The new palate-stimulating weekend brunch at Il Fornaio in Woodland Hills on Topanga Canyon Boulevard serves up everything from omelets with an Italian twist to breakfast-esque pizzas – and seemingly everything in-between.

Since its inception, the Il Fornaio Italian restaurant network has strived to provide its guests with the most authentic dining experience outside of Italy, with each location designed specifically to cater to the community it serves – as such, restaurant hours, menus and reservation policies vary by locale, whether it be California, Las Vegas, Seattle or Denver. The executives behind the Il Fornaio name pride themselves on offering a virtual cornucopia of premium-quality Italian cuisine served alongside impressive wine selections and cocktails, all presented amidst the backdrop of jaw-dropping settings that indeed inspire the appetite.

waffle alla frutta

All 22 kitchens in the Il Fornaio network are lorded over by Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon, who utilizes time-honored recipes and preparation methods Italians have mastered over centuries of crafting expert dishes. Perhaps nowhere is this expertise more evident than when demonstrated by Il Fornaio’s Festa Regionale, the monthly exploration of the food and wine of the various regions of Italy, a passion for authenticity that has been fostered for almost 20 years.

Strategically situated on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, the Il Fornaio Woodland Hills, California location has established itself not only as a “place to be seen” by L.A.’s jet set, but as a fantastically authentic Italian dining experience, enjoyed by legions of return customers who regularly revel in the eatery’s beauty, charm and delicious cuisine. While this Il Fornaio locale is applauded for just about every item offered on its encompassing menu, it’s been the restaurant’s weekend brunch that has been causing a stir on Los Angeles’ trendy culinary scene as of late, and for good reason.

Served at 10 am on Saturdays and Sundays, Il Fornaio’s brunch beckons first and foremost with a bevy of eye-opening beverages to choose from, including Mimosas, Bellinis (prosecco wine and peach juice), Leonardos(prosecco wine and strawberry juice), a Bloody Mary Bar (where guests can craft their own), Arancia (fresh orange juice) and Pompelmo (fresh grapefruit juice). From there, guests can browse the Per Cominciare selections like Cestino Della Pasticceria (fresh baked pastry and muffin basket), Frutti Di Bosco Allo Yogurt (fresh mixed berries with low-fat yogurt), Avena Assortita (housemade granola with raisins, honey and fresh berries), Piatto Di Frutta(selection of tropical fruits) and Bruschetta Al Salmone (grilled ciabatta rubbed with garlic and topped with herbed crème fraiche and smoked salmon, drizzled with lemon-olive oil, red onions and chive).

Piatto di frutta

Moving on to the main specialties taking center stage during Il Fornaio Woodland Hills’ weekend brunch, patrons can choose from such dishes as Frittelle Allo Sciroppo D’Acero (pancakes with butter and pure New England maple syrup), Tosto Francese (French toast with mascarpone cheese and pure New England maple syrup), Waffle Alla Frutta (warm waffle with fresh strawberries and bananas, soft whipped cream, powdered sugar and pure New England maple syrup) and all types of omelets and eggs.

Brunch time pizza selections include Pizza Papalina (tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, onions, crispy potatoes, ham and scrambled eggs) and Calzoncino Del Mezzadro (housemade folded pizza filled with scrambled eggs, sausage, onions, provolone cheese and parmesan).

If you happen to be in the Woodland Hills area and can’t decide on breakfast or lunch, stop by Il Fornaio for the perfect balance – Italian style.

Il Fornaio in Woodland Hills is located at 6320 Topanga Canyon Boulevard and can be reached by calling (818) 297-1700. For more information visit