Trattoria al Forno is a great place to hang out with a bottle of wine. The Italian restaurant is supposed to be a place where you can "Relish Old World favorites in a casual Italian eatery setting" which is going to ring true for some, but not for others. Everyone has their favorite Italian spot back home, and Trattoria has to offer "crowd-pleasing classics" don't they?
The location is well themed and the design cues are gorgeous, especially after the sun goes down. The setting is rich with dark wood tones and warm reds, but is still casual. Trattoria features a very large, open, on-stage kitchen that bustles with activity. Like I mentioned… a great place to hang out with a bottle of wine. All of those wines are 100% Italian as well, with over 60 offerings by the bottle and 25 by the glass.
Waaaaay back when this place was known as "Spoodles", it was one of the few locations where you could get a whole-roasted, head-on fish. Since then, they've become a little trendy, showing up here and there. Even through the Cat Cora "Kouzzina" years (the location has seen a few different concepts come and go)… you could get a whole-roasted fish. Today, you can still get a whole-roasted fish. How can you not love the consistency of it all?
The desserts and press-pot coffee at Trattoria are pretty amazing if you like the subtle cream flavors and freshness of Italian desserts… be sure to leave room if you're so inclined.