Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sights, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana. Il Fornaio owns 21 full-service restaurants serving creatively prepared, premium-quality Italian cuisine based on authentic regional Italian recipes. Il Fornaio "Cucina Italiana e Panetteria" (restaurants and retail bakeries) provide in-house dining, as well as a retail market, offering unique baked goods, prepared foods, and a variety of Il Fornaio-brand products. In conjunction with the restaurant and bakeries, Il Fornaio also operates catering facilities at such prestigious locations as The Hotel St. Claire and The Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto.