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Breakfast, Brunch, San Francisco

Il Fornaio, San Jose, CA


302 South Market St.
San Jose, CA

Cost: less than $30 for two


Redemption, baby!

Il Fornaio was easily the best breakfast we had on our trip. After barely eating the day before we were ecstatic over the prospect of breakfast!

The Hotel Montgomery‘s desk clerk suggested we breakfast at Il Fornaio which was literally down the street, so we decided to give it a try.

We found it situated inside The Saint Claire, a gorgeous 1920s boutique hotel.

The enormity of the restaurant is not fully conveyed through these two measly photographs. With high ceilings, buttery walls and toast-coloured seating (okay, that may just be my stomach talking) Il Fornaio had a superb ambiance for breakfast and all things edible.


Filone bread stuffed with eggs, sausage, bell peppers, onion, tomatoes and Tabasco topped with cheese (in my case, cheese on the side). With a glass of Arancia (Orange juice) $3.50

The Babelfish translation for this dish is: “TRADITION WITH FILLING PICCANTE” (anyone?)…whatever, it was delicious and it’s something I plan on creating myself one of these days!


Two eggs (we chose egg whites only) , any style, grilled potatoes and onions; toasted filone bread.

Yes, “EGGS APPEAL TO” appealed to me very much, thank you Babelfish.

Beautiful china like this was filled with coffee and my usual, Earl Grey tea.

Overall Il Foranio gets huge props for its lovely ambiance, friendly service, great prices and tasty dishes! In fact, we would have gotten some pastries from there too but we’d heard that Bijan Bakery & Cafe boasted an enormous array of delectable treats, so we decided to head over there instead.

Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana in San Jose



3 thoughts on “Il Fornaio, San Jose, CA

  1. Three words: Best Breakfast Ever! Couldn’t agree more – sooooo goood — worth the morning trip to SJ!

    Posted by OOj | July 26, 2008, 09:53
  2. I sometimes use the 5200 (’cause it’s always with me), but these shots were taken with our Nikon D40. And, thanks! 🙂

    Posted by TP24 | April 25, 2008, 07:39
  3. you are becoming an expert restaurant photographer!! Are you still on the trusty ol 5200?

    Posted by akim_hobo | April 24, 2008, 20:21

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