Rizotto Ristorante

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200 reviews
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"Since opening in 2012 Rizotto Ristorante in Amherst has truly become local entrepreneur Michael Rizzo’s signature restaurant. Rizzo’s fifth restaurant in Western New York offers an upscale dining experience with a menu that features a wide array of items including fresh seafood dishes, fine cuts of beef and traditional Italian pasta. A trendy Antipasto bar offers the perfect prelude to any meal. Guests can choose from a variety of items including roasted and grilled vegetables, specialty meats and cheeses, and several hot items such as homemade sausage, meatballs & chef’s mussels du jour.


​Complimenting the dinner selections, Rizotto Ristorante also offers a daily lunch service between the hours of 11:30 a.m and 2:30 p.m. Whether it's lunch, dinner or banquets, Rizotto Ristorante truly redefines fine dining."
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My fiancée and I went in for dinner tonight for a reservation at 7pm. Neither of us have ever gone here before so we were excited to give it a try. We were sat in a back room which was very nice, but I thought it was weird that above their fireplace was this giant TV on a PowerPoint loop showing daily specials and upcoming events (totally killed the ambiance).

Server came after a few minutes of us sitting down and brought us water. We asked for a minute to look at the drink menu and she then came back 15 minutes later. We ordered our bottle of wine (and dinner, because we were ready by that point). Our bottle of wine took 15 minutes to arrive at our table from that point. 50 minutes after being there, our appetizer came out. Then we didn’t see our server until 35-40 minutes later when she caught us giving her a glare (food still hadn’t come out yet). She told us food would be out shortly and was sorry for the inconvenience. Then a few minutes later our food came out.

To make a long story short of all of this, the service was VERY slow. We didn’t see the server very much. And we left our 7:00pm reservation at 9:45pm (believe me, we weren’t just taking our sweet time).

Food was good, but in the moment was just super unhappy with the long wait times we had. We definitely didn’t get our bang for our buck in terms of service.

Turn off the stupid TV in the dining room killing the atmosphere and fix your service issues and we’ll be back. Otherwise, see ya later.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night birthday dinner- food and atmosphere were comfortable and elegant without being stuffy. Our server was outstanding despite being quite busy. Definitely will return

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I met here for a quick Friday night catching up dinner. The high quality of the food was a wonderful surprise. My seafood dish was perfect and my friend enjoyed her chicken franchise. Our server Derek was attentive but never intrusive. I will return soon.

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NM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. I enjoyed a quiet dinner. Had the chicken parm, was very good!

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KC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time at Rizotto. Staff was friendly and informative. Food was presented well and of good quality. Would definitely recommend.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A nice restaurant with good food and very pleasant decor. Our server was very attentive and helpful with the menu. My cocktail was excellent.

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AG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants! You can guarantee fine food and great atmosphere !

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

While I normally enjoy this restaurant it seems like we had a poor experience this time around. On New Year’s Eve we waited over an hour for our entrees and about a half hour for our antipasti appetizers. About a half hour after we placed our order we were then told they were out of something we ordered, not sure how there was that much of a delay in communicating that. When our food came one of the items ordered was incorrect (received a completely different dish) but at that point we did not want to wait any longer. When we ordered dessert a different dessert was given to us than what we ordered because they were out of the one we ordered, we were not asked what we wanted to substitute it with instead just given something else totally different. Upon the end of our dinner we noticed servers offering Limoncello shots to all the tables surrounding us, we were not offered these. While I’ve had several positive experiences at this restaurant and the food we did eat was very tasty, it seems like they dropped the ball on this particular evening.

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RH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our New Years Eve dinner was great, will definitely go back again.

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E
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The hostess was not anywhere near the door upon arriving. This was the first visit for our party of 4. Several wait staff walked by without even acknowledging that someone will be right with us. There were plenty of open tables and the hostess took us to the closest and easiest for her to seat us. Nick was our server, he was fantastic. He was very professional and friendly. The food choices were good, a lot of variety with something for everyone. The most basic of choices, bucatini and meatballs were not so good according to my partner. The risotto de mare was good, the braised short rib was good. The chicken parmigiana was just ok. It was a Friday and our reservation was for 7:00 pm. There was live music in the bar area that was too loud for that hour. It was difficult to have conversation at our table over the distraction. Overall it was ok (fair), a good value but not the type of place I would rave about.

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DO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve been anxious to dine here. Our visit was for my husbands big 70th. We were very pleased all the way around from server explanation of menu items to the dessert. The cake slice with candle appeared after dinner, requested by me earlier and was complimentary!
Our dinners were delicious! The bill was reasonable and we will visit again in the near future 😊

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TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our first trip here. It was very busy when we arrived so we had to wait a little longer than usual for a table. We were told the kitchen was very busy, however we didn't notice a slow-down in service. There was live entertainment that night, so that's probably the reason for the crowd. We were able to have a conversation during the performance without raising our voices. The food portions were good and everyone enjoyed their entree's. The pick 2 appetizers with your entrée was a pleasant surprise and you get plenty of options. I am planning on coming back.

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LD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went on a Wed. night to hear live music with Jack Civiletto's energetic band and to enjoy the $10.95 Chicken Parmesan Wed. night special. Huge order which we 3 split along with a phenomenal grilled Caesar salad and a pizza. Oh, and a $20 bottle of excellent Merlot (many varieties to choose from). A great time and delicious bargain with take home left over!

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CI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible - it took over an hour to get our entrees. They had 2 large parties booked and clearly had not planned how they would manage that and their regular diners.

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W
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service. Surprisingly good food. Great value

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s was perfect. Quiet enough to talk but not silent. Food was wonderful. Server very knowledgeable and friendly

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal, nice atmosphere, great service, great value

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LD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a very pleasant experience! Can’t wait to go back. Everyone was exceptionally friendly, there wasn’t a lot of people there so it was peaceful. Nice atmosphere! Food was really good! Gelato was a little soupy but still good. Can’t wait to check out the desserts next door!

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Revisited for the first time in a couple years and we were very pleased. We’ll definitely be back.

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LP
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at this Resturant. It was a Saturday night, parking lot was packed,always a good sign. Found out there were 2 private events. My biggest complained was that out entrees took well over 1 hour for them to arrive. We were told there was a problem in kitchen. 1 chef was sick, 1 quit, and the2 parties made it extremely busy. When a Resturant does this one venue or the other always suffers. Both have a different pace . So in this case it was the Resturant.

I enjoyed my scallop and shrimp dish, my wife did not enjoy here short ribs and red sauce. For our patience we were given a after dinner drink, a nice touch.

Might try it on a weeknight but not on a weekend again

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service and food. Beautiful restruarnt, great setting.

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M
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The entrees were very good for everyone in our party of eight.
Above our table was a large flat screen TV displaying advertising over and over again. I find that very tacky.
The waitress did not know anything about the items on the menu. She could not remember what people ordered and had difficulty clearing dishes. She disappeared for long periods of time. The water service was poor. The restaurant gave of as menu with several items for dessert. However, they had run out of all but two items.
The prices were very low because it was restaurant week.

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BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with 2 other couples for Restaurant Week. No complaints at all. Everyone enjoyed the wine, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Waitress was very nice. Manager checked in with us to see how things were too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

We went with a group of 7 people on a Sunday night at 7:30 for a bachelorette party dinner. While my food was great, at least 3 other people had issues with their food. The mussels, the seafood dinner and the braised short rib all had complaints. Our server didn’t ask if we wanted one check or separate and seemed very annoyed when we asked for them to be split. It was a very mediocre experience.

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MH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with very good food. Service was very good also and the overall price was reasonable, given the portions and quality of the meal.

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WA
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and so was the service. Top pick was the fig and prosciutto pizza. Absolutely awesome! Will be going again soon.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Our waiter was nice and very attentive. The food was not what we had expected, and were kind of disappointed by 2 of the meals we ordered (one of which had a black hair wrapped into the Alfredo). We had came an hour after they had opened and they were all out of two the items on their salad bar pick menu, which was again disappointing. The food, including our appetizer, did take a while to come out; we weren’t exactly sure why because they didn’t seem busy until we were getting up to leave. Our bottle of wine that we ordered was chilled, which we were pleasantly surprised with. While the table next to us ordered a bottle, and it was warm. The desert menu consisted of 4 different slice of cake options and about 5 gelato options, however nothing else. Overall it was an okay experience, the service was good, the place is beautiful and there is even an outdoor dining section. I’m not sure if we would return based on the food though.

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CI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Music on Friday was awesome. Great night on the patio. Randy was attentive but not bothersome.

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AB
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from out of town and found this restaurant on Open Table and if we come back to the area we will be back to eat. Food was good, service was at a nice pace and overall a good dinner

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T
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner and was very satisfied. The meatball appetizer was great along with the chicken Milanese. Would definitely recommend.

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A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

They have since finished remodeling and the place is beautiful. The menu has changed quite a bit. However, there was a group of four and all enjoyed their pasta dishes. The chef was kind enough to make a special Risotto dish with fresh vegetables! You definitely get a lot of food and a variety of choices for your side dish. They have an outdoor patio, not very scenic, however, nice if the weather permits itself. Great place to go on a date / or get together with friends! High recommend.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Server Rick was helpful and attentive without rushing us. The noise level was a bit high when large groups were seated nearby.....otherwise, food was excellent.

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointed in the pasta bolognese . Service was excellent

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PL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The music was excellent! The patio was lovely. Service was very poor until we flagged down a waiter after 15 minutes. Then it got better but he neglected to hear our order for a second pizza. The ceasar salad was way overpriced. Best pick were the specials for antipasto and margarita pizza at five and seven dollars. Delicious and presentation was lovely.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the value you get with an entree which includes two items on their antipasto bar made the meal worth it.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. I would recommend this restaurant highly

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t
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We have been here a few times before this visit and everything was very good. This visit the food quality was very disappointing. For some place called Rizotto the risotto with the shrimp appetizer was watery and the risotto that came with my dinner was mush. Overall a disappointing meal.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect spot for an early Father’s Day weekend dinner. The staff was very attentive and food phenomenal. Absolutely love the ambiance.

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LD
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Asked for and received a round table for eight people. Makes conversation so much easier! Our waiter was attentive, patient , but not overbearing. The food, as usual, was great. I recommend the shrimp, scallop and risotto. Amazing.

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M
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit since the remodel and it looks great. The food and service was good.

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