You’d be surprised how hard it was to find a restaurant in Hells Kitchen that fit 6, had decent reviews, weren’t too expensive and didn’t have lines out of the door without reservations for a Saturday night. Amarone Ristorante was the sixth or seventh restaurant we tried to get into that night, and thankfully, they had a table of 6 that just cancelled! We got lucky, and were seated instantly! I was in awe at how we even got a table. Seeing how packed the place is, I would highly recommend reservations before hitting this spot!
The place was decorated like any regular Italian restaurant, but it was bustling with activity. We were entertained by how the waiters at Amarone Ristorante bussed out food, stacked uncountable amounts of plates on their hands and walked around like it was nothing. One guy in particular held about twenty (at least twenty) wine glasses in just two hands; they were stacked in such an elaborate fashion that I thought he was carrying out some glass structure from MOMA!
We were treated to a basket of bread with two different kinds of breads on the table. I particularly liked the softer eggier bread with tomatoes on top! It was so soft and almost cake-like! The olive oil and salt on the table were great too. The olive oil was so fragrant that I could even smell it through my blocked nose. Mmmm, good olive oil is just absolutely delicious!
Spinach Ravioli in Sage Butter Sauce – $21.95: This is one of the day’s specials. It was good, but we were expecting more spinach stuffing in the ravioli, and also more ravioli. The stuffing was fantastic and was delightfully cheesy. It paired really well with the sage butter, which was amazing. I remember trying to spoon out little bits of sage butter to eat even after the ravioli was finished! One thing I would have liked to see on this plate is something and citrussy with a different texture.
Fettucine “Portofino” – $18.95: This was a fantastic dish! The pasta had a good bite, and the tomato sauce was rich and creamy! There were a ton of shrimp (maybe 6-8 pieces) and a ton of scallops! So much seafood? Well, I’m not complaining! Everything was perfect. I would totally order this dish again! *YUM*
Salmon Barolo – $22.95: This is a pretty well balanced dish. I really loved the portabello mushroom sauce. It was very subtle with the red wine, and added a nice tinge of acidity to the dish. The salmon was a tad overcooked for my liking, which was quite a pity. The mashed potatoes were buttery and great. I would order this again, but request for the salmon to be just cooked in the middle, and not cooked throughout.
Address: 686 9th Ave
(between 47th St & 48th St)
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 245-6060
Price Range: $$$ ($20-$30 per person)
Overall: Will come back again!