Sometimes, you find good food in the one place where you're looking for something else entirely.
Al Forno Pizza hit the radar while searching for a local nutrition shop that had moved to a new location. Tucked in among the nail salon, photo shop, phone store and other small businesses, you might think it's just another two-slice-and-soda joint. But take another look. It's mostly take out and delivery (there's a small eat-in space), but it's still a good addition to the north county Italian food scene.
Given the size of the place, the menu is quite extensive and varied. It's not all about Italian food. You can get chicken wings (hot, medium, mild, garlic Parmesan, honey garlic), gyros, cheesesteaks, vegetarian wraps and salads. But do yourself a favor: come here for all that is homemade Italian food. The pizza, calzone and stromboli varieties take up a full menu page, and run the gourmet gamut from classic Margarita (fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella) to toppings such as artichoke hearts, roasted eggplant, spicy sausage, barbecued chicken, feta, gorgonzola, shrimp and broccoli. Then there's pages of everything else: pastas, shrimp, chicken, veal, and seafood dishes, paninis, hot and cold subs.
Each day starts with everything made fresh, and the phone starts ringing as soon as the restaurant opens. Small wonder, with these prices: appetizers, soups, side dishes, wraps, salads and subs are all under $9.00, pasta, chicken, veal, and seafood dishes range from $10 to $16 and include soup or salad, garlic rolls and (with the mean/chicken dishes) a side of pasta. Pizzas, stromboli and calzones are priced from $6.95 to 18.50, depending on fillings/toppings. And there isn't a dish here that at least two people can't share.
In Italian, "al forno" refers to any dish baked in an oven. At Al Forno Pizza, whatever comes out of their oven is worth a try.
Al Forno Pizza, 75 East Indiantown, Road, Suite 701, Jupiter, FL. Phone (561) 748-3500. Open seven days, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free delivery for orders over $10.