Ferrari's Little Italy
Ferrari's Little Italy

Ferrari's Little Italy

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ferrarilittleitaly.com/
  • Phone: 513-272-2220x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Greg Wright
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Ferrari's entire menu is available for carry out and many items are available in larger portions from our catering menu. All catering size pans serve eight to ten people. We will deliver with a minimum purchase and can do set up on-site.
  • Private Party Facilities: Ferrari's restaurant consists of a variety of different size rooms that can accommodate large and small parties. One room, with fire place, will hold up to 40 guests while the larger room can accommodate up to 75 guests.

    It has always been our policy at Ferrari's to eliminate the "unexpected" for our guests. There are no hidden fees.... set up fees, room charges or consulting fees. Our rooms can be reserved one year in advance. To confirm a reservation a deposit is required. All deposits are refundable with a 21 day notice. Final guest counts must be provided 72 hours prior to the event.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris or Cathy 513-272-2220x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Miami Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ferrari's Little Italy
Ferrari's Little Italy & Bakery is located in the heart of Madeira, across from Madeira Kroger. Ferrari's is an authentic Italian Restaurant featuring Northern & Southern fare with excellent value & generous portions. Ferrari's has been operating for over twelve years and is family owned and operated by the Bassano family. The restaurant has two private dining rooms available for private parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings, or family gatherings. We also have an outside patio dining area that is beautifully landscaped with an Italian mural and a stone lighted waterfall. Ferrari's offers full service dining, carry-out, and catering, with an on-premise Italian bakery and Italian grocery.

At Ferrari's we feature family style dining. Our portions are large enough to share, they often border on the surreal. We invite you to enjoy the vera cucina piccola italia, the true cooking of Little Italy.
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Ferrari's Little Italy reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (63)great for outdoor dining (50)special occasion (32)fit for foodies (31)romantic (28)good for groups (27)great for lunch (22)kid-friendly (17)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (6)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • food & service
    ABCD
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Excellent Italian cuisine. Service was wonderful. Dessert was delectible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our last minute date night came together beautifully thanks to the staff at Ferarris. We were aware that it was Valentines weekend and expected delays and possibly a rushed dinner. However we were seated within 10 min of our reservation time. Morgan made sure to answer all questions. When I asked about a wine recommendation she asked another staff member what would be best and I appreciated her sincerity. Her suggestion was perfect. Often times (esp with wine) I feel as if the server is suggesting a specific wine out of duty or to win a staff contest. I was glad she didnt get flustered and instead took the time to ask. The food was excellent! Start to finish great time and beautiful meal. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same.....
    jetdoc
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Have been to Ferrari's many times in the past and have thought it to be romantic and intimate. This visit however was anything but that, as we encountered very close proximity seating, bright lights and a very loud group close to our table. Food was great but not a place that I would call a romantic destination for my wife and I anymore. This was our Valentines dinner and it wasn't what we were used to in the past.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Charm!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I forgot how great this little Madeira gem is! The service is great, food is outstanding, and the atmosphere was perfect. Kind of casual, but not overly so. Not too loud. Nice fireplace and small bar, just really nice all around!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, w/ hit or miss ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great restaurant with wonderful Italian food. Not too pricey for two, either. However, they have several different dining areas, some are cozy and romantic, and others are like being in a cafeteria. We seem to always get seated in the latter area, which tends to be drafty and cold, and takes away from the dining experience. Lovely dining area outside when the weather is nice. However, one time we were seated by the fountain, and were subsequently moved because another customer requested the table - a little odd, but I guess you keep the big spenders happy...?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Beth
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I went on a date with my boyfriend to celebrate V-day and the food was absolutely great! There were a few reasons as to why I didn't give this restaurant an oustanding review and that is because a poriton of the floor was tiled and it made it challending to walk in heels. I had to walk carefully as I had slipped a few times but was able to catch myself. Second the parking was very limited. Both my boyfriend and I thought our table was in an odd place and not as romantic as we had hoped. This wouldn't stop us from going again because the food was GREAT! Although I was disappointed at the limited selection of their baked items, which I was intially excited about since there are no Italina bakeries (at least that I am aware of) in Cini
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad to say...
    Jenn
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was our second visit to Ferrari's. My fiancée and I were seated in a smaller room which was quaint. There were four tables, one of them being a round that sat six. After we were seated, the staff added 2 more places at the table for 6 and the room became crowded and noisy. The ambience was gone. Our service was lacking too. We were told the specials when we were placing our order then heard a different special when the larger table was being waited on. I ordered the veal piccata which was flavorless. The dish had no seasoning whatsoever. The server did ask about it and she quickly replaced it with something else. That being said, the calamari and lasagna were good. Overall, not an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a reservation for five and they put us in the side room in the corner. It was snowing that night and it felt like we were in a cold cellar. We had our two boys with us (ages 9 and 7), and there was a small toddler at the table next to us. The dinner was fine; good for kids. It ended up working out well for the boys, but I never felt quite warm enough or settled. The table was extended to accommodate our family, and my husband had to hold on to his plate for fear it would end up in his lap. If we make reservations here again, I will know to try to ask for seating in the main dining room.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relax
    woody
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Low key restaurant in the heart of Madeira so it is close to home. It was quiet with tasty pasta dishes and had a nice ambience. This is my second time coming and enjoyed it each time. I will be back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple yet italian
    BDF2006
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We went here for a late mother's day gift for my mom. Everyone was very friendly and inviting. It was early still so the place had not filled up yet. Food was quick and tasteful. Bread was also awesome and remarkable. We had a reservation but still we got seated right next to another couple. My only complaint is if you have plenty of room, why not spread out your guests while there is still room. I really didn't enjoy hearing the other couples dinner conversation, but that was easily remedied when they left for the night. Our server was fantastic and right on top of things. My son loved the "cheese" bread and couldn't get enough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful establishment
    luveatingout
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We visit our daughter often and make this restaurant a definite must. Great food with many choices. The shrimp scampi is second to none. This restaurant provides a cozy atmosphere with many small rooms that give it much warmth. Love the fireplace. Keep doing what you're doing as it certainly is working. Kudos to you and can't wait to visit again and place Ferrari's on the top of our list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Juat okay
    HAMMERX
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    cute restaurant but my lasagna was only warm...as in not reheated enough! Service was slow and we were there at a non busy lunch time. Bakery did not have much selection. Unfortunate since I have heard good things.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • family time, great memory
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    our server was sweet, Morgan stayed busy with many tables but kept up and gave us attention and made our first meal there one we wont forget! we will be back! Reservation we had made was only 5min behind and they even said sorry for that when we were leaving! Great atmosphere and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Wait for table.
    likefood
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food was great, as always. Made reservations for 6 people & when we arrived at the restaurant on time, we had wait over 20 minutes for our table...with a reservation. Others were waiting for their tables too. Some had reservations, some didn't. Never had this issue before at Ferarri's. Also a long wait for our food. Didn't seem real organized. Man who brought the food to our table wasn't sure what the meals were that he was delivering. Put one down on the table & said he needed to go ask what meal it was! So excellent food, once it came, but some serious service issues which lowered their overall rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal with friendly service
    Scott
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    First time dining at Ferrari's for myself and two friends but the wife had lunch here two months ago. Everyone greeted us with warm smiles and seated us at a table with red & white table clothes, just like the website pictures. Ambience was very comfortable and inviting. My wife had the Eggplant which could feed two people and absolutely loved it. My guest and I had the Lasagna and thought it too was excellent. Our other guest had the Chicken Marsala and thought the presentation and taste was outstanding. Overall the service, portions and taste exceeded our expectations. We will definitely return again for authentic Italian cooking. Good job by all the staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    Enjoysgoingout
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Food, atmosphere, service were all terrific! One of favorite spots.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for dinner with friends
    Trixie
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    nice easy relaxed dinner with friends. had a in-a-cubby table that felt very private. service was fine; didn't rush us thru courses as some places tend to. Food was good - more traditional Italian - comfort food on a cold night. Only dish not at best was the salad - quite wilted lettuce. But special soup (tomato basil) was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian
    Snappermd
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    First time customers, cute little place, smaller than what I expected. The food was ok, got a pasta dish with added chicken, ordered the Bigger size to share could easily feed 4, the challenge is finding a Dish on the menu all 4 could agree upon. Looking at other dishes, Maybe we didn't pick the best option when we ordered? I was happy With the taste of the food, but I was expecting more? Fell short for me And my expectations. I will try it again, as I always try places several Times before I make final decision, still short.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Family Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Went to Ferrari's to celebrate my daughter's birthday and had a wonderful meal. My son and I both ordered pizzas, the alfredo and barbecue chicken, and we also ordered a large Ferrari and large Caesar salads for our group of 5 to split. The other members of the family ordered pasta dishes, fettucini alfredo and chicken parmesan. Every dish was delicious and portions were large. We enjoyed a cozy atmosphere with a fire burning in the fire place. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good value and great taste
    wdkl
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We make this our 'place to eat' a few times every year. Have gone there for New Year's Eve for the last few years. Little busier this year, we went a little later than we usually do. Seated after some wait, but as usual it was worth the time and trip.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve Dinner
    Harold
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Ferrari's is never a disappointment. Our reservations were honored as soon as we walked in the door even though it was New Year's Eve. Being able to choose from a full menu was a pleasant surprise and as always the food was delicious. Would highly recommend this wonderful neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    Skimble
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    This is a neighborhood restaurant for us, so we eat here frequently, enjoying special nights such as half-price wine nights. We enjoyed our recent trip with visitors who were impressed by the bakery and portion size. Four of us shared the Ferrari Insalata and had enough for a couple more. There is always something to take home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It obviously was a busy night,
    Logan
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    It obviously was a busy night, but they ran out of my dinner item and came back about 30 minutes after order was placed. Service was spotty,(waitress did not ask if we wanted a second drink, just took our first and dinners did not arrive at the same time), and food was average, (veal was chewy). Disappointed in the experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas Eve Dinner...
    BAL1234VIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The perfect place for Christmas eve dinner...We had a reservation for two at around 7:30 pm and we were seated very soon after we arrived...The service was great and the food is always good...Perfect time to be there since the crowd was winding down a bit...We'll be back next year...
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We have dined here twice and will definitely come back. We live in Western Hills but will drive a distance if the food is good. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • worth the calories!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    my boyfriend and i stopped in here around 10:00 on a friday night after finishing up at "cheers to art" the kitchen was closing but they still sat us. The portions here are MASSIVE so we split a lasagna, as all the reviews said it was amazing. It definitely was amazing and huge! we also got a crab cake appetizer and was super delicious. Between splitting those two, we were definitely full and our bill was fairly inexpensive even with a delicious glass or prosecco and a jack and coke for him. The only disappointing part was no oil and vinegar for the table, although the bread service was quite tasty. The bakery in front smells amazing and I must remember to stop in some day!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ferrari's offers neighborhood
    JoyceR
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Ferrari's offers neighborhood comfort food, a decent meal close to home. It's not spectacular and the service is just OK. You have to remember to ask about specials, the servers don't volunteer the information. Ask for the dipping oil too, it's worth requesting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ordered the Wrong Plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    My wife and I were unhappy with our dinners, but the dinners served to our friends – lasagna – looked (and according to our friends, tasted) great. My wife's vegetarian pizza was over-loaded with vegetables – fall of the plate loaded – and was lacking in cheese. I ordered the daily special. It was loaded with great tasting and perfectly prepared seafood, but was heavily stocked with a vegetable that I don't care for at all. In the description, there was no mention of that vegetable being included in the dish, or I would have asked that it be left out. Next visit, and there will be a next visit, we'll order something different, something more traditional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood friends night out
    Judy
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The food was excellent, very delicious We had a nice "round" table for 6 which made it great for talking to everyone Our waitress was attentive and personable
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    osurfc8
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The food was very good. You should teach your servers to pour the wine. When our classes were empty we had to pour our own. It may sound picky but it is a nice to have.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday November 16, 2013
    kdawg
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Great food, Great waitress, unbelievable service. Could not have been happier.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fine meal at Ferrari's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Ferrari's staff was ready and waiting upon our early arrival. Our server was gracious, the room was comfortable, and while virtually full, the noise level was low so you could hear soft music during breaks in our conversation. 5 different dishes were selected, & all were presented well + were full of flavor. I have found this restaurant to always be 'generous' in portion size, but have to comment that the Parmesan Crusted Sole that my wife ordered was virtually cartoon-ish in size. There were 4 or 5 large fillets on the plate ... which could have easily fed 2 or 3 adults. We all tried it since there was so much, and it was light, flaky & flavorful. Pizza, lasagna, special, whatever = overall, a fantastic experience and a pleasant setting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Shon
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The food was great and so was the service! Thank goodness for family business's. Would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine dinner at Ferrari's
    FOODIECHER1VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    My husband & I had a lovely dinner here. The wine was good and our appys and entrees were excellent. Our server Taryn was very friendly and efficient. We will return and bring friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    Foodlover
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    This is not the first time we've eaten there. The service is always friendly and good. Very helpful in helping us select wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy Place with Okay Food
    JoAnne
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    The restaurant was almost full when we arrived. We, two of us, were seated next to a window, which was fine, in a smaller "room". Everyone in the room was speaking loudly to the point where the two of us had a difficult time communicating between us. The food was only fair considering the price we paid. It was our first time there and probably our last. Disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this restaurant! Great
    zzackw
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I love this restaurant! Great food, I had the new york strip steak this time but have also tried the filet medallions and all of it is great. They also have a very energetic atmosphere and I love the bakery shop where you can buy delicious canolis, cupcakes, and other items to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute anniversary dinner
    MikeRMontgomery
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Looking for place to celebrate our anniversary, decided to try Ferrari's. Made reservation (was not needed) they had private corner table for anniversary and brought out delicious homemade dessert to celebrate. Service was fast, friendly and food was superb. Hot, great flavor, prepared just right. Would highly recommend........Great experience at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio in the summer.
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Great patio in the summer. Really good food. Their specials never disappoint. Service has been about 80-20 (80 good, 20 bad/slow).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my best time at Ferrari's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    My daughter, husband and I, along with our 3 year old granddaughter, dined there. We were placed in the bar area and the tables were very crowded together. .. Kept bumping the chair of the person behind me if either of us got up. The kids menu is just okay. We really love eating here in the summer when we can be on the patio. The patio is also much better for little ones as they can move around a bit. The food that night was so so also. It was an off night, a Monday I think, so the cook/chef wasn't up to par.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate