Cinema Paradiso - in Amsterdam / Restaurants [with 3D] / Italian

Cinema Paradiso

Westerstraat 186

Tel: 0031 (0)206237344
Opening times: 6pm - 11pm closed Monday

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One of the liveliest restaurants in Amsterdam, Cinema Paradiso used to be, as the name suggests, a cinema. The former auditorium is now the main dining area of the restaurant, with an open kitchen to one side where one can watch the vibrant preparation of various culinary delights. On offer are a large selection of Antipasti, Bruschette (various Italian bread), Rosticceria (for four persons), salads, pasta dishes, pizzas, and desserts. An excellent selection of wines, champagne, and spumante are available.
It is only possible to book a table for parties of ten persons or more, so the only way to be assured of a table is to arrive at 6pm when the doors open. One can always arrive later and wait in line (in the rather attractive candle lit bar), but be warned, Cinema Pardiso is very popular, with most tables being occupied by 7pm.
Top quality food, very efficient service, good wines (although I would give the house varieties a miss if you have a taste for the grape), and a truly vibrant atmosphere steadily increasing in volume as the evening progresses, are all part of dining at Cinema Paradiso. I particularly like the way the old cinema auditorium has been decorated, illuminated, and converted into a dining area, with the acoustics enhancing a lively party atmosphere.
A superb Rigatoni Barbi (pasta with fresh mussels and enormous prawns in a garlic, tomato and white wine sauce), delicious Vitello Tonnato (thinly sliced veal with tuna sauce), succulent Carpaccio (thinly sliced marinated beef), and Vedure Grigliate (grilled mixed vegetables) to name but a few of the sampled dishes, were all faultless in preparation and very tasty. The Tiramisu was also very fine. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening in the Cinema Paradiso, and will be returning there on a regular basis (just to make sure the current high standard is being maintained!).