Amarone Kitchen & Wine
8868 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Amarone Kitchen And Wine
04/04/2012Provided by Citysearch -
This is a rare find in Los Angeles in that you feel like you are at a quaint New York restaurant. The food is also delicious! The staff is very friendly and make you feel so welcome. This is definitely a new favorite of mine. If you're looking for good authentic Italian, this is the spot!
It is shocking that a restaurant as bad as Amarone exists outside of a season finale episode of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. That a man as smarmy and aggressive and rude as Alessandro (the owner) fancies himself as front-of-the-house material can only be accounted for by psychotic delusion. This place doesn't even deserve a single star - a Surgeon General's warning of increased risk of acute hypertension would be much more appropriate.
TERRIBLE!!! For such a small, overpriced Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, it's shocking to be received by such lies. My best friend had planned her 30th birthday at Amarone for a group of 16 friends. One would think that our table would be waiting for us...
We arrived promptly at 8:45pm when we were expected. (Like another Yelp reviewer recounted) We were handed cheap Prosecco as we crammed by the stairwell near the bathrooms and kitchen to wait to be seated. The owner, who was probably nervous since 16 of us were waiting for our table, tried to claim that we were late. Nope, not late. Then he explained that he had sat a party of four at our table and that we'd have to wait about 20 minutes before we could be seated. I thought he was being facetious but nope, he was totally serious. WIth utter shock, we tried to digest what was happening to our party of 16 and our beyond upset birthday gal.
To think that we'd spend almost $2,000 that evening on mediocre food after we'd been treated with such ""service"" was unthinkable. What restaurant and restaurant owner pre-books an event, WITH a contract, a prix fixed menu, wine selections and a couple of weeks of correspondence and preparation and then handles the night of with such a lack of class and ill-mannered behavior? After 50 minutes, we left and were welcomed at BLT as they wanted to accommodate us at 9:45pm on a Saturday night (very sweet and smart restauranteurs). (Their popovers are also quite welcoming!)
The owner could not have been more unprofessional and rude as his co-owner/chef frantically tried to smooth over the mess. I went upstairs to survey the four top that was seated at our table and the upstairs was packed full with diners--no room in sight for a table ready for our large party.
Don't waste your time and money on this place as well as supporting such awful service and bad business practice. I hope Amarone's karma catches up to them. They do not deserve to be in business.
03/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We were seated upstairs and given a table by the window. (I am glad we were not along the banquette, where the two-tops are cheek-by-jowl). A large party with kids made it hard to hear each other. I was a little concerned about the prospects, given the mixed reviews here, but have to say I was very pleased with the food and attentive (but not obtrusive) service..
An Amuse Bouche of raw tuna was competent. The bread was fresh and oil tasty. My broiled calamari was excellent with just the right degree of coooking and crunch. The special orchiette (sp?) pasta with rappini and sausage was especially delicious. I would have those two courses again in a heartbeat.
I am not much of a dessert person, but my companion ordered the Tiramisu, which was moist and delicate.
As other diners have reported, the wine selection is quite good, including those by the glass.
The only negative is the noise. They need to install more sound absorbing materials upstairs and perhaps think about removing one of the tables along the upstairs banquette. Because of the noise, I am not sure I agree with others that this is a great place for a date. It IS a great place for food, however, and I will be going back again soon.
01/21/2009Provided by Citysearch -
All these 5 star ratings surprise me and leave me somewhat suspicious. A friend and I took another friend out for dinner and had a far less favorable opinion. We were seated upstairs. Beginning on a positive note, the wine the host suggested was wonderful. The appetizers were fair but acceptable. And now is when the trouble began. My two friends ordered lamb. I ordered a fish dish the taste of which makes me forget the name. It was tasteless and dry. I complained to the waiter and told him I wished to return it . He descended the stairs with the dish. The host (was he the owner?) marched upstairs and proceded to berate me with great anger adding that my tastebuds were at fault. It ended badly. Would I recommend this place? I'd rather be incarcerated in Gitmo.
10/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I'm a bit of a food snob and was in town for a conference from New York City...was going to go to Ago, but it wasn't as close to my hotel as Amarone and it seemed a bit too obvious of a choice...anyway, ended up walking over to Amarone. This place is perfection. I can't say enough. I was a single female dining solo and was completely comfortable and content the entire meal- actually that doesn't do Amarone justice....the truth is, they charmed my socks off the moment I walked in, and I've never left a restaurant more satisfied. Seriously, I have no complaints- and I'm from New York! I had the tuna tartar for an appetizer with a glass of pinot grigio- delicious. Then had the tagliatelle with ragu for my entree with pinot noir- again, perfect. For dessert had the panna cotta and a coffee...I could have died there. This place is a treasure, they truly give you the ""star treatment"".... I only wish I could take Amarone back to the east coast with me.
From the first step into the beautifully intimate restaurant, our experience was top notch. The low candle light and attention to simple decor made us feel like we had been transported to an Italian village. My fiance took me to celebrate my birthday and every step of the way, they made it memorable. We arrived on time for our reservation and had to wait a brief moment for a table. To tide us over, we were given complementary champagne while we waited (and refils again when we were seated.) From large portions (even on appetizers!) to a fantastic wine selection (we enjoyed the Cesari Amarone 2003- just like berry juice!) attention to detail can be noted on their menu. We enjoyed the Carpaccio Di Manzo and Proscuitto E Burrata to start and for our main course: roasted veal chop with porcini mushrooms and the Filet Mignon stuffed with drunken goat cheese. If you like goat cheese, this steak is a must! To celebrate my birthday, we had a rare Moscato D'Asti that was the perfect finish with a slice of chocolate. If you want to treat someone to a romantic, intimate and memorable night- this is the place to go!
We love, love, love Amarone! A quaint, charming Italian restaurant is exactly what LA needed! The owner could not be more pleasant, he's a gem and the staff is extremely accommodating! The food is perfectly executed and you can tell you fresh the ingredients are... it's truly one of our favorites!
05/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We were pleasantly suprised by this small restaurants outstanding food , wine selection and service. The attention to detail made for a delicious evening. Book reservations as it is a busy little place. The seafood was simple and not overdone. The eggplant appetizer was amazing and just the right size. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable about the menu, specials and wine selections. We are looking forward to going back.
05/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Do not patronize this restaurant. We had a 7:30 reservation, which I confirmed twice. We arrived at 7:35 and were told that our table had been given away. The host offered no apology and no accommodation. We were simply told that there was nothing available for the rest of the evening. When informed that it was my birthday, the host responded with complete and utter indifference.
03/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
A wonderful Italian Restaurant.....Maybe the most romantic one in town...The service is so well orchestred. People are passionnate here and it's all about good food and wine, nothing else...A great menu features fresh and organic food with renowned chef Guiseppe...I recommend you make a reservation- it's tiny cozy place...Ideal place for couples, so romantic and charming...you have to go
02/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
On Valentine's Day 2008, I made a reservation at this restaurant at 9:30PM. I was not seated until 10:30PM... and I waited for my food until 11:30PM or so. It was a prix-fixed for $70.00. I had no idea that it was a fixed menu... so after you sat down, what could you have done?
The food was good, but was it worth the wait for a bill that came out to almost $600.00 for 4 prix-fixes (Excuse my French) and 2 bottles of wine?
At 1:30AM after Valentine's Day, I felt used and abused.
That's Los Angeles, I supposed!
02/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place is great! The reviews are pretty right on. It was surprising how easy parking was considering this place was on Sunset. Alessandro who works there was an amazing server/manager. He was extremely helpful with recommendations and very attentitve. The food was delicious - Appetizers we had were the proscuitto and burrata (always go burrata if you have a choice between it and mozzarella) and the swordfish carpaccio which were AWESOME. The veal chop and the steak with goat cheese were to die for. This place is extremely small so reservations are recommended. They have an excellent wine selection also. The creme brulee is to die for. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good authentic italian.
02/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I read only rave reviews about this place so decided to try it. I was more than impressed. The restaurant is small but beautifully decorated. The menu was extensive and everything we ordered was excellent. We had there house wine, which the restaurant is named after, and it was great. I started with a special that was the squid ink linguini and my boyfriend had the paparadelle. For dinner I had the sole and he had the lamb shank. Service was right on key and you could tell this is a very carefully run restaurant. The owner came round to make sure everything was too our liking and they even brought us a complementary dessert. Well worth the visit!
12/07/2007Provided by Citysearch -
What a great little place for dinner and wine! I came here with my husband's family and we sat at one of the four tables in the front of the restaurant (I think there are only a few more in the back). The owner was extremely nice and the staff was very attentive. I ordered an amazing eggplant parmigan dish to start -- it was one of the best! I also got the dover sole which was delicious. The presentation of the plates was beautiful as well. I really enjoyed this restaurant and will definitely be going back.