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La Fornace in Colledara – Pizza Pasta Perfect

by Roddy Newlands

Mushroom & Ham Pizza

We had visited Ristorante previously shortly after it first opened in Colledara; at that time there was some sort of reception party taking place in and so a special menu was on offer and we opted for a perennial though hard to find favourite, timballe. The food was fine and satisfactory, but the modern, large space of was not quite our cup of tea so we did not really consider it needed revisiting or reviewing especially at the time.

However, it seems the fates were not happy to let us rest so lazily on our laurels…Colledara’s Ristorante La Fornace is one the of most vigorously marketed restaurants we have ever seen, with extensive billboard advertising running the length of the SS150 from Vomano to coastal resort Roseto and beyond! Added to this was the glowing testimonials given by English friends of ours who had partaken of La Fornace’s pizzas, as well as rave reviews by our nearly-neighbours Gianluca & Loredanna, who when invited to join us some time at a “rival” house almost choked with horror at the thought and insisted on us going to La Fornace, for the best pizzas in the world…how could we refuse?

La Fornace is on the road between  the San Gabriele-Colledara exit off the A24 and Colledara, on the right hand side up a small drive way leading to a large parking area. Ristorante La Fornace is a long, single-floor building with some outdoor seating with good views of the Gran Sasso mountains. The inside is light and well spaced with lots of tables, perfect for large parties. There is a good range of typical pasta dishes, but we had been promised glorious pizza so opted for that. We ordered a sausage pizza and a mushroom with smoked & shredded ham pizza, along with side dishes of chips and Ascoli-style stuffed olives in breadcrumbs. All was excellent.

The pizzas were wonderfully thin and crispy, a perfect topping, the sausage slightly piccante and juicy, the mushrooms yummy and succulent, but it was the texture and crispiness of the pizzas that made them as good as everyone else declared. We will definitely go back!

The other good news was that, for 2 excellent pizzas, stuffed olives, chips and a half-litre of Montepulciano d’, the prize was only €24,50!

Price – 1 pizza salsiccia & 1 pizza con funghi e prosciutto with sides & wine €24,50

Value for money – 10/10

Quality of food – 8/10

Contact Details

Ristorante La Fornace
Colle da Fornace
64042 Colledara (TE)

Telephone: (cellular) 334 2041273

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Lynne

This restaurant serves wonderful thin crust pizzas, there is a wide range to choose from, service is good and the pizzas arrive on hot plates. Good value for money