Special Events - Il Forno Classico

St. Patty’s Day Celebration

ifc-st-pattys-day-600pxJoin us in Finigan’s Irish Pub (you need to figure out who Finigan is) on Monday, March 17th from 4 to 10 pm for drink & food specials, and fun-a-plenty.

Click to view or download the menu.

New Year’s Eve Party!

Tuesday, December 31st at 8pmnew-years-eve

Four course dinner with pairings.

Only $100/person including tax and gratuity.
Reservations and pre-payment required.

More details to follow!

December’s Secret Dinner

Wednesday, December 4th at 7:30pm 

This is the ‘Big Daddy’ of dinners, high end wines and great food.
4 courses paired with beverages. Items unknown by anyone except Scotty and Victor.

$100/person including tax and gratuity.

*Dinner is limited to 32 guests – Avoid the Wait List and reserve your spot now!

Best of Sacramento

Thursday, November 21, 2013best-of-sac-2013 6 pm – 10:30 pm
Thunder Valley Casino Resort 

The “Party of the Year” to benefit our local March of Dimes. Since 1999, Sacramento Magazine has helped raise nearly $4,000,000 through this event, in support of the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies.

Attendance: 3500 capacity

Tickets: Tickets go on sale August 1st through March of Dimes and Ticketmaster
$100 /person in advance and $125/person day of event
Note: All ticket proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes

Dress: Cocktail

Parking: Free valet and parking provided by Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Entertainment: Live performances throughout the event on two stages

Best of all, more than 50 restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilled spirit vendors will be there. Many of the participating vendors will be Sacramento Magazine’s winners from the Best Restaurant issue. It’s a party where the food, drink and entertainment are quite simply the “BEST”!

Trinchero’s Build Your Own Bordeaux

Wednesday, November 20th at 7pm

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Research shows people want a deeper wine tasting and education ?experience than a typical winemaker dinner that’s limited to?food and wine pairings.

We introduce BYOB = Build Your Own Bordeaux?. A unique wine dinner offered only to a select number of established clubs?or restaurants.? Every guest is invited to blend their own Bordeaux-style wine with four of? the classic varietal components of Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,?Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc.? Guests love the competition and engagement of a memorable? experience!

What’s included:


  • 2 glasses of Cab
  • 1/2 glass Merlot
  • 1/2 glass Cabernet Franc
  • 1/ glass Petite Verdot
  • 1 glass Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 glass Trinchero Meritage
  • Rosemary Focaccia, Spring Salad, Filet Mignon Dinner, Tiramisu

Limited to 27 guests – make your reservation now!
$100/person – includes tax and gratuity
Reservations and prepay required

November’s Secret Dinner

SOLD OUT!!sold-out

Wednesday, November 13th at 7:30pm 

4 courses paired with beverages. Items unknown by anyone except Scotty and Victor.

*limited to 32 people

SOLD OUT…with an evergrowing wait list since the first event! 

Palio di Siena

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As we have been nearing the launch of our brand new website, the excitement is building. Rich and Jennifer were trying to get me to write a blog about the restaurant and our adventures. I was very reluctant, but after I had told them the story of the flags which you see on the top and bottom of this article, they insisted I tell the story. The Contrade flags that adorn the restaurant are the originals from the Palio de Siena.

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Sacramento Magazine – 30 Best Dishes – Meat Lover’s Lasagna

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This scrumptious slab of goodness—large enough to provide you with two (or maybe even three) meals—is prepared with Italian sausage, prosciutto and ground beef. Ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses add a creamy  component, and the richness is balanced by the judicious addition of spinach and sautéed mushrooms. Drenched in a robust marinara sauce, this lasagna is well worth the trip to Gold River. 2121 Golden Centre Lane, Gold River; (916) 858-0651; ilfornoclassico.com

Sacramento News & Review – Italian standby (Il Forno Classico)

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In the Lucas family neighborhood, the go-to joint for Italian is Café Vinoteca. Among its many enjoyments are lots of garden-fresh, organic ingredients, killer pies, remarkably friendly and accommodating staff and having the owners, Jim and Jane Ison, as close friends.

Empirical data suggests Il Forno Classico provides a similar service for the denizens of Gold River off Sunrise Boulevard, a few stoplights north of Highway 50. Tucked into the Gold Centre Lane’s supermarket-anchored brick strip mall, Il Forno lets a diner know precisely what to expect with the banner across its facade: pasta, pollo, pizza, focaccia, risotto, pesce, bistecca, dolce, espresso, vino, martini, birra. Vinoteca is far less gussied-up than the busy interior of Il Forno. There’s coats of arms from Sienna, cross-thatch tan and black upholstery, similarly hued tile work. It’s festive but a bit dark, the two-person booths tight.

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Golf & Lifestyle Magazine – Il Forno Classico Wine Spectator Award

ifc-golf001-612x774pxIf you love wine, great atmosphere, fun folks and fabulous food, then you’ve got to go to this Italian restaurant and wine shop. Owner Scott Litteral’s influence is felt throughout your “dining and wining” experience here. This influence extends to knowledgeable and attentive staff, menu creation and the obvious love of wine.

Very few restaurants have a wine shop adjacent to the dining room and most restaurants don’t have the selection, pricing or extensive by-theglass wine list to enjoy. II Forno carries approximately 500 wines, of which around 200 are Cabernets and 50 are offered by-the-glass!!

Wine Spectator Magazine recently awarded II Forno its Award of Excellence, which only nine other restaurants in Sacramento have achieved.

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