Il Forno Italian Restaurant
In 1994 Marco´s family came from Italy to India and founded the famous Il Forno Italian Restaurant In Manali, at the foothills of the Himalayas. For seventeen years Marco and his family served authentic Italian food and wood-fired pizzas, from their self-made oven, in particular.
"Il Forno" means in Italian “the oven” because the wood fired oven was the main attraction in their kitchen.
Among the restaurants visitor was stars from Bollywwod and politicians such as the then prime minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Since the tourism in Manali was seasonal, Marco spend the low season in maaliu with developing his skills within carpentry and masonry. in fact he rebuilt the Il Forno oven many times before he established the current design that is the signature for an Il Fonro By Marco oven: aestetical beautiful with excellent heat retention for cooking great pizzas and save on running cost!
other Restaurants began to commission Marco´s wood fired ovens
Since 2012, when Il Forno Italian Restaurant passed into new ownership, Marco has custom built commercial wood fired pizza ovens for restaurant across India, making his passion for building a profession. Although Marco building His Very First Wood fired ovens In 2006 it was in 2015 Il Forno By Marco was born as a complete brand in itself.
Marco´s mother Roberta Angelone, chef at Il Forno Italian Restaurant, published the cookbook Cooking Italian Food In India where she has put together the recipes that made their restaurant such a sucess.