5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW
During each of our trips to Italy, my wife and I look for quaint family run restaurants. They tend to have a wonderful history and delicious food from recipes handed down from generation to generation. Well, we discovered such a place in Duluth. We were just introduced to Italiano Ristorante this evening by friends, not in Italy, but right here in our own back yard.
We were in Italy last September where we enjoyed many wonderful meals. However, none of what we enjoyed there was any better than what we experienced this evening in Duluth at Italiano Ristorante.
The food was exceptional and the service was warm and very attentive. Prices are extremely reasonable and we were very pleased with what we received for what we paid. Truly, the pricing is refreshing.
Because it is family owned, Italiano Ristorante is the type of restaurant you truly enjoy supporting and calling your own. Family owned and operated, the family, originally from Sicily, does a wonderful job of making you feel very much at home. One of the best things is that you don’t have to dress up to have a very tasty meal. You are invited to come and enjoy great food in a casual atmosphere. I wore shorts this evening . . . as did others. This was a wonderfully relaxing place go for a very pleasant evening.
Everything at Italiano Ristorante is fresh, homemade, and delicious. And, one thing you can count on while there is that at least one family member is busy making something wonderful in the kitchen. As good as the food, is the warm personal service that you enjoy.
Enjoy this special restaurant the next time you are craving good Italian food.
Gwinnett Daily Post – June 12, 2015
Finally!!!! This place has been “Coming Soon” for way too long. There are a couple of pizza places in the area, but no real Italian restaurant.
I met Frank, the owner, Brooklyn man who couldn’t wait to show off the wood fire brick oven for authentic pizzas. I’m looking forward to trying it.
I went with the bruschetta and the eggplant rollatini. Absolutely delicious! I felt like I was back in the New York area.
I live close by, so I’m looking forward to becoming somewhat of a regular. Really good food. Check it out!
Frank brings his family’s 59yrs worth of Italian-Brooklyn know how here and I’m very pleased. I’m not from NYC, but the knots and red sauce were excellent. My bride chose a Margarita pizza, and I the Penne w/sausage & broccoli tossed in olive oil. Both were generous servings, brought out together, both piping hot! The Penne locked my jaws it was so good! The Margarita was light and delicious as well. I learned its all made there at Roma from scratch with goods imported(?) from the Old Country.
Going back tonight & taking some friends with us. This could change to a 5-star FAV if tonight matches or tops our last visit. Stay tuned….
A little on the pricey side but the portion was geneous and the quality of the food was great so there is your value. The fried mozzarella was too salty for me but the chicken penne vodka was the BOMB and considering we went there late I can certainly appreciate the garlic knots not being hard and dry so I was impressed, they were smaller in size than what im used to but who cares they were yummy. And so was the dipping sauce. The staff SUPERB!! I hope that is not just because the restaurant is new bc that is my absolute favorite part of the dining out experience and sadly in time most restaurant forget to put in the effort.
FYI The chicken penne vodka comes with mushrooms
I actually ordered stromboli and a cannoli for takeout but the guy at the front magically turned the cannoli it into a calzone instead..lol it’s ok, I actually don’t mind but I will come back for that cannoli next time, I guess.
Both are delicious, good hearty portions, robust and flavorful.
The stromboli has the perfect amount of melted cheese, smaller than most stromboli’s, but really the taste makes up for anything else. The marinara sauce on the side is so good too.
The calzone has an abundance of ricotta and is also just hearty and rich.
Definitely going to order through this menu and try more of their offerings.
If I make it through the list and they are consistent, I will update with 5 stars, 4 stars bc my order was scrambled (5 star is for impeccable service too, right?) and bc I haven’t tried the menu yet – I gotta say tho, the taste is great here. I hope to be able to update this place soon, YUM!
First, service was very good. Our waitress was attentive without being intrusive. We got some fried zucchini as an appetizer. Their version is short sticks, batter-fried. These were quite good, especially with the marina sauce (which tasted quite fresh; just the right amount of basil too). The only suggestion would be to offer some ranch-type dressing as an alternative, but the marinara was so good they can probably get by as-is.
I just had a garden salad, but it was loaded with ingredients. I managed to finish it, but only just. My wife had a salmon dish; she liked the salmon okay, but liked the side dishes (mashed potatoes + asparagus) even more.
The wine selection seemed a bit limited, but the Pinot Grigio I got was good. They just opened, so maybe they are still working out the wines.
I noted that they had a brick oven in the corner of the dinging room and a large stack of firewood on one end of their patio; I meant to ask if that was more decorative or if it was a usable pizza oven.
My only worry is that this location has seen constant turn-over for literally 15+ years. It has probably been at least 3 – 4 iterations of restaurants since we last ate there, but from what we saw Roma at least has a decent chance to break the streak.
I think we’ll be back to try more; I will update the rating once we try some additional dishes. Recommended.