Alex Italian Restaurant
Alex Italian Restaurant

Alex Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alexitalianrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (707) 967-5500
  • 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
Alex Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)notable wine list (31)great for outdoor dining (29)special occasion (28)romantic (26)neighborhood gem (25)great for lunch (14)good for groups (8)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • AuntMeemVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    this was our first experience at Alex's. We were quite surprised at the sophisticated yet cozy décor but the main attraction was definitely the food. All 4 of us wanted to try the Bolognese but decided to get two of those and try some other entrees. My husband got the braised Boar which he loved. He could not believe how tender it was. The Bolognese was excellent and had somewhat of a spicy flavor to it, lots of meat, and being a pasta person I wanted more pasta in the dish. The cavatelli dish was quite good as well. We are going back in a couple of weeks as the dish I really wanted to try was the fish soup but they hadn't gotten the fresh ingredients in to make it that day. I spoke with Alex who is very approachable and accommodating and he told me to call ahead a day or two so he could try to get the ingredients for the fish soup for me. How nice is that? Alex has become my new find and one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Housemade pasta!
    LPC04VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The homemade pastas were amazing! Flavors were beautiful and pasta was cooked perfectly! The appetizers, soup and entrees also lived up to high expectations. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Italian in Napa
    Bhydvm
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    In a place loaded with great food options, we found Alex stands out from the crowd! A quiet, lovely interior with an attentive staff (including Alex) greeted us....our server was quick with a smile or a suggestion from the menu or that nights specials. We also brought a couple of bottles from the days winery visits which were decanted and taken care of as if we had picked them from their own extensive wine list. And then the amazing food came...try any of the pasta dishes (all excellent) or for a heartier choice try the beef filet....a beautiful cut prepared perfectly. To finish off your meal, be sure to share a slice of the flourless chocolate cake...a sublime ending to an exquisite meal. Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy decor, fancy food
    FoodieInTrainingVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Beautiful restaurant and darling courtyard for outdoor dining. Menu was delicious, but very "gourmet" making it a restaurant we' only go to for a special occasion. Would like to have seen a few simpler traditional Italian choices on the menu which would make us stop by more often!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Service & Wine List
    NapamelVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The service could not have been better. The owners have a lot of experience with wine and it shows with the various wines that are offered. The menu reflects the owner's Italian heritage which offered items that we were not familiar with. The server was very helpful in explaining the menu which was a big help. The food was very good but since we are from Napa we know that there is a lot of competition in the valley and this is were we have some problems. We were here when Alex was opened and this was our second time but we are not sure about a third time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a good choice
    RIch
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We have been here on four different occasions. Always. Good food and very friendly staff and owners. Never rushed to get out. It did appear the menu has been down sized. Not as many choices on the menu. Maybe because it is fall. Food was still very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Last Try
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We tried this restaurant for the third, and final, time. The service remains poor. Meal coordination was terrible. And this time, our pasta dishes were too salty. Sorry, as thought they would have gotten the kinks out by now...
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Limited menu beautifully executed
    PITA2diner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our first meal in Napa. No too crowded. Owners (husband and wife) were very welcoming and genuinely care about the food and wine they serve. Staff was California friendly (always makes me from ny think its facetious, but really nice). Octopus was spot on. So were lamb chops. Wine was a suggestion that paired beautifully. Dessert of custard tart was a treat. I definitely recommend. They got my entree wrong but promptly fixed it and apologized. Again, great food and service in a warm environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Napa Hidden Treasure
    Alex
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This has suddenly become one of my favorite places. The location is perfect for an authentic Italian meal, without being in a super touristy area. Amazing food, wine, service, and ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Your tastbuds will thank you!
    TastyDish
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Many great restaurants in Napa but this is one worth going to if you want to really Taste good food. The flavors are outstanding from salad/mussels/pasta/dessert. The server was excellent - professional yet fun! Cheers to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor food good service- a shame
    devronVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Five of us, who eat out in SF and the wine country multiple times a week all had a terrible meal (with different choices.) Simply the food was not even mediocre. The server tried but the kitchen made French Laundry seem like fast food. Having eaten in the best Italian restaurants in SF and Italy it seemed to all of us that a Mexican sous chef had separately made and spiced our dishes. We would all avoid this restaurant as it may have been the worst we have eaten at in many, many months
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pleasantly surprised
    Jody
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A solid restaurant with a fantastic wine list, cozy outdoor dining, great Lamb dish, fast friendly service and only a hop skip and a jump from the Silverado resort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded Expectations
    ReyAjk
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Really cozy place, impeccable service and the food, oh the food is formidable!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been wanting to go here for quite a while and finally got our chance. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The portions are small which actually makes it quite pricey and while the wine list is amazing it is also expensive. We don't regret going and it may be the best Italian restaurant in the Napa Valley but not a cheap date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bob & Claudia Bass
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    You will never find a better place to dine no matter what the cost or the name The food is the best and the wine list is extensive. What a find, a must on your bucket list. Thank you Alex.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dinner!
    Eat2pleaseVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a fantastic time at Alez Itslian. It is off the beaten path attached to Rancho Csymus Hotel. Owners have been there three years and are very involved in the overall operation. Alez is a som and the wine list is to die for. The food menu is small but every item is delicious. We tried a bit of everything it seemed. The four of us each tried a different app, shared a pasta and had four different mains. Everything was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food in a charming setting
    Mixie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Alex's was terrific! We loved the setting outside, the people, the food, and we loved that our room was just upstairs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently enjoyable
    SaucedVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We are never disappointed by our dining experience at Alex's. The ambience is both pleasurable and sophisticated. The food is always superb. The service is congenial and impeccable. Alex makes a point of extending his hospitality and spent time discussing the virtues of different wine styles with us. We don't hesitate to recommend his gem of a dining spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    Reddog
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a favorite of ours. Superb italian food, great wine list overseen by Alex who knows his wines, and great service. An under discovered masterpiece. I would recommend it without qualification. Special nite out-this is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced/Flavor was lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was good, but lacked flavor. The menu was too limited. The salad was not impressive, particularly given the price. The restaurant has great potential, but the food quality cannot compete with most other similarly priced restaurants in the area. My rabbit entrée was very nice, but lacked flavor. The flavor of the carbonara was dominated by the peas, and not the pancetta. The heirloom tomato salad was small, with too few tomatoes for the price. the dessert was very good.
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  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is the second time we've dined at Alex and loved it. Great handmade pasta, good service, in a beautiful setting. We were seated next to the lovely indoor fireplace. Surprised more folks don't know about this place. Perhaps because it's not on the main drag, but rather tucked away around the corner from Elizabeth Spencer & BV. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian
    Mmmfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I went here for lunch, and it was surprisingly not busy. We sat outside which was cute and cozy. The inside was lovely but had more of a dinner ambiance. The wine list (more like a huge phone book sized menu) had plenty of selections. The good menu was a little small and sounded good, but we both ordered a special not listed. He had the seafood risotto and I ordered the shrimp gnocchi. They bring you this amazing focaccia that was difficult to stop eating...be sure to not fill up on bread! My dish was excellent, and his was even better. Definitely one of the best risottos I've ever tasted. The service was great as well, even Alex himself was greeting guests. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • undiscovered
    wineslutVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My second time at this very fine restaurant. I do not understand why it is so uncrowded. However, the local winemakers seem to appreciate it. The food, service and ambiance are wonderful. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    Barrelbuilders
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As always, Alex and his crew do a beautiful job. The food is excellent and the service is right on. Again, this is my favorite restaurant in the north Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    Barrelbuilders
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had lunch yesterday and it was yet again a wonderful dining experience. Alex and his crew are wonderfully hospitable and the food is excellent and intriguing. I especially like the fact that it's quiet enough to hear each other, unlike the overcrowded neighboring restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 330 reviews are from the Alex Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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