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“Very Good, But Very Interesting”
Review of Martini's

Martini's
Ranked #24 of 347 Restaurants in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pizza
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner
Description: Open dinning room with 2 full bars, patio, live gypsy jazz music on weekend evenings. Private party room rental available.
Reviewed December 16, 2012

We decided to try Martini's despite some of the horrible reviews we read about the manager.
There was one particular review in which the manager was yelling at customers for moving tables around in the upstairs party room to accommodate the number of guests for their graduation party. It truly sounded awful.
The 5 of us decided to try Martini's because we also read about how good the food and pizza was and figured if we played nice with everyone it would be okay. The restaurant was a little difficult to find because there's no sign or address numbers for the building. A parking lot for Martini's is next to the building but, also has no signage. When we got inside, it was very apparent who the manager was as he was the first to greet us and told a staff member where to seat us. We were seated in the bar area at a table top for 6. Shortly after being seated, another patron came over and asked us if they could move the empty chair to their area. All 5 of us just froze, looking at each other, like is this going to be a repeat of the upstairs party room.
Everything went well and as soon as the other patrons left their area, a staff member was very quick to put the chair back "home".

As far as the food, it was very good. The soups were homemade and tasted great. The pizza was excellent. We really had a good time and a good meal. The restaurant is really nice inside, very clean. Knowing about the explosive nature of the manager before hand made for some very interesting watching, but the kitchen serves up some really good food. We would definitely go back there again. However, keep in mind the manager has he ways of doing things. Unfortunately, reviews should be about the food, whether it's good or bad, not if the manager played nice that day.

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Thank MARK A
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Martini's is a locally owned restaurant near the downtown area of Kalamazoo. I think I have eaten pizza in every restaurant in town and Martini's in the best. My husband and I usually get a small antipasto salad to share and a medium pizza. Perfect for the two of us with a little pizza left for lunch the next day. The sandwiches and pasta dishes are also excellent.
It is in an old building and tends to be on the loud side. That being said the hostess always tries to sit us away from large groups since my husband has a hearing aid. Great for couples, families and friends.

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1  Thank coachbgil
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

We went to Martini's last night with a group of 16. The event had been planned for a couple of months. We personally suggested Martini's as it was our favorite Pizza place in Kalamazoo. Upon arriving at the restaurant we were greeted by a rude, arrogant owner who refused to seat us. We are a group of over 60 senior citizens with lots of restaurant experiences. No one in our group had ever been treated so badly. We had to scramble to find another place to eat so as to make it to our concert. University Roadhouse took care of us.

After getting carryout from Martini's for over 12 years not only will be never be back, we will be telling everyone about our bad experience. Reading the other reviews on this page it appears that the owner has an anger problem.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Always my must visit place for lunch or dinner when I'm in town for business or with the family. The food is excellent and the owner is on-site. The salads, pizzas and pasta are excellent and the place has a great vibe to it.

1  Thank Gbtraveler2
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

my wife and I went in on a late saturday afternoon prior to the dinner crowd..Place was basically empty except for 2 other couples. Had to be at least 15 or more empty tables. Hostess walks us over to this tiny cramped 2 seat table right next to one of the other couples in the place, we were basically sitting on thier laps. When i asked "could we sit at a larger table please" it was like i asked to her modify the DDAY invasion plans or something..She copped an immediate "your messin with my system" attitude...Waitress wasnt much better although a little friendlier yet would dissappear for long periods of time and thiers only 6 people eating in the entire place??!!..Two stars for food being "ok" once recieved, Doubt ill be back. to many other places in town..

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3  Thank al s
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