On the last night of an extended two continent vacation I had an inexplicable urge for Italian food. A quick internet search turned up Ristorante Savini. Fellow dinners had been kind and it was across the street from our hotel, the Crown Plaza in the Central Station section of Amsterdam; It seemed like kismet.
Crossing the busy Spuistraat without incident, another favorable sign, we entered the restaurant on the upper of two levels. The narrow dinning room opens out onto the small side street in back. The lower level has a nicely appointed bar. Attention to detail in the decor was evident and created an inviting effect. The food was prepared with similar care. We started with calamari and radicchio salad. While waiting for our appetizers the waiter brought a lovely little bruschetta amuse-bouche. I followed with spaghetti gamebero and my wife had the mushroom risotto. The shrimp were perfectly cooked and the risotto was rich and creamy (yes, my generous wife allowed me a sample.) we finished our meal with expresso and cappuccino. 2 appetizers, 2 entrées, 2 glass of wine, and 2 coffees €73.
While we had lovely meals throughout our stay in Amsterdam, frankly however, most of the restaurants in the very touristy old town really just don't try very hard.; and who can blame them? The tourist clientele in Amsterdam is transient and will like never return. It was therefore it was a particular delight to find a place that take obvious pride in treating every customer like a valuable guest.