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Il Forno Brunch

Il Forno has had a home at the top end of Duke Street since the start. With a pair of brothers at the helm, an army of suit-clad Italians running the show and a number of accolades and awards under their belt,  they've made a name for themselves as one of Liverpool's go-to places for proper Italian food.

Now I've always had a slight issue with 'bottomless brunches' in that they seem to be more about getting smashed than actually eating. If anything, I'd much prefer the food to be bottomless rather than the booze but we'll save that particular issue for another day.  Thankfully the offering at Il Forno managed to change my mind, as it was as much about good quality, proper food as it was the refillable prosecco. In my opinion a much more classy undertaking than many of the boozy brunch offerings in the city.

For just £25 you can choose 3 dishes from the brunch menu to accompany your bottomless beverages (although I'd recommend going as a group as you can order more and get to try a bit of everything!). The menu is typically Italian and is all about small plates of the classics- bread, cured meats and a selection of pasta dishes. 

We all started with a Bruschette Classica, a mix of three different breads topped with garlic, tomatoes and heaps of olive oil.

Next up was a Carbonara- a brunch-time revelation in my opinion. I remember watching Jamie Oliver or someone making a hangover carbonara once and being baffled by the whole thing but I've definitely seen the light!  The Il Forno version is rich and creamy  and probably my favourite dish of the bunch. 

Last but not least we shared a baked Aubergine Parmigiana and Cheesey Fondue Potato Flan- two really great additions from the vegetarian section, finishing with a selection of (incredible) gelato from the cabinet. 

If  you're looking for a bottomless brunch in Liverpool where the food matches up to the drinks then Il Forno is definitely the place. Molto bella!

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