In 1986 IL FORNELLO introduced Toronto to wood-oven baked pizza and the response was overwhelming. From the very first day IL FORNELLO opened its doors our priority has been to provide our guests with the highest quality food and service possible. But we have also anticipated and adapted to the evolving food preferences and sensitivities of our customers. As a result, IL FORNELLO was the first Italian restaurant to offer gluten-free pizza and pasta on our menu and, most recently, an extensive and creative Vegan menu that has been extremely successful.

Because of our constant focus on customer service, IL FORNELLO has not just weathered recessions, changing demographics and the constantly challenging landscape that is the food service industry, it has thrived. With successful corporate and franchise locations in Toronto, Ajax, Richmond Hill, Oakville and St Catharines, IL FORNELLO Restaurants is ready to grow again.

“As the first to bring Neapolitan-style, woodfired pizza to Toronto in 1986, restaurant group Il Fornello is well-known for changing the foodservice game when it comes to Italian-Canadian cuisine. The brand was also one of the first Italian-style restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area to offer gluten-free and vegan options.”
- Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine


With over 100 years of combined hospitality experience, three people have charted the course for IL FORNELLO from the very first day it opened, President Ian Sorbie and Vice President Operations, Stacey Patterson and Vice President Development, Sean Fleming. The consistent leadership has resulted in staff retention rates unparalleled in the industry and has provided a focused and solid strategy for growth.

Toronto Life’s Best Vegan Pizza

blogTO’s 35 Best Summerlicious Menus 2019

NOW Magazine’s Best Winterlicious 2019 Menus


• IL FORNELLO Franchise fee $35,000.00
• Capital Requirements – $100,000.00 to $700,000.00
• Royalty rate 4%, advertising fee 1%
Franchisees receive complete training and ongoing support.


Ian Sorbie

As one of the founders and president of IL FORNELLO, Ian would be happy to personally answer any questions you may have concerning an IL FORNELLO franchise.
Email Ian at [email protected]

Goudy Real Estate Group

Len Goudy has over 40 years of real estate experience including Corporate Real Estate Management and Landlord Leasing positions with some of the largest Property Management Companies in Ontario. Len is responsible for finding properties suited to the IL FORNELLO brand and negotiating leases on behalf of IL FORNELLO.
Contact: Len Goudy – email [email protected] / mobile 905-477-3000

“IL FORNELLO makes the best pizza you’ll find this side of the Grand Canal”

– Rochester Democrat and Chronicle