for my wedding reception.

“We had a plated 4 course meal for 80 guests that was executed perfectly as if they only had 4 people to wait on. Their food is amazing and as an Italian, that’s saying a lot! Also, one of our choices was fish and to prepare fish correctly for that many people is very hard to do, but not for Il Fornaio.”

‘I was very happy with our meal and I have gotten a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our guests as well.”

“I had not one worry that day. I never thought I could afford an open bar and I was able to have it. NO hidden costs most important.”

“Our contact was a great resource. She was professional, organized, and also full of great suggestions. She made planning our wedding a breeze.  She was always available and responded through phone call or email within 24 hours or less.  Our contract was very clear, and she worked with my family to make sure we stayed in budget.”

“We plan to go to an Il Fornaio on every wedding anniversary….it’s that good!

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