The name of this restaurant itself gives the game away in the best possible fashion, indicating precisely the centrepiece of this distinguished Italian restaurant along Singapore’s East Coast Road. ‘Forno’ means ‘oven’ in Italian, and at Al Forno’s East Coast premises it’s the traditional wood-fired oven that imparts that inimitable flavour to all manner of dishes, not just the proper Neapolitan pizza that this eatery is famous for. Established in 1995, Al Forno has become a fixture both for casual dining and for private hire, so be sure to book well in advance.
Okay, it’s true, Al Forno is, at least for East Coast locals, famed for it’s pizza above all else. After all, this is a Neapolitan Italian restaurant, and Naples is most famous for inventing Italy’s most famous culinary export, the pizza, and you can rest assured that this restaurant does not deviate from the demands that tradition places on producing the perfect pie. All the classics are represented on the menu, but it’s a safe bet that Singapore’s seafood fanatics will be into the costeria speciale, topped with mozzarella plus sauteed clams, prawns, mussels and squid.
Oven-baked main courses are also a major feature at Al Forno, with our recommendation being the whole red snapper making tasty friends with clams, mussels and prawns in a white wine sauce. A horde of other classic Italian pasta dishes, sides and desserts are on offer at this East Coast favourite, but be sure to watch out for the ever-changing promotional set meals such as the Sunday brunch menu, offering Singapore diners the chance to really explore authentic Italian cuisine at great prices. While Al Forno’s East Coast Road restaurant is spacious enough for a large celebration, casual diners are advised to make an advance booking.
One of the best places to get good Italian food in the east. The clams are a must try! Having the pizza and pasta here makes it hard for you to have Italian food elsewhere. Good place for a date or to bring family. Come with more people, it's easier to share more yummy food :)
As always, never disappointed. Love the food and service there
Best spaghetti vongole I've tried! Great food and great ambience!
My fav hangout for authentic Italian food in the east!
It was this Monday night that my partner and I visited Al Forna after a long absence of almost a year. Restaurant was moderately busy on a Monday night. We ordered clams, lagsana and a pizza. Clams were a bit over cooked. Lagsana were a bit bland which we have put aside after a couple of bites. We asked for the dessert menu after finishing the clams and pizza. We had ordered Irish coffee at least 4 times during our past visits although it was not on the menu. Surprisingly, it is on the current dessert menu. The waiter who gave us the dessert menu did not come back for our dessert order after more than 10 mins. We finally got hold of a senior waitress's attention and ordered lemon cello for two after complaining about the lack of service to her. She brought us the lemon cello and mentioned that it is on the house. This is a nice touch.
Great food, lovely ambience and good value. For starters - Carpaccio Napoletano - fresh thin slices of raw beef on a bed of rocket salad topped with shaved parmesan cheese. This was good and the beef left a very clean taste on the palate. For mains, we had the Spaghetti Cartoccio - spaghetti with mixed seafood (crayfish, prawns, squid, mussels, clams), capers, black olives and a dash of chilli in tomato sauce. EXCELLENTE and really good value for money. Would have given a 6 if not that they now charge for bread when most other Italian restaurants, it's usually complementary.
Excellent Italian restaurant with a good ambience (casual and family friendly). Salad was a tad disappointing as the waitress neglected to inform my partner that there was no avocado (they had run out of it) in the salad, when there ought to be in the first place. Had the vongole which was done to perfection. Portions are decent.
Came to Al Forno with my family for dinner. The atmosphere is very cozy. Ordered Pastas and Pizzas which were all delicious. The bottle of wine that was recommended to us was great. Would definitely come again in the future if my family crave for Italian food.
Food was great! The price was a little more than the average price but you got them back in your food - "fish fillet" in pasta was actually cod fish fillet :) All in all the place was great just that it could get a little noisy as all the guests were chatting away~
Laid back family-friendly restaurant. Many diners seem to be enjoying the pastas and pizzas. We ordered mozarella cheese, Linguine Al Aragosta and Tagliate Di Carne. The mozarella cheese tasted a little harder than others that we have tried. The linguine was good although the lobster didn't taste real 'fresh'. For the Tagliate, we asked for medium-well but it came out very well-done to the point of being burnt for most of the pieces of meat. Will try the pizzas next time!