8868 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA | Directions 9006934.090539 -118.385077
Neighborhoods: Central LA, West Hollywood
Delicious and cozy Italian atmosphere – 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!
Why Bother – Some very good dishes but some terrible ones -- Branzino for sure -- and unprofessional, unfriendly service. Much better Italian food and service elsewhere on the Westside.
No Good - Over Priced, Awful Owner – 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.
Don't waste your time and money! – 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.
Surprisingly good for a hole in the wall – 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.
All these 5 starts surprise me. – 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.
amore for amarone – 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.
Warm, inviting Italian in LA... a dream! – 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!
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