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A long-standing small restaurant in Rockridge seems to have new energy as it expands into adjacent space. The Saturday-night vibe was buzzy and fun; the crowd was clearly glad to be there; and the almost-ready expanded space looks great. Staff behind the bar and on the floor were welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable about food and wine pairings. Salads are interesting, and pastas are great. Pork saltimbocca was OK, not remarkable. The panna cotta was absolutely wonderful. All-Italian wine list is full of moderately-priced treasures. Can't wait to go back.
Sadly,the restaurant was a big disappointment. Two salad dishes were flavorless. Squid salad had a few
Pieces of squid with fennel and virtually no seasoning. Another salad dish was tasteless. I used tho olive oil that came with the bread to flavor the salad. Service was nonexistent until I called the waiter to tell him my entree was not what I had ordered. He offered to prepare the correct order but I did not want to spend another half hour waiting for food. Many better restaurants in the area.
We really like this place. It is slightly above our budget, so a trip there is always a special splurge. I think we have been 5 times since it opened, one time on New Year's Eve. The menu is fairly small and they do each item really well. Most recently we had saltimboca. delicious. And they have Belgian beer as well as a large wine selection.
Great food, but sexist staff. They were verbally surprised when the woman in our party ordered the heartier meatier dish. We will not be returning
Dining at Enoteca Molinari makes me feel like I am dining in Italy. We’re so lucky to live not far from this restaurant. The menu is not large, but every dish is perfectly prepared and feels totally authentic. All of the pastas are wonderful and have the same “chew” as pasta in Italy does. The wine list is exclusively Italian and has enabled us to learn a lot about Italian wines. The service is always warm and helpful. The salted caramel budino is absolutely heavenly! I love this restaurant.
Second visit. Great food and wine and friendly staff.
Lovely place w dedicated behind the scene folks. 5 of us for $250.00 after 3 hrs. Plus $100.00 worth of wine.
Great food and a great time. Love the wine list and friendly atmosphere.
Love the food, ambiance and service -but- bathroom needs to be cleaned BADLY.
Incredibly amazing wine selection
Visited on Tuesday night for a farewell dinner. We liked the food a lot. It was also cozy and quiet.
overall good meal and service. nice small atmosphere. fair value
Not as good most times in the past. The food simply had no zing.
It is authentic Italian food, family style, good service and nice environment.
Lovely dinner , food was delicious!!
Mixed experience. Some dishes were amazing - best swordfish ever! Others didn’t really hit the mark. Kitchen was slow and a bit confused about whether they did or did not have fish, etc.
Server was apologetic but a bit scattered.
Have dine here often. Service tend to be on the slow side. Food is always good. Paying can often be a drawn out process.
Great new space. Friendly staff. High quality food. Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.
The food was consistently delicious! Very authentic creative Italian.
We went back Saturday night after the CAL game with our two daughters to Enoteca Molinari for a relatively late 8pm dinner. We wanted to know if the excellent dinner and service we had two weeks prior with just my wife and I was a fluke. Well, it wasn't a fluke. We walked into this cute and cozy place and were instantly greeted with "its great to see you again, welcome!" by the wonderful waiter. The fantastic Italian chef smiled a greeting at us and Joe, the owner greeted us and helped us find a couple great bottles of Italian red wine. Dinner was again superb. The two pastas were delicious paired with a couple starters and the great eggplant dish. Well done folks. Can't wait to come back. Love this place.
This is such a jewel. I love the warm service and superb food.
Wonderful service and food. Will be back!
The server, Casey, was the best server I've ever had in my entire life. She was gracious, patient with us, highly accommodating, and kept our waters filled. The place was packed, too!! Amazing food, amazing service.
We came through the tunnel and were able to get a Saturday evening reservation at this wonderful little Italian restaurant on College Avenue. We were so lucky because we found this hidden gem. While it’s been here close to nine years it’s really easy to walk right by it. We had seen it before and had never ventured in.
The owner and the Italian chef are so friendly and the food is authentic and outstanding and the service spot on with a smile.
The tagliatelle is as good as you can find anywhere in Italy or New York. The Monterey Bay calamari with Frisée was awesome. Their wine list is great and Joe picked out a super nice bottle of red for us from Tuscany.
While Belotti just down the street gets much fanfare, don’t miss Enoteca Molinari.
The service here was much better then we received at the bar at A16.
Good food excellent ambience and great service
Food was exceptional as always. Angelo always makes sure that plates are served as soon as food is ready to be served. Joe provides many wine choices to go with the chosen dish. Service has always been attentive. and ready to please. All good reasons to go back and enjoy an evening of great tastes and company.
What a gem. The unbreaded! calamari with fennel and garbanzo beans was excellent. My friend's gnocci was really delicate ( I never order it because it is usually heavy. ) My tagliatelle was good but a bit meat heavy. Very Good service (only four stars because they forgot about us after we came in.) Nice ecletic crowd and cool little bar.
One of your favorites, it is a calm place, with excellent Italian, like you would find in Italy. They have a great Italian wine list, at reasonable prices.
One of my favorite places. Sit at the bar if you can.
We had a great evening - good service and good food! Thanks.
From out of town and met friends here with no expectations - wow! Service was just the right amount of attention, very knowledgeable and helpful. Food was great, as were wine and dessert. Very enjoyable.
Excellent! Warm service and delicious food. I always feel right at home here.
We used the word"sublime". Its very Italian is so far as the motto is - we take care of you and you take care of us! the food is delicious and sublime!
The pasta was delicious and so was the salted caramel pudding.
What a find in the Rockridge! Perfectly prepared rustic Italian food without heavy sauces or needless mounds of cheese. My ragu was made with fresh tagliatelle that was sublimely l dente. The vegetable soup was made with a robust vegetable stock and hearty pieces of carrot and English snap peas. My wife had the salmon that was accompanied by a fennel, olive, and caper medley with pure Mediterranean flavors. There is also an excellent Italian wine list with wines being offered by the glass. I’m also happy to report that the wine markups were a bit less than expected, so this make Enoteca Molinari an even better value for your dining budget. Salute!
Tagliatelle was my choice and I was very satisfied. Cauliflauer good too and others in party liked their dishes too.
Excellent food! Wonderful service. Tiny, cramped space that can get pretty noisy, but it didn't matter as we had such a great meal. Very good wine selection.
Service was the best part about Enoteca. Our server Fabian was friendly, attentive and suggested excellent wine pairings for our meal.
For the amount of times, my family has eaten at Enoteca Molinari, we have never been disappointed.
From Angelo, the Neopolitan chef, to the waiters and Joe, the owner, we highly recommend the cuisines, the service as well as Joe's choices when choosing wines.