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“A True Neighborhood Joint” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Amato's Cafe

Amato's Cafe
6405 Center, Omaha, NE
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Ranked #209 of 1,155 Restaurants in Omaha
Cuisines: Italian
Description: Has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
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Description: Has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“A True Neighborhood Joint”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

As a new resident in Omaha I was told about the legendary Amato's and eager to give it a try. I have actually made two visits but have only eaten there once. On my first visit, 4 minutes in total, I made a crucial mistake. As you enter Amato's there is a dinning area on your left and right. The right side is where most people eat and allows you to see the kitchen. The left, looks homey but reserved for select patrons.

On my first visit a group of 8 was seated on the left so I sat on that less crowded side. Before I knew it this gruff voice from a distance said, "Can I help you?" That is Cathy. I walked over to where she was and told her I was by myself. In the same gruff manner she said, "Get to the other side!" I decided to leave at that point. Yelling at a customer is not appropriate in my mind.

On my second visit I went early and made sure I sat on the right side. There was only one other customer at a time. Tables are set up in groups of four so I was unsure if I was going to escape being fussed at for being alone. But all went well.

Amato's is a true neighborhood diner where everyone knows you name. As patrons enter they say good morning to the other diners. Patrons talk to one another and call each other by name. Cathy does the same. She knows the customers names and is able to ask key questions about events in their lives. On this morning I found Cathy to be very friendly. If you want to appear like a local, say good morning to all as you sit down.

As I sat down Cathy brought me water and asked if I wanted something else to drink. I told her coffee with cream. She brought a little cream pitcher. I ordered the ricotta berry pancakes. Berries are a dollar extra but well worth it. I also ordered a serving of their homemade Italian sausage. My two pancakes were big and thick. They were nicely browned and I could see both the blueberries and spots of ricotta cheese. The berries help the pancakes to be more juicy and less dry. I don't what the ricotta cheese adds to the pancake. The pancakes taste like what I could make at home. I feel like they were from scratch and not from a mix. The homemade Italian sausage is a coarsely ground and flavorful. It is also thick like a hamburger patty. I found the coarse look of the sausage unappealing.

While eating one of the regulars called out to Cathy to tell her that his friend was ready to order. Then he quickly added, "when you are ready Cathy." I had to laugh after my initial experience. As I finished eating Cathy asked if I wanted any more coffee and I said "No Thank you." She told me to come up to the register when I was ready to pay. I found that very helpful. As a new comer you want to make the right move.

It would be interesting over time to see if a new comer could become a regular. For me a need food with a more unique taste before I could become a regular diner. My meal totaled $12.87 which I thought was high for breakfast.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Nashville, Tennessee
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Maybe my expectations were too high from all the good reviews. It was good but not the best I've ever had. I tried the ricotta berry pancakes. They were pretty good

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Kansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

Great little hole in the wall. Service with a smile, great food, and lots of it! Amazing ricotta cheese pancakes! Love this little place always a stop when we are in Omaha!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Spring, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great Cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Visited mid-morning on a weekday - between breakfast and dinner rushes. Was seated and greeted promptly.Ordered the shortstack of ricotta pancakes. WOW! lad I didn't get the full stack! Portions are generous and prices are reasonable.
During rush times, parking can be an issue. So plan your visit accordingly.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wichita Falls, Texas
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120 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 86 cities Reviews in 86 cities
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

In Omaha on business and wanted to visit Amato's after seeing on DDD. Small restaurant in what appears to be a fast growing area of Omaha. I visited for lunch, but not a problem getting in and seated quickly. Good, friendly service and quick to recommend what they are known for, pancakes and the homemade sausage. I decided on the lasagne with a side of sausage, both very good, lots of flavor and especially the red sauce. I hope to come back and have the Blueberry pancakes, although it was lunch, I could see numerous orders of pancakes around. Very, Very good food.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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