Italianissimo Ristorante

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Ristorante Italianissimo has been the bastion of Italian fare in Woodinville, WA since the mid 1990's. In March of 2015, the baton was passed on to the family that has helped make Italianissimo the success that it has become. Still family owned and operated, the restaurant has made a seamless transition from one family to another.The Italian philosophy of using fresh, local ingredients, prepared simply from scratch, is still being embraced-the freshest fish, the finest meats, home made pastas and sauces. The passion of the Italian people’s love for fine food can still be found here.
Come visit our jumpin’ bar-- the full dinner menu along with a lighter bar menu are both offered along with fresh, classic style cocktails, six draught beer selections and an award winning wine list.
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TO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our dinners a long time to come. When it came ny dinner was not warm. Sent it back and it was a bit warmer, but still not hot. Also, I ordered spicy prawns with Italian noodles that said it had a red sauce. My dinner hardly any sauce and was dry. Very disappointed in the whole dining experience. My husbands dinner was not that good too. He said he had much better food at orther Italin restaurants.

VL
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Although we found the food good (Halibut and Pork) we found the overall experience there less than what we had hoped for. What was lacking? Greeting at the door was missing while various employees scurried by without asking if we were attended to. We had to ask for the greeter to come to us which took 5 minutes. When we sat down we were served water and a dismal plate of 1 slice of bread sliced in half of mediocre bread. We noticed several other tables were served at least 4 1/2 slices of bread per 2 people with the addition of balsamic vinegar and/or butter. We were attended to nicely for ordering and wine serving, but one of us was served the pork with cold mashed potatoes. The server was mostly absent while we were eating until we were done and we had questions about what we were served. After finishing it took quite awhile for our table to be cleared. We shared a dessert which was good, tiramisu, but the coffee was weak and for coffee lovers we didn't even finish the coffee and went home to have our own coffee. Wish we didn't have to say anything negative, but for the price of our meal with wine we did expect a better experience, so want to let the owners know what they could improve so that other customers don't cross them off their list of desirable restaurants.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Our waiter was abysmal, believe his name was David. If the food was not so exceptional, we would not go back.

T
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday. Food and service was excellent as usual even though it was very busy for a Thursday night.
We have always loved this restaurant and is our favorite.

D
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their fresh crab ravioli was outstanding! We were enjoying every bite.

n
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Italianissimo has been our favorite local restaurant for many years. We've had wonderful family celebrations there as well as causal nights with friends. The menu has many great choices and the fish specials are always perfect.

SI
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their wilted spinach salad; then we had the salmon special and chicken Marsala. The salmon portion was generous and cooked perfectly. The chicken Marsala had plenty of Marsala and mushrooms, making it rich and delicious. We love that they always provide nice side veggies for a balanced meal. Landon, our server, was attentive with good timing and very personable. We eat here with some frequency and the food and service are consistently outstanding!

F
Seattle
83 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had mixed reviews on the food this time. We had invited friends to come and they weren't happy. One person had to send back their dinner to be hotter (served barely warm). The wife thought it was just okay. My wife LOVED her scampi. I was a little disappointed in my veal Marsala, which I get every time. The portion was much less than usual for some reason. The taste was okay though.

EL
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We've been here a few times now and each time the food has been great! This time was a birthday dinner for my wife, with her parents and her sister. 2 gluten free people in the group were also happen with the choices. They are on the higher price though! However, very good food.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was slow in the beginning, but it got better. We were just waiting for our bread for a very long time. All the pasta dishes were good, but nothing super special. The steak with Gorgonzola cheese was delicious, I would order it again and again .

OT
Portland
189 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The seafood pasta dishes lacked flavor contributing to a sense that this place may have lost its culinary focus. Sad.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family and friends get together. Service was great. Never an empty glass. Everybody got something different. Carbonara, spaghetti, veal cannoli and chicken Parmesan, all outstanding. We had drinks, entrees, and dessert for 159.00. This is my go to restaurant when I’m home and I love taking friends there.

R
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We are long time customers and will not be back. Other than a location convenient to the Woodinville area, this restaurant has nothing worth a visit. Food tastes as though shortcuts and cost cutting have turned it to pre-packaged processed food rather than it's previous homemade tastes. It was also served lukewarm. Service was all around awful. Slow, forgetful and no attempt to make up for mistakes. Still priced as though it is a high end meal. It is well worth driving another 15 minutes down 405 or 522 to any other restaurant.

D
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and romantic location

r
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

September 26, 2019

IR
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

In a nutshell: overpriced, pretty dull

6 people ordered primavera, mac and cheese, margarita pizza and scallop pasta. For dessert we had the tiramisu and chocolate mousse. We also had 2 glasses of Malbec and one glass of Pinot Grigio

The food was fresh, service was friendly and fast, the food itself lacked flavor and character. The pizza has some character and the wine wasn't as good

Price was $161... way overpriced

MB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. EVERYTHING is always great! Food delicious, atmosphere both comfortable and elegant, waitstaff knowledgable and kind (I often take my elderly mother who needs special assistance).

RW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Food / Less than average bread / good service / pricey!!!

HJ
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall it was an ok experience - not sure we will be back. We ordered the carpaccio but it wasn’t served with anything to eat it on - would have been nice to have served it with toasted bread. It was also under-seasoned. Our other appetizer was admittedly ordered wrong by our waitress (we ordered the Prawns Fra Diavolo style and she brought it to the table Scampi style) and instead of just remaking it she said “well do you want to just eat this one instead since it’s here?” At one point one of our guests wanted a before wine drink but the selection was limited at best, and his wife wanted an after dinner drink later and that too was a very limited menu. Half the liqueurs they had listed on the menu they did not actually have. The wine we ordered was good but when we ordered the second bottle it took 20mins to get and we weren’t served it until after our food came and we had nothing then to drink with our meal.

The meals - EVERYTHING tasted like butter. I ordered the veal scallopini piccata style and my friend ordered it with the mushrooms and wine. They honestly tasted the same. The veggies were good but again heavily coated in butter and the GIANT mound of mashed potatoes were cold and super dense. My husband ordered the filet wrapped in pancetta which is served medium rare according to our server but his steak was over cooked. And again the sauce (which had broken) and everything else on his plate basically tasted only of butter.

We ordered tiramisu for dessert only to find out they ran out - why does an Italian restaurant NOT have items like Grappa or good Vodka on the drink menu and run out of tiramisu?????

Overall I was not very impressed with the food and doubt we will be back.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I took my sister out for her birthday. We love your restaurant and have always enjoyed the menu. After the meal we were going to order dessert when the staff showed up to sing Happy Birthday to her. They gave her the dessert she was going to order! A great time was had by all! Thank you for making her B D special♥️

RC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Lovely location and service but food was mediocre at best. This is not the place to go for excellent Italian food.

SU
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine Italian fare for a reasonable price. Friendly staff. I felt well cared for!

KR
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Fourteen years go we lived just down the street & frequented Italianissimo. We haven’t been there for quite awhile so the food is not as good as it used to be. The calamari was overcooked, the veal was tough, the spaghetti sauce was dull & the bread needs to be replaced with a crusty, Italian one. In the past 12 years we’ve been to 78 Italian restaurants on the Eastside & Seattle. There are MUCH better than Italianissimo, however, apparently not in Woodinville since it was crowded.

AB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was all right. No. I'm being nice First problem appeared when they brought us stale bread look like it had been cut from a loaf that had been around for several days. It was not good. I wasn't expecting anything fancy but all I got was some olive oil. The food was okay. I'm not going back. They delivered some very basic food and the highlight was the cats in the parking lot. We had to wait an excessively long time for anything. We were going to order dessert but took as a server at least 10 minutes to get back to us and and while I appreciate that you get busy sometimes he was pretty negligent. For over $130 for two adults and two children you can do better. I would also like to add that the calamari smelled absolutely horrible. That was not fresh. And the sauces they gave us were not fresh. This review is being generous. Just don't.

C
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as always. Seemed like much bigger portions this time

RL
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, ok value. The setting is fantastic Thankks

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well we have been going to this restaurant for over 2 years.

Great ambience and great food complimented by good service.

One issue is we have faced flies in this restaurant on more than 2 occasions.

M
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been coming to this restaurant for a very long time but haven't been in quite awhile.
It is someplace I recommend to people for a delicious upscale meal.
The food is always fresh and amazing and made from scratch. It is consistent and never disappoints.

RR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back in town for a visit after moving away. Had to stop in for lunch with friends. Great food, friendly staff. Love the Shrimp Bisque.

MM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fabulous! Food delicious! Great evening!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We made last minute reservation on a Friday night and while the restaurant was busy, we were seated right away. Unfortunately we were not pleased with our meals. The pasta sauce nearly tasteless. 5 stars for the pasta which I believe was fresh made. We will probably try again but order differently.

C
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 Year Anniversary

l
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent!

F
Seattle
84 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Italianissimo every month or two. It is our favorite Italian restaurant. Our recent visit was no exception. Great food and great service.

L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place,

JS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great flavors, easy parking, nice atmosphere. I would dine here again.

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a fine meal.

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Very fresh..

G
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I enjoyed my Lasagna and the service was excellent. The restaurant was full, so make sure you make reservations if you plan on going on a weekend. Parking is hard to come by and I had to park in limited spots behind the restaurant. Not sure if you can get towed there, but I risked it and my car was still there.

R
Seattle
64 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Still great but need to make sure food quality does not slip.