Amarone Italian Restaurant - A REAL Italian meal Restaurants, posted by Pleasantonian, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on Jan 27, 2009 at 3:29 pm
Finally, a REAL Italian restaurant. The chef is from Florence, the owners from Verona, Italy. They KNOW how to do it up right. EVERYTHING is homemade....including the bread. The food is fantastic as is the service. Owner Matteo definately knows what an Italian restaurant SHOULD taste like!
Posted by michelle, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Jan 28, 2009 at 8:45 am
Went there last weekend with my husband and had gnocchi. That is how I measure "real" Italian restaurants and this one was PERFECT!! I will definitely go back. It feels a bit cavernous, but maybe they can put in some plants or cozy it up a bit. The food was wonderful and we finally have an authentic Italian restaurant in Pleasanton.
Posted by Jan, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm
My friend and I went to Amarone last month and had a great time. I speak very little Italian and my friend speaks German. We had no problem starting a conversation. One of the waiters spoke German with my friend and Matteo was very patient helping me with my Italian - sometimes if you want to speak with someone, you have to be the one to start-just say "buona sera", that's all it took for us. I was told by an Italian native that in Italy the restaurant experience is very different, a little more respectful of your time. In Italy dinner is an event. il cibo, vino e dolce - squisito!! I will be back.
Posted by mumof2, a resident of another community, on Mar 25, 2009 at 8:22 pm mumof2 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
After reading some of the reviews my husband and I went for lunch on March 9th. My meal was horrible. His was marginal and other than to take our order no one spoke to us. Sorry but I would not recommend this place.
Posted by Benjamin, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 11, 2009 at 12:15 am
I wrote this to the manager/owner on March 27th and received no response to this date.
This is what I wrote:
Yesterday evening, I was in a wonderful mood, ready and eager to experience a new culinary location. I walked in greeted promptly by the staff and swept off to my table. After looking over the menu we decided to have a 3-Course meal, starting with the Caprino con Vegetali. This dish was prepared and tasted as explained. The mozzarella was fresh and nice, while the eggplant was cut so thin I could not taste it through the breaded exterior. Still, it was a fine dish.
Then, we moved on to the Risotto con Asparagi E Gamberi. The pink parmiagiano and butter cream sauce was absolutely flavorless. It tasted like mush! The prawns were overcooked, the rice was overcooked, and the entire dish was bland. The asparagus was alright, but the amount was few and far between. There was no seasoning what-so-ever in that dish. Whoever cooked that does not know what they are doing, and the person who tasted it and sent it out should be reconsidered to hold such a position.
Now, on to our final course, we had the Ossobuco Alla Milanese. This has to be one of the worst dishes I have ever put in my mouth. Our server told us that there was an article put out about this dish......I didn't know it was probably an article condemning it. It tasted as though, the veal was recooked 4 or five times, and/or just plain old and bad. The dish tasted like old dishwater! It was not seasoned right either. The veal had the texture of bubblegum and the sauce was crap.
Our server was very nice and attentive though. The only thing I would dock him off on was the fact that we had no shellfish fork to get the marrow out of the veal. Luckily, the veal was so bad that there was no possible way I was going to try it.
I am hoping that a sous chef is responsible for Thursday nights and not the head chef.
I am not a complainer at a restaurant, as you see. I like to keep confrontation away from my night out, but I think you need to know how bad my meal was. I am writing this simply because I want you to do better. I want local businesses to thrive, but with the quality I had last night, I do not believe you will make it.
I do not believe that I will ever eat at your restaurant again, but I hope you all the luck.
After stating that without a response, I hope this business does fail. I would not go back to Amarone even if I lost a bet. The place is terrible!