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“Great italian food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso
186 Westerstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020 623 7344
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Ranked #1,067 of 2,627 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great italian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Amsterdam is full of so called italian pizza restaurant, believe me, most of them are not italian at all and pizza is not the best you can eat.

This place is a real italian pizzeria/restaurant, atmosphere is nice, perfect for couples but also group of friends, the menu' is not big, but all the classic italian dishes are there.

I opted for a Calzone because it was long time i didn't have one, it was superb, although the ingredients were dutch (difficult to find fresh italian tomatoes here in the north) the result was excellent. I also had some nice gamberi as a starter and good red wine.

Coffe was good too (espresso of course). I had great expectations from this restaurant and i was not disappointed, next time i will try pasta and maybe some other starter.

I 've heard this place is full during the weekend, i went on a Wednesday and it was not too full, we only waited a few minutes, service was fast and friendly.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • French first
  • Italian first
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Portugal
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Not bad, but...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

... food, while tasty, takes A LONG time. Great plus was the staff, really helpful and as soon as they knew I couldn't eat an ingredient, they remembered it for the rest of the meal and brought me alternate dishes - even with me being in a party of 20!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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london
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“good pasta”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Nice bar atmosphere seperate from the restaurant was a busy night good service was with a group of associates tasty food good wine menu

Visited July 2012
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Lisbon, Portugal
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great italian food in Amsterdam”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Good choice for dining italian food. Food is delicious, atmosphere is appealing in a dark candle mood, staff is helpful.
The downside is they take no reservations, and because of group dinners it's a bit noisy... also it's a bit pricy.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Overpriced and underwhelming”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

I went with friends and we had a variety of dishes, all average at best. This restaurant definitely has a cook and not a chef. Everything needed seasoning. The tagliatelle with mushrooms and meatballs tasted like Lean Cuisine Beef Stroganoff with no sodium. The ravioli with goat cheese and honey in a brown butter sage sauce was tasteless (although HOW you can make goat cheese tasteless is BEYOND ME). The pizza margharita was good, but nothing to write home about. The meat lasagna was nice, but again nothing special, and was slightly overcooked. The wine menu, although decent for bottle service, was limited in the by the glass options. The one bright point was the sgroppino, which was a pleasant surprise...not as you get in Venice and not as good as what I make at home, and was a little too tart, but nonetheless, was better than the meal would lead one to expect. The staff was polite and fairly attentetive.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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