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Amarone Italian Restaurant - A REAL Italian meal

Original post made by Pleasantonian, Amador Estates, on Jan 27, 2009

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!


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Posted by Janet
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jan 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

We had a wonderful authentic meal at Amarone last month. Matteo was delightful to talk with. Every meal in our group was delicious, it was like being back in Italy.

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Posted by Sherry
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Great food. Great serice. Nice people

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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Che cosa mangiate? Per esempio, che e' il menu del giorno? Dov'e' Amarone? Ne dite.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Cin cin! Buon appetito!

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 28, 2009 at 1:34 am

The best lasagna I've tasted was on a trip to Sicily. Since the chef is from Italy do you suppose......... Worth a try... Where is this restaurant located??

Thanks in advance for the info...

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Posted by Ben
a resident of California Reflections
on Jan 28, 2009 at 3:47 am

Main Street, use to be Silver Palette.
Excellent food.

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Posted by michelle
a resident of Amador Valley High School
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.

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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 28, 2009 at 8:58 am

We also have enjoyed the authentic Italian food at Amaraone and agree that Matteo is a wonderful host. I'd recommend the antipasto platter appetizer and the Gnocchi Bolognese. Buon Apetito!

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Posted by Ange
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:01 am

We went in there two months ago after a friend raved about it.

I felt the food was delicious but portions were small for the price point.
Being Italian, I hoped to have the owner stop by the table and speak with us but
no such luck, he sat in a few tables away in an empty restaurant never making
eye contact with us.

I really hope they are able to stay in business but the successful merchants here in town make an effort to develop rapport with their clients/customers.

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Posted by Jan
a resident of Foothill High School
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.

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Posted by Vader
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Feb 3, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Not very tasty food....

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Posted by pleasant
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm

LOVE the food. How Vader can say that it is not tasty food is beyond me. Maybe Vader doesn't know good food when he/she knows it?

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Posted by Don
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 11, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I have been there about 10 times. Every time the food has been excellent and very fresh. I always order the specials and have not been disappointed

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Posted by john
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm

the restaurant is located in main street in down town pleasanton , just 1 block form the old pleasanton hotel , across the gasoline station ,

Nice place , good food , real italian food

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Posted by mumof2
a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2009 at 8:22 pm

mumof2 is a registered user.

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.

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Posted by Benjamin
a resident of Another Pleasanton 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.

Bonne Chance,


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!