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“Best Italian food on da island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of "Anna-Maria's Autentico Ristorante Italiano".

"Anna-Maria's Autentico Ristorante Italiano".
Kamay 25-M, Noord, Aruba
297 586.2833
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Ranked #7 of 31 Restaurants in Noord
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Park Ridge, New Jersey
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“Best Italian food on da island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Want to have dinner with new friends?
Go to Anna Maria's and have Christian and Anna Maria make you dinner they will soon become you new friends and a part of your family
Anna Maria and Christian opened up the backyard of their beautiful home and are busy in their kitchen every night cooking the best Italian food on the island we went on new years and again this week for dinner the food is always fresh and the sangria is the bomb don't forget to order the sangria it is made with a combination of beautiful wines and is well worth the money it's not the cheep stuff you get at other restaurants and one pitcher is never enough you order at least two pitchers per meal
Anna Maria and christian are wonderful cooks and they are very special people here on this happy island if Christian is not to busy he will take your order and tell you his life story and how he decides to open his home and make you a part of his family
Their home is beautiful and the food is off the hook
Don't miss it
I own a house here in Aruba and we know what we r talking about when we say go to this wonderful restaurant you won't be dissapointed
Bon Bini
Happy new year Anna Maria and Christian
Lois

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Anna Maria's - Amazing Fresh Italian Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Last night we went to dinner at Anna-Maria's. It was in a residential neighborhood in the owners' beautiful home, and you would never know that it was a restuarant from the outside.

We got lost and were 1/2 hour late, but we were given a warm welcome when we arrived. When we were lost we stopped to ask directions from a local couple sitting on their front porch and they were so kind. Got directions for us and the husband actually got in his car and led us right to the front door of the restaurant.

It was so worth the effort to get there.

The house was two floors high, a couple of balconies on the second floor. There was a courtyard in front of the house enclosed by ornate green wrought iron gates - beautiful. You had to ring the bell and an employee dressed in white comes out to check your name on the list and buzzes you in. We followed him on a pathway with benches, low lights to the back of the house with a covered patio with columns and a big water fountain. Imagined we were in Tuscany. We were warned that the service would be slow because everything was homemade - but the service was great. And each course was timed perfectly.

Chris, the owner visited our table several times to make sure everything was OK.

Out table for 2 was right on the edge of the patio closest to the water fountain surrounded by these low hedges with delicate white flowers.

The pasta was the best I've had. Chris and his wife Anna-Maria are the owners/chefs and the recipes are family recipes. My husband had lasagna that also had eggs, peas and mushrooms inside -- sounds different, but there was a sweetness to it and it was delicious. I had homemade spaghetti with bolognese sauce that was incredible - just the right texture. The food was served hot, but the dishes were not hot -- so you know they weren't warmed up under a light or in the microwave. The plates were not too hot to touch. The ingredients were so fresh.

For apps my husband had the best, freshest calamari and my insalata caprese was very very fresh. For dessert we split an "english sausage" which was chocoate, pistachio, almond .... tasted almost like fudge, with a little bit of vanilla ice cream on the side.

The food was the best and the experience was wonderful. Dinner was unrushed - took about 2 1/2 hours.

A night to remember.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ayr
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“Excellent food in a Unique Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We dined at Anna Maria's in Aruba last night with 3 adults and 3 children. The setting is unique in a private home and the food was excellent. There are lots of Italian restaurants on the Island but this one is by far my favorite. The portions are just the right size and the flavor is great. The prices are very reasonable as well. The owner Christian came out to welcome us and make us feel at home. Service was fabulous. This restaurant is one to put on your list to try while in Aruba.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Delicious Italian Food, Friendly Owners and Intimate Feel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

Food was delicious! Best Italian on the island. Love the intimate feeling, and the fresh food that's cooked to perfection. All of the pastas are great. Try the gamberi fiesta (get it spicy) or rigatoni with meatballs.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Jersey
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“Best Italian in Aruba for sure - Very Fresh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

We have been coming here for years, since they first opened. The food is always great, the owners are very inviting and it is always a memorable experience. They use only the freshest ingredients. Kevin - NJ

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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