This past Monday, a restaurant in Decatur quietly opened it’s doors, seeming to rely most heavily on the best form of advertising around – word of mouth. So here goes my mouth (err…typing?).
Seriously. I haven’t heard any radio, seen any paper ads (but we don’t get the paper), or any TV or Facebook buzz about them. A hand-drawn marker sign posted by the road announced they were open, and so last night we decided to give it a try.
The sign outside told us it was a place to get some brick-oven pizza. “IL FORNO” means “the oven” in Italian, and sure enough we were greeted by a giant brick oven as we walked in. We expected a “hole in the wall” bar atmosphere that served pizza based on the outside, but were pleasantly surprised as we walked in. This place would be a great choice for both a family pizza night in t-shirt/shorts, but with candle-lit tables and Tuscan decor – it’s a great date-night option as well.
The range continues with the menu! We were drawn in by their gluten-free choices, but distracted by the TONS of other options as well. Appetizers even more creative than the garden where I guess they grow the olives. Plenty of salad options that could be entire meals, chicken dishes, seafoods, sandwiches/paninis, steaks, many veal dishes, pastas/sauces/meats, a whole page of gourmet pizzas, and even a couple “dessert pizza” options.
My wife ordered the “Romano Chicken”, which was a chicken breast served on a bed of three-cheese mashed potatoes, covered in a home-made Romano cheese sauce, and topped with several pieces of tender asparagus. I went with a “Chicken (cant remember this word) Panini”…and holy cow it was awesome. It was a chicken breast topped with several slices of prosciutto, served on a fresh ciabatta roll spread with garlic pesto sauce. Mine also came with mashed potatoes that tasted ah. maze. ing.
I stopped eating after the first half of my sandwich. Usually this is because I’m so full, I don’t want to become stuffed. As full as I was, the reason I stopped was to that I could extend my sandwich experience over another day. Heated up for lunch today was equally as awesome.
Our bill was about $25, because once in a while we eat like rich people. The wait staff are very new, which means new jobs for Decatur – always a good thing. The little old Italian couple and what I assume is their son in the kitchen – seem to have captured something awesome here. I encourage you to check it out, and support the local economy while you do it. You’ll be very glad you did!!!