Archive for the ‘ Italian ’ Category

Been here a few times. Food is very good. Nice atmosphere. Great to watch the kitchen staff prepare and cook your dinner. Very diverse menu. Good wine list . Staff is very attentive.

we ordered the bone in Rib Eye for 2 and it was cooked to perfection. The grilled corn and fried onion rings were awesome. 5 stars

Atomica Pizza & Wine.
Kingston, Ontario Canada

Located in the middle of Brock street, the store front restaurant was small but quaint. Approx 1000sq ft with outside seating. we arrived at 6:10pm for our 6:30pm reservation. The table was set up in back by pizza oven. It was fun to watch the pizza’s be made and put in the oven.
We ordered the diavolo Hawalano, fruitti Di mare for appetizers. The Diavolo Hawalano had a spicy red sauce, that kinda over powered the sweetness of the pineapple, next we ordered calamari and the caprese with pesto. The crispy Calamari came in a small bowl with tomato sauce , olives and was “different” and not to my liking. It was good.

For dinner we had a variety of pasta’s. fettucine, house special pasta with shrimp, Bucatini All, Amatriciani. All was delicious.

For dessert we tried the Carmelita, frozen canoli, Chocolate Tiramisu.

Service was attentive.

4 stars

In SF with friends from Chicago and met up other friends in town from Rhode Island and New Orleans. Arrived at Trattoria Contadina for dinner. Got led upstairs to a cute little back dining room. Started our evening with a antipasti plate and a roasted red pepper dish with asiago. Sourdough bread and olive oil, Assorted drinks for the table. Great conversation and ordered dinner. Salads arrived. Wine was ordered.
Dinner arrived with. Veal piccatta, cheese ravioli with tomato cream, risotto, Pavarotti , vongole.

The 8 of us had a great evening of friendship and catching up on old times. Restaurant was full, and watching all other patrons , everyone had a good time
for dessert we had tiramisu, mocha fango(Oreo cookie crust with mocha almond chip gelato filling), limoncello, after dinner coffee’s The staff took very good care of us and our water glasses never got empty.
Restaurant is small, quaint and the one single bathroom gives it appeal. !!!!!!
4.5 stars……

If in town, we highly recommend this restaurant
Reservations recommended
Www.trattoriacontidina.com

After a day tasting wine and touring the Castello Di Amore in St. Helena, now we are hungry for Italian food….so we found a little little spot right downtown Calistoga. Warm and friendly staff got us started off right with a nice bottle of Chianti. Our friends Heather and Emery were with us and are dictating the review. Antipasto plate was as expected and very good as an appetizer, we also learned the difference between salami and sulami…you will have to ask or Google for yourselves. The Caesar salad was ‘pretty good’, needed more anchovy. The leafy house salad was tasty however the balsamic vinegarette was a bit strong.

For our main courses we had the “Positano”.. the baked salmon was crispy and just amazing, with nice grilled vegetables, polenta that could have used more cheese ( but what dish can’t't use more cheese). We also ordered the “Crispino” pizza. The cheese used was ??? Interesting, however was not described as ‘great’ !!! and the prosciutto was too thick. All over it was good.

For dessert we had the house cheesecake, the triple chocolate torte, the cannoli.
Everyone enjoyed the meal. Wait staff was very attentive.

4.5 stars.

Vito’s Trattoria 90 Skyport Dr. San Jose, Ca. 408-453-1000
Myvitos.com

I went to Vito’s with a long time friend a few months ago and had the Tortellini Carbonara. DELICIOUS,,,,,,,,, I returned tonight to try something else. We ordered drinks and they brought us fresh warm bread with a plate of olive oil and balsamic vinegar….yummmm. I ordered the Caesar Salad with anchovies for a starter. Very nice. My main course was the Vitello alla Picatta. It was so tender, it cut through like butter. The vegetables were perfectly steamed. My friend had the “Baseball”cut Top Sirloin with the peppercorn sauce. A mixed green salad with oil and vinegar, tortellini with marinara sauce and steamed vegetables.

We had an Apple crisp with vanilla gelato and a spumoni for dessert.

The atmosphere is pleasant, the wait staff extremely attentive. I highly recommend Vito’s Trattoria to anyone visiting San Jose, Ca.

My only issue is their sign out front on the street side. I’ve driven past this place for years and it reads: Vito’s New York Pizza and Trattoria.
Frankly, the location of the Restaurant around the other shops ,,, I always assumed it was just a pizza joint. I WAS WRONG …
This place ROCKS… It’s very elegant, great ambience, and fabulous service.
5 Stars…..

4480 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 702-364-5300

Four good friends were in Las Vegas at a convention and I took them to this fabulous Italian restaurant I was introduced to a few weeks ago. The place is located on Paradise across the street from The Hard Rock Cafe. The decor and the staff are excellent. We ordered a variety of appetizers , All of them delicious. The Bread was warm and tasty with the olive oil, balsamic and herbs blend. We had chilian sea bass garnished with shrimp, roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, Risotto with lobster, veal picatta and fettuccine pomodoro con ricotta fresca. Everyone throughly enjoyed their meal. 5 Stars. Service was excellent. We were just too full for dessert but they looked delicious.
Great job to the chef and the whole kitchen staff !!!!!!!

Don Giovanni Ristorante 358 West 44 Street New York, NY 212-581-4939   no web site listed ????

Our good friend PAT was celebrating her 70th Birthday and her husband Bill took us to Don Giovannti’s on 44th, which was just a few blocks from our Hotel. It was a nice warm and friendly Ristorante with a good aroma as we entered the front door. It says they are known for their brick oven pizza.  We started with assorted drinks and apps, Rolls with garlic and the Fried Calamari, it was delicious, tender inside and crispy on outside. There was 6 of us so we tried a lot of things on the menu. We ordered a few salads, Veal  Marsala, Veal Piccata, Lobster Ravioli, Fried Chicken Breast on rice, Linguini and clams. All was delicious. The meat dishes were VERY Tender and the sauces were excellent.

Unfortunately, we didn’t order the Famous PIZZA, but the aroma all night of them cooking was enough to let us know they Must be good. we didn’t order dessert either.  Pricing was in the middle .   ALL in ALL, a GREAT Friday evening in Downtown just blocks off Time Square with GREAT friends and delicious food.

4 STARS………..  Happy Birthday PAT.

Da Gennaro Ristorante 129 Mulberry Street New York, NY.10013  212-431-3934   www.dagennarorestaurant.com

Arrived via taxi to go Gucci purse shopping and the cab dropped us off in Front of Da Gennaro Restaurant. We started to head out and got stopped by a friendly guy that persuaded us to come in and have a great Italian dinner. We discussed it while he was directing us to the entrance …. LOL …. We really wanted breakfast , but went inside to get warm. They started us with sourdough bread and a delicious olive oil with garlic and spices. We ordered a bottle of San Pellegrino mineral water, the caprese and fried calarmari . Now, you have to understand, we tour the world and the fried calamari is our dish to judge all restaurants.  drum roll………… WELL, it wasn’t that good.  could tell it was frozen, was over cooked and rubbery. The coating was OK, but ,,HEY…we’re FOOD SNOBS.  Next the caprese was OK, but tomatoes are out of season and they were a little hard, but all was good and the Presentation was nice.  For dinner we ordered the risotto with shrimp, tortellini with alfredo sauce, lobster ravioli and spaghetti bolognese. We enjoyed two bottles of middle priced Chianti, which did need to breathe for about 15 minutes to open up.  Everyones meal was good. we thought the tortellini was a little too salty, and everyone added the grated parmesan cheese and cracked pepper to taste. For dessert we tried the tiramisu, a cannoli, chocolate cream puff. all plates were left empty…LOL

A woman came by our table a few times and ask how our meal was. Our server was very attentive. The decor was pleasant, very Italian and the restaurant was busy( always a good sign). The meal was not cheap, with tip $320.00   We knew it was going to be expensive and we enjoyed trying out all the food choices.

On a side note, which we all said… for a $300.00 meal, the paper napkins were kinda tacky….get some nice cloth ones….                3.5 stars

and on another side note…… after we left and walked down the street, most other restaurants were empty on a Sunday at 1pm??????   Da Gennaro’s was packed  ! ! ! ! !

Mama Mia Ristorante Italiano   200 E Hamilton Ave   Campbell, CA 95008  (408) 379-3333

We came to Mama Mia’s on a Wednesday evening for dinner with friends. We ordered the evening special of beef stroganoff, Veal piccatta, and linguini Aglio Olio Supreme. Everyone loved their meal.

Our server Brendan was fabulous, except when he forgot to get our wines. LOL. LOL he was a good sport

We were too full for dessert but did look at the menu. Looked good

The wines were good also. Chianti, chardonnay, and zin

4 stars. We recommend you try Mama Mia’s.

Original Joe’s  301 South First Street  San Jose, Ca. 95113  408-292-7030

Toll Free 888-841-7030  www.originaljoes.com

NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY OTHER JOE’s…  so it says on the menu ! ! ! !   HAHA…

I’ve been going to “O J’s ”  in downtown San Jose for decades. It’s the best place to go for a Great late night Italian style home cooked meal, because they are open till 1AM.  Waiters are in Tux’s and Fresh Sourdough Bread & butter is served to your table. Everything is cooked to order so always hot and fresh. Great place to order breakfast at midnight.

The food speaks for itself.  There is a reason this place has been around for almost Six decades.  enuff Said…..      NOT cheap, But delicious…

5 Stars