Alex Italian Restaurant
Alex Italian Restaurant

Alex Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alexitalianrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7079675500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Friday and Saturday
    Dinner Wednesday to Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Riccardo Bilotta
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 29
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Alex Italian Restaurant
THE RESTAURANT
Alex Italian Restaurant owned and operated by sommelier Alessia and Alessandro Sbrendola offers first class, Italian cuisine and service in an intimate sophisticated settings. Opened in 2011 and located in Rutherford in the heart of the Napa Valley, the restaurant features Chef Reed Hearon creative and contemporary cuisine. Alex Italian Restaurant received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator 2012. Alex Italian restaurant which take its name for the Americanized versions of the owners names, feature a top notch wine list that in its over 100 pages includes extraordinary wine makers from both old and new world.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Alex Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (33)fit for foodies (31)notable wine list (31)romantic (30)special occasion (24)neighborhood gem (21)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (8)good for groups (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • We were never served.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ordered wine, but server never offered bread, never returned to take our order, was not apologetic when we paid and left over an hour later. Apparently they were down a server, so the owner stepped in to serve. But we were completely ignored--at every pass by our table. No one offered food at this restaurant! Truly the most bizarre restaurant experience--EVER.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As a business owner supplying barrels to the wine industry, I spend a lot of time in area restaurants. Hands down, Alex is my favorite up valley place to eat. Alex and his wife are gems, the place is quiet and the food is delicious. Don't miss it if you're spending time in the valley.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • Alex Italian Restaurant; a gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our Friday evening dinner was thoroughly delightful The inside obeisance was romantic, and the outdoor area was causal the service and food was extraordinary The owner, who was very gracious, made the most delicious deserts...we even went back the following night just to have desert, after we had dinner somewhere else.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Italian homemade fare!
    FoodfinderVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had a very good meal here on our first visit. Pastas homemade, everything fresh, delivered with Italian attention to the satisfaction of their guests. Not on the most scenic of streets, but if you're a foodie, who cares!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    IWFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were very disappointed in our meal at Alex this year. The past 2 years we have had wonderful experiences and this year (I think there has been a chef change) it was not the same. The gnocchi were extremely spicy - too much so for either of the people in our party who ordered them while the carbonara was strangely tasteless, as was my husband's chicken Mattone. We looked forward with great anticipation to eating at this restaurant and hope that it's hard working young owners get it back on track ASAP!
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  • Houston Texan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Outstanding in every way! It was a hit with the whole family. All the courses were exquisite. Waitstaff is outstanding and knowledgeable. Impressive wine list
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't come here!!!
    Boris
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I will not step inside this place again . The place does not have enough people working the floor. The receptionist asked if we made reservations . Everybody was seated outside like 10 guest or less . The inside seating area was empty and you would ask a patron if we made reservations . Just be glad someone hit lost in their ways and wondered in your place . Will not recommend this place to my enemies .
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  • Disapponting.
    Em12
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Four of us dined there and were all disappointed with our food. The wine list was good but from appetizer to dessert, we were all disappointed especially for the price.
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  • Fabulous! See yelp review 8/6/2014
    Sues
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Top notch all the way around! We enjoyed a memorable and delicious 20 year anniversary dinner with Alex as our most pleasant server. We struck gold on this place for our anniversary!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alex a gem
    PMMD
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Outstanding decor, free street parking, impeccable attentive service, food was delicious, well-presented and good portion size. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone staying in Napa Valley who is looking for a delicious meal in a quiet, well-decorated setting.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Birthday dinner
    Brigadoon62
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner with family. We all ordered pasta entrees. They were delicious. The only criticism was we had a choice of two prices . We ordered the large , so we could share the varieties, but it was still a small portion and twice the price. The appetizers and dessert were also delicious. Good for a special occasion .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Real Thing
    CabernetGrower
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've been to Alex twice now for lunch and it is one of the nicest experiences in all of Napa Valley. The setting is beautiful and out of the way, not crowded and pushed. The food is made in the kitchen by an expert hand. The menu items are both classic and unique. Alex is a restaurateur in the true sense of the word, making sure each detail is right and that each guest is comfortable. As a Napa Valley resident, I have many options for great places to dine but for a leisurely lunch in the European style, Alex is my first choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • August 1, 2014 Birthday Lunch for 4
    YesBDLunchfor4
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed all the food we ordered from the appetizers all the way through the decadent desserts. The service was very good even when the restaurant became busier. The outdoor atmosphere was very nice with the exception of a few falling leaves from the tree overhead and the occasional fly buzzing around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    wineslutVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I love everything about this place. The food, service, and al fresco dining was superd. Te prosciutto w/ Melon and mint was the best I ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TheNewMrsMVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    What a nice surprise! We visited out of convienence but were surprised by the quality and price of the food! My heirloom salad was Gourmet quality! The entrees ranked with top chefs in the area. The menu was diverse enough to please everyone! We brought our own wine but the wines offered were Napa quality!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alex Italian Restaurant
    FumeVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great dinner! The patio was beautiful & the fire was lit as it got dark. Small menu but a bit of everything was offered. Our appetizer, dessert & both entrees were very good. Attentive, knowledgeable server. Large wine list. Will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing alfresco
    KirklandboyVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Alex has become our favorite Italian restaurant. La cucina novella combines flavors of Tuscany, Emiglia Romagna, and Liguria. the fish was fresh and carefully prepared. Artisan pastas wee elegant and scrumptoous. Alex is a gem and we are glad the owners settled in our valley. We'll be back again and again.
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    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Oh What a night.
    gadabout47VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Another great experience at Alex. We caught up with friends at Alex and they were totally awed by the style and food. The appetizers suggested by Victoria were outstanding and we ordered dessert at the same time since each is made fresh and requires some time to prepare. The NY steak was wonderful and tender; the seared tuna seemed to leave the group flat and we thought it was lacking flavor and was over done. The desserts did not disappoint and we all left refreshed and very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outdoor dining can't be beat!
    ObsceneFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We sat outside on the terrace, which is like sitting in your best friend's really nice backyard in Tuscany. We started with prosecco, and then they brought an amuse bouche with burrrata and asparagus. It was creamy and perfect. We then had a tuna and salmon tartare with rough chunks of sea salt and avocado that was delicious, and a arugula salad that was light and refreshing. For our main courses we had the Italian steak, which was a preparation I had never had before. It was sliced thin over an arugula salad with sea salt and Italian cheese. I really enjoyed it. My date had the seared tuna, which was simple preparation and healthy. This is the antithesis of touristy Napa. It's small, intimate, relaxed, and very charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Like eating in Italy
    DjohnsonVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Alex the host is darling. The food is fresh and delicious. The wine list interesting and well-priced. Always a pleasure!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fell short of expections
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Overall the food was not great and didn't live up to the reviews we had read.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TheRs
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Maybe we arrived on an off night. Not much going on - food, service a bit sketchy. We do want to give them another chance.
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    great for lunch
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  • excellent in all ways
    yrrej
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellant creative dishes. Owner came out several times and added extras. Wonderful experience.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SlowfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Superb italian food prepared like you were in italy. Very hard to find anywhere here. A special treat. Wonderful wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvwineandfood
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It's authentic Italian food. Fresh ingredients, outstanding wine list, great service. A hidden gem in the wine country
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Empty place. Limited menu. Chef gone? Food OK once it was finally served.
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  • CRL4Lunch
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Alessandro, Alessia (The Alex's) and staff have created a little gem in a beautiful spot in The Valley. It's not for everyone, but if you appreciate thoughtful and beautifully prepared food from a couple of regions in Italy, and are willing to spend a bit (reasonable for the quality), it's a not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holy Smokes
    gadabout47VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Alex takes fine dining to a new level. The dining room is absolutely lovely and very welcoming. The menu is brief and the wine list is massive. Our server Victoria was the most knowledgeable we have seen in a very long time. Her suggestions matched our wine perfectly and the food was outstanding. We will be back again and again.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Italian with Great Pride
    Carlotta
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Alex in Rutherford is a friendly, special local restaurant with outstanding mostly Italian food. Service is excellent, fine full wine list, and satisfying in all ways. We ate the Chicken prepared under a brick, crispy on the outside and tender and juicy in the middle. Salmon in grape leaves was delicious. Our first courses were perfect. This restaurant deserves attention, lucky to have it in my neighborhood. It has a pleasant ambiance and Alex, the owner, could not be more attentive and caring.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Wonderful
    JohnonCobbVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    A great restaurant that specializes in northern Italian food, but it also features dishes from all over Italy. The wine list is spectacular and varied. The food is impeccably prepared with a focus on freshness and locally sourcing. Alex, the host, and Allesia, his wife that manages the kitchen, are easily the most hospitable owners in the Napa Valley. As you would expect, the service is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Very special
    EatsoutwaytoomuchVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Hate to even review it because it is flying below the radar. The locals told us about it. Best food in Napa by far. Shhhh
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    Ralph
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was very creative and superbly prepared. The wine list is vast and very expensive. It could use more affordable by-the-glass options. The service was extremely thorough, but so attentive that it was disruptive to an otherwise delicious and romantic dinner.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Bibbins1
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We dined in the lovely patio for lunch. The crab ravioli was outstanding.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta even better than in Italy!
    Rebeccagad
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The chef and staff at Alex's are phenomenonal. Pasta was perfect, service impeccable, the asparagus soup deliciously fresh. If you want Italian better than in Italy, this is the place.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    MamaT
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great restaurant but I did miss a dining outdoors, with a view. I felt like I was in a dining room which was rather dark. At Auberge there is a sweeping view of the Napa Valley, at Meadowood there is the golf course. My only complaint was the setting. I did ask for the patio but it was unavailable until 5 mins after we were seated.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch we had on the patio.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My friend, my children and I had a lovely lunch on the patio at Alex on Friday. The day could not have been better....good food, good wine, good company, beautiful weather. I love this Italian restaurant in my neighborhood of Rutherford. Been there several times with friends and we all have had wonderful time!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • finerdiner
    finerdiner
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This was our best dining experience while in Napa. Went on a quiet Wednesday and were impressed the moment we entered. Atmosphere is comfortably refined. Our server, Will, provided flawless, perfectly paced service and two wine choices that couldn't have been better. The menu is not deep with choices but I view that as a positive sign. Duck Pansotti was wonderful. Pork Cheeks with truffle puree equally so. Squid ink pasta with Dungeness crab and shrimp is highly recommended. We would be regulars here if it weren't the 2000 miles that separates us. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 307 reviews are from the Alex Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very nice decor. Clean colors, wine country theme. Nice outdoor seating. The menue is not large, but a good selection. Every thing was very well prepared and the ingredients were top rate. The squid ink pasta was over the top great. Texture of the pasta was perfect, along with the crab and shrimp a dish I will remember. Duck and pork cheeks were a delight.
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    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • charming food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Charming environment with excellent and friendly service . Good wine list of Italian wines and nice food selection
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    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give Alex a try
    StaceyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This restaurant is finally hitting its stride. The octopus was done perfectly; crispy yet still tender. The burata salad is consistently good. The pastas are fresh and correctly prepared. Chestnut pasta is our current favorite. The tenderloin is one of the best steaks in the area. Petrale sole was substituted for halibut on our last visit and it was excellent. Ricotta cheese cake with whipped cream and berries was a great ending to a delicious meal.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate