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“Wow.........much better than I expected”
Review of Alex Italian Restaurant - CLOSED

Alex Italian Restaurant
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Highway 29
Description: The food is delicious but no matter what we say your opinion is the most important Come Soon!
South Dakota
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Wow.........much better than I expected”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Well, we usually take one "wine-trip" a year and make a point of trying out different restaurants and had never heard of Alex before. It was recommended to us by a friend and we were very happy with the recommendation. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. Our server was good. I would say that this is NOT a place to eat if you are in a hurry. Thankfully we weren't in a hurry at all and we sat and drank some great Italian wine while waiting for our various food items. The food itself was well prepared and well presented. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for good Italian food while in the area. The wine list is quite good as well. My knowledge of Italian wine is lacking at best but by telling them other wines we enjoyed they were able to hone in on some recommendations that we truly enjoyed.

  • Visited November 2012
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Portland, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Much better than Auberge du Soleil”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We belong to BV and several other wineries in Rutherford as cellar club member. We recently had a chance to visit them for complimentary wine tasting and had lunch at Alex and Auberge du Soleil. Overall, the dining experience at Alex was far superior. The amount we spent for lunch and wine at Alex and Auberge du Soleil were virtually identical (around $155 for two of us), but we found the quality of cuisine and service at Alex much more satisfying. The biggest difference was the quality of service. While the wait staff at Alex showed the desire to serve, at Auberge du Soleil it took forever to place our order. The view that Auberge du Soleil offers is certainly nice, but the intimate ambience at Alex is equally attractive. It's sad that the only good thing we remember about Auberge du Soleil is the helpful valet parking. We would definitely go back to Alex, but don't know about Auberge du Soleil.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank SVO2000
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Seattle
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great find!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is a little Italian place right next to Rancho Caymus Inn in Rutherford. Not on the main drag so a little hard to find, but worth the hunt as the food was great and the wine reasonably priced! Good job Alex's!

Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Joseph E
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
“Astounding”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

This restaurant is outstanding. It is a close to Italy as you can get. The owner is Italian, from Cinque Terre outside of Firenze. I'm Italian as well and the night we were there a well known chef from Italy was eating there near us outside.Alex/Alessandro, is the owner and not knowing that we were Italian, came over to our table to speak to us.

I could go on about the superlatives of this place by specifically describing what we ate. But I will only say that everything was excellent, well presented, and as authentic as possible to Italian cuisine inside of Italy. Pasta made by hand, fantastic octopus and other appetizers, and the combination of flavors are so well executed by what is a true genius of a chef. Our waiter was wonderful as well.

I love Michael Chiarello, but this place blows out Bottega. It's not even close. FYI, the chef knows Chiarello well, worked at Bottega, and studied in Italy. I'm not saying Bottega is a bad option because the food there is very good indeed. I am saying that Alex is simply more geared to the food and not the the hype of a celebrity chef.

  • Visited October 2012
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Upstate NY
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Our favorite meal in Napa”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Forget Bouchon and Celadon, this fairly unassuming restaurant had the best food we had in Napa - and we just sort of stumbled upon it. (Bear in mind that we were there for lunch, not dinner.) We found the service friendly and efficient and were impressed that the waiter - when I was torn between two bottles of wine - actually recommended the less expensive one. (How often does that happen?) And it was good. The food was scrumptious - especially the cheese flan with wild mushrooms and the duck "two ways". (Magret and confit.) Perfectly prepared. There's a small patio for outdoor dining. We REALLY enjoyed this place.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank PipsPa
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