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“Delightful”
Review of Caffe dell'Amore,

Caffe dell'Amore,
Ranked #38 of 992 Restaurants in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Banyon Blvd. Across from Lowdermilk Park
Transit: We are located across the street from the public beach access at Lowdermilk Park.
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Had to try Caffe dell'Amore due to all the excellent reviews. It definitely did not disappoint. The house red was very good. Enjoyed the spinach balls and the speck salad very much. The ziti (homemade, of course) entree was superb and we couldn't stop eating until it was gone which, unfortunately, left us no room for dessert. We will definitely go back.

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Thank LetsEat19
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We were hoping for a better experience, based on some of the other reviews. We were somewhat disappointed. First of all, we were greeted with handshakes from Dominic, which threw us off. We then all had to wash our hands before eating our dinner.

We ordered a bottle of wine, and did not receive bread for the tasting, until we asked.

The food we found to be just average and not very appetizing looking. Two of us had the shrimp dinner, the only item edible on the plate was the four pieces of shrimp. The taste was not to my liking, it was like a beef sauce on the shrimp, which seemed to be a mismatch. The rest of the plate had a brown goolash-type of look, still not really sure what it was. The squash spaghetti was not a good taste or texture, regular squash would have been better.

Others in our party had the lasagna and the cornish hen. The lasagna was only of average quality and texture. The cornish hen was ok, but the sides on the plate again were nothing that added to the look or appeal of the plate.

We were told it was"authentic Italian" several times, which did not improve our thoughts of the experience.

It could have been a nicer experience, we wish them the best.

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1  Thank Trina52
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Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

The spinach balls were good. House Malbec was very good. Great atmosphere. The chef came right up to our table. The special was delicious! Small menu but great food. We spent about $200 for a four course meal for two but it was a special occasion so I didn't mind.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We actually learned about Caffe Dell'Amore from TripAdvisor as it was listed as the #1 restaurant in the Naples area. A thanks to the other reviewers who steered us to this local gem. We checked out their website and it stated reservations required. It was a Monday night and my wife and I decided to just stop in. The place was jammed for a Monday night. When we walked in the door we were greeted by Dominic, one of the owners and when asked if we could stay for dinner, he went out of his way to make room for us. From the moment we entered the restaurant until we finished our meal, we were made to feel right at home. The food is over the top fantastic. The wine list is exclusively Italian and Dominic recommended a wine for us that was fabulous. Yes, the food was a little on the pricey side, but to us well worth it. We did not leave there hungry that's for sure. My wife had the caprese and she said it was delicious. I had the Speck salad which is a smoked prosciutto and Parmesan cheese which again was absolutely delicious. Per the owner's recommendation we tried the spinach balls which were also amazing. My wife and I split the baked ziti and again.....Amazing! We will definitely go back, but I would highly suggest making a reservation as we just got lucky to be able to get in. Definitely worth the stop if in the Naples area!

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1  Thank bobpioneer
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Amore means "love" and that's exactly what happened to our party of 4 when we stepped into this restaurant. We fell in love with the owner and the authenticity of his food. If you're looking for spaghetti with meatballs, this is not the place. Most Italian restaurants have "Americanized" the food, whereas this is truly a "taste of Italy" and that's what made it so special!

We got very lost driving there and Dominick (the crazy owner) stayed on the phone with us and navigated while running outside to look for us and still tending to his customers inside. What a personality.! He made us feel like we just stepped into his kitchen in Puglia for an all night meal.

We ordered 3 appetizers that did not disappoint. The spinach balls were small, cooked in a brown butter reduction. Very tasty! My caprese salad was served with halved campare tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella and clearly, the best I've ever had. I attribute this to the basil, olive oil dressing. The 3rd appetizer, Eggplant towers, were rounds of eggplant coated with panko breadcrumbs with layers of buffalo mozzarella, this dish is not fried, so it was very light.

I can recommend 3 dinner entrees. The Eggplant Ravioli. When it hits the palate, you taste each flavor separately and then all of a sudden the flavors come together. The Pasta with Egg and 7 cheeses was fabulous. Not your typical pasta with sauce.....served in a dome shape and not swimming in sauce. The 3rd dish was a combo of Stacked Eggplant, polpette (meatball), and ziti. The important thing to know here is that all 3 dishes were cooked with San Marzano tomatoes. If you know anything about these tomatoes, they are grown in the Napoli region in the fertile valleys below Mt Vesuvius. The climate and the region make for the sweetest tomatoes. Few restaurants use them because they're very expensive. To see that Dominic uses them in his food is a real testament to his goal of serving quality ingredients.
Everything is homemade and he uses local growers and providers like they do in Italy.

The desserts were to die for. A very unusual "Stacked Cannoli" was OUTSTANDING!!!!! Layers of cannoli dough squares, rather than the traditional tube, were layered with ricotta, pistachios and honey. What a beautiful vision........but the taste........you'll just have to go there to experience it. We also had a poached pear filled with marscapone cheese and dipped in chocolate ganache, need I say more?????

The wonderful thing about this restaurant is that the owner took a chance with a traditional Italian menu that reflects Italy. Many owners might not take the chance to make the food this authentic. Having been to Italy 7 times, this is as close as it comes to being on a moonlite balcony drinking wine and savoring the flavors of locally grown food.
This is a experience you don't want to miss. Treat yourself to REAL Italian food and a very charming owner who is very devoted to his ideals of bringing Italy to Naples, USA.

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1  Thank ravioli39
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