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Abbondante

27 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, Kennebunks, ME 04043
207 967 2211
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Ranked #13 of 50 restaurants in Kennebunk
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 35
Description: Abbondante’s menu is true to its name, offering generous portions of thoughtful Italian preparations. Fresh, homemade pasta is prepared daily for family favorite dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and ravioli with ricotta filling and more inventive dishes like tagliatelle with hazelnut brown butter, rabbit confit, spinach and chevre, and papperedelle with agro dolce pork, sausage and pickled chilis. Pizzas cooked in the wood-burning oven include classics, pizza margherita with tomato, basil, mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil, as well as the more imaginative, such as pizza salsiccia with sausage, pickled chilis, provolone and roasted peppers. The menu is rounded out with comfort specialties like eggplant and chicken parmesan, meatball heroes and lasagna.
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boston
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband and I ate here with 3 other couples while visiting in March. When we got here we realized it was the former Grissini's in which we had a terrible experience a few years earlier and never came back so we were hesitant to eat here. I have to say it was a great improvement! My husband is an... More

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Hopkinton, Rhode Island
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Really liked decor of restaurant. Food was very good but service was very slow. It was a Friday night and they were a bit busy. Make sure you make a reservation.

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Kennebunks, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I just visited abbondante for the first time since switching over from grissinis. Wow what a difference, the food was excellent, seasoned well and cooked to perfection. The red sauce was the best sauce I have had anywhere hands down. The service was professional and kind. Servers were very knowledgeable about not only the wine but the food. Overall a... More

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

My favorite food is Italian and I am Italian, I don't think the owners have the key ingredients needed to sustain a successful restaurant: being genuine , pleasant and kind.Word of mouth is very powerful. I would not bad mouth any place, however I would not recommend Abbondante based on my experience. ( I will let everyone decide for themselves)The... More

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Merrilee P, Owner at Abbondante, responded to this review

Dear BellaAngelina71, Please accept my sincere apologies for your experience with us, it is never our intent to make you feel unwelcome, we truly appreciate every guest that steps through our door. We strive for warm hospitality and practice service protocols daily. Would love to welcome you back as our guests, please contact me directly (merrileep@gmail.com) to arrange for a... More

Kennebunk
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Just came from another amazing meal at Abbondante. We shared a bunch of amazing dishes. The pork chop with marsala and mushroom sauce, lemony chicken piccata, and the best veal parmesan with bubbly mozzarella were all to die for. Although we were so full that we couldn't even think of eating another bite, the waiter, knowing of a birthday at... More

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Merrilee P, Owner at Abbondante, responded to this review

Dear Justine D, Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor, we sincerely appreciate your lovely review. We love that you chose to spend your birthday with us and thank you for sharing a special occasion at Abbondante. Thanks again for your patronage, looking forward to seeing you again. Best, Merrilee Paul Owner/GM More

Kennebunks, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My boyfriend and I ate at Abbondante for the second time and enjoyed every minute! The service was great. friendly and knowledgeable. Great suggestions for wine. We got a garlic bread which was delicious and for dinner I had veal parm. YUM! We will absolutely be back. Great Job!

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Merrilee P, Owner at Abbondante, responded to this review

Dear SallyJ, Thank you for reviewing us again on Tripadvisor. We are so happy you like what we do. It's a pleasure to have you as our guests and we look forward to seeing you again. We sincerely appreciate your kind words. Best, Merrilee Paul Owner/GM More

Kennebunk, Maine
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Italian restaurants in Maine are not usually authentic. Some offer tasty food, but the preparations may be "not really Italian". Sadly, Abbondante is neither authentic, nor tasty. The attractive interior (though noisy) does not carry over to the menu. I ordered cannoloni, stuffed w/ pork. The tomato sauce surrounding the pasta seemed right out of a little Hunt's can -... More

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Merrilee P, Owner at Abbondante, responded to this review

Dear Karen K, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. I am sorry we missed the mark with you and that you had a disappointing evening. I can assure you that all of our items are made from scratch and nothing is ever canned or from a jar. We make our sauce daily and our... More

Kennebunk, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

service was excellent. food was good enough. waiters were very friendly. we would eat there again. done.

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Merrilee P, Owner at Abbondante, responded to this review

Dear sun52, Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are pleased you had a positive experience and we will be able to welcome you back. Many thanks again, Merrilee Paul Owner Abbondante More

KENNEBUNKPORT
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We saw an ad in our local paper for the Sunday Supper and decided to try this restaurant. We enjoyed the food. A small Garlic bread (served in a single egg skillet) included with the meal was brought to the table. Our server later asked if we liked the bread, we stated that we did. When we requested another piece... More

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Merrilee P, Owner at Abbondante, responded to this review

Dear KENNETH D, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Abbondante on TripAdvisor, we value all guest feedback. I am pleased you were able to take advantage of our Sunday Supper and that you enjoyed the food. I apologize you were not informed of the price of our garlic bread. It is included in the prix... More

Kennebunkport, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

My husband and I have been to Abbondante several times since we moved to the area. We are always happy with the food and usually the service (sometimes it's a little slow). Everything we've had has been just delicious. I am a bit of an Eggplant Parm snob but Abbondante's keeps me coming back for more. Most recently, I had... More

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Merrilee P, Owner at Abbondante, responded to this review

Dear Sammiefrommaine, Thanks a million for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your lovely comments. The eggplant parmesan is a personal favorite and I could eat it every night as well. Apologies for any issue you had with a split check, I hope we were able to remedy the situation. We thank you again and look... More

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