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About Permanently Closed - Hotel D'Amici Ristorante
This restaurant is permanently closed. Owned by the Pestoni Family, the Hotel D'Amici Ristorante features traditional Italian cuisine with homemade pastas, fresh seafood, delicious desserts and, of course, Pestoni Family wines from Rutherford Grove Winery.
Critically acclaimed (Gourmet, Los Angeles Times, Zagats,) Southern California protégé of Wolfgang Puck and Marcella Hazan, chef Joe Venezia served as Executive Chef of the Hotel Bel Air, i.Cugini and il Boccaccio. He recently moved to Calistoga where he serves as Executive Chef at Hotel d’Amici Ristorante. Chef Venezia is one of only a few chefs who had the pleasure of cooking alongside Marchella Hazan. Pastas, sausage, wine and even the pickling is made in house and by hand.
We also have private dining available for small groups. See you soon in Calistoga!
Calistoga, CA 94515
Hours of Operation:
Closed for seismic upgrades. expected to reopen in spring 2017
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Calistoga is a small town with lots of street parking as well as various parking lots.
1 bus stop on Lincoln Ave.
Private Party Facilities:
D"Amici Ristorante offers a Private Dining Room in the south end of the restaurant. The PDR accommodates up to 26 guests at a single table or 32 guests at individual tables. D'Amici prefers family style service. Individual service can be accommodated with a pre-selected menu.
Private Party Contact:
Jonathan Ong: (888) 490-6316
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Hotel D'Amici Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
We live just up the mountain from both Calistoga and Santa Rosa. Calistoga is only 25 minutes but we often forget to venture that way instead of Santa Rosa or Healdsburg. Last night we wanted to try something new and I had a bottle of 1971 nebbiolo i've been dying to open. I picked this based on prior reviews and it looked like it was reasonably priced.
We generally don't get great service when we try new places (we are late 20s) but last night our server was fantastic from the get go. He expertly opened our bottle of wine, without asking decanted for sediment - and it definitely needed to breath! He could tell we were on a leisurely dinner date pace and didn't try to rush us to order. I always appreciate servers that can read their table.
We ordered the heirloom tomato salad and wild mushroom bolognese papparadelle to share. The tomato salad was a special so you will be hard pressed to find it there going into winter, but the pastas are made in house and not to be missed! Perfect texture, great flavor, and came out piping hot. I had the veal scaloppine and he had the filetto. Both our entrees were great. We were worried we might have ordered too much but we finished everything.
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for unpretentious, great quality italian food on that side of the mountain. Corkage was $15 and they don't have cocktails - beer and wine only.
The food was amazing. The service was ok when we arrived but once we ordered our waiter literally disappeared. Someone else served our food and we never saw the waiter until we asked for our check. We were only offered beverages once and bread once.It would have been nice to have been offered seconds of both. We were there at 6:45 so it wasn't busy when we arrived but continued to get busy which may have been the issue for the poor service.
The dishes we had were:Cruda “in Bagna”,Pera e Gorgonzola,Strozzapreti Al Frutti Di Mare and the lasagna. All was great except the lasagna the cheese on top was hard and it was dry. We also were not offered fresh grated cheese on our dishes.
I would go back but would be more assertive with the waiter.
Food was delicious with unique sauces & portions weren't overwhelming--just right. Wine list was extensive, as expected for the area.
Busy for a Sunday night. Initially not a good impression. No one at the maitre d' station when we arrived. Things seemed hectic as he was bustling around taking things to tables and took quite a while to even get to us. Meanwhile other incoming diners started backlogging behind us and we were all standing in the aisle right next to diners at tables. Not sure if our reservation made a difference (he never asked us and the folks behind us didn't have one). He was harried. There was one small table for two (which would have been fine) but he mumbled something about why it wouldn't work which made no sense. So we and everyone else were left standing even longer as he waited for other tables to open up and prep them. Meanwhile he kept going back to help the waitstaff serve.
Once seated things got a bit better. Our waitress was personable and didn't seem to let the surrounding bustle bother her, though it did slow things down. Our food wasn't as hot as it should have been; I watched our plates sit on the pick up shelf for quite a few minutes as she chatted with the couple who came in after us.
The decor was very nice and the food was super, so I'd go back-- just hope for a quieter night with more staff.
My family and I had a fantastic experience at D'Amici. We were celebrating a birthday and couldn't have been happier in our choice of this restaurant. The cuisine and service were impeccable. The traditional Italian meal was delicious, and the wine selection diverse. We had a superb lasagne, creative puttanesca with surprising flavors, and appetizers that showcased the seasonal, local produce to perfection. I will be making a stop at D'Amici anytime I am in the Napa area. It's one of the best restaurants in the region. Calistoga is a must for anyone touring wine country.
Had a free night in the Wine Country. Saw this reviewed on Open Table and gave it a try. Great start with Tomato Tart. Fresh, great pastry. NIce salad. I had a pasta puttanesca - with fresh anchovies - which were mild and tasty. Not salty at all. And my husband had a pork cutlet. Well seasoned and tender. Would go back if we were in the area.
Despite being in the Napa wine region, Calistoga has much more of an Old West feel to it. So finding a really good Italian restaurant was a bit of a surprise. The food was delicious, the seating was comfortable, and the noise level made conversation easy. Attentive service made it all the better.
The food and service was fantastic. The homemade mozzarella and homemade pasta were especially good, as was the salad with peaches with an incredible dressing with Gorgonzola. The server's recommendations were spot on. We also enjoyed meeting both the chef and the owner. We are looking forward to going back.
We came here after a very long day of travel and just wanted to unwind with some good food. Being steps from our hotel and having good ratings, this was an easy choice. Kyle, our server - farmer by day and restaurant expert by night - was super attentive and more than willing to chat with us about some general Napa Valley topics. Although not on the menu, my boyfriend asked if they could accommodate a request for a chicken Parmesan entree - not only did they accommodate, but it was one of the best versions we had ever had. The lasagna was rich and meaty and even though I was nervous about the lack of ricotta cheese, it delivered on all levels - I even asked for an extra portion of sauce as it was so delectable. One of our best meals in Napa by far and a great start to our trip.
We got a table Saturday night, and had delicious food! I was surprised that they didn't have a bigger wine list, being in wine country, but the bottle of riesling we got complemented the meal well. I ordered the steak, which was tender and delicious, perfectly cooked. The potatoes it sat on were melt in your mouth delicious! We shared 3 desserts, the fried dough (so addicting), the apple tart (tender crust) and the pie of the day, which was apple rhubarb pineapple (interesting combo, not my favorite). The only downside was the noise! It was crazy loud until two huge parties left. I know the restaurant can't shush patrons, but maybe they could put in some sound absorbers? Overall a great place!
When I made the reservations, I mentioned that it was my partner's (my other half) 80th birthday. I requested for a table in a nice quiet area if possible. I also requested for a cake with a candle at the end of dinner would be nice. Though the food was good, none of my requests were granted. It was our first time there too. Not sure if we'd go back. I was hoping to surprise my partner with a candlelit cake to make his 80th birthday dinner more special. We ordered dessert nonetheless. When we were seated in the middle of the dining room, I noticed a couple of empty booths. I asked if we could change tables, they said sorry they were spoken for already. My reservations were made ahead of time but I guess we didn't look that important to be accommodated. It was a disappointment.
I had the gnocchi with bolognese sauce. The gnocchi was perfectly done, al dente, and not soft and mushy like other places. The portion was perfect for dinner, not so much to make you overly full, enough to satiate and still have room for dessert. The bolognese sauce was yummy! Absolutely the way I prefer it, meaty, tomato tangy with a slight sweetness. My girlfriend had the lasagna and that was even tastier than my meal! The top layer was slightly harder than the other layers and the sauce was delicious!
Service was perfect! Our waiter was very attentive and somehow was always there when we needed to ask for something but more importantly, never interrupted us. In fact, we never even noticed our waters refilled but they always were. Can't say enough about how great the service was!
Don't mistake the house wine for your average restaurant house wine. We each had the cabernet sauvignon and it was delightful. If I didn't have a race to get to the next day, I would have asked for a second glass!
Definitely recommend having dinner here. The atmosphere is elegant, service was stellar, and the food and wine were delicious!
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