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“Authentic Italian in Burlington”
Review of Salvatore's

Salvatore's
Ranked #54 of 534 Restaurants in Burlington
Price range: US$7 - US$26
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 3, 2016

Previously located on Lakeshore East in Oakville, Salvatore’s moved this year to downtown Burlington. Sure enough it is located on Lakeshore again, facing Spencer Smith Park and the famous Pier. The décor is simple but elegant with white cloth table covers and a small patio a couple of steps above the public sidewalk.
You can smell the good food being cooked in the kitchen as soon as you enter. That is a sign of fresh ingredients being made into dishes , in particular fresh herbs such as basil and rosemary , pillars of Mediterranean cooking for millennia.
The namesake of this establishment is the Chef and Owner. Hard working and always busy, he still finds time to talk to patrons. His staff are professionals, attentive, discreet and efficient, delivering the kind of great service you would expect in Europe.
The food is classic Italian , Antipasti, Primi and Secundi. The choices and quality are excellent. At our visit in September, the Bruschetta was made with fresh tomatoes on a crusty toasted rustic bread and fresh basil, oregano and extra virgin oil, literally melts in the mouth. Then we tried the Caprese Di Bufala Nostrana , again fresh heirloom tomatoes and herbs with Mozzarella Di Bufala topped with house made reductioin of Balsamic vinegar.
The grilled calamari comes in a light sauce made of actual cherry tomatoes, again very tasty. Next was the Buratta cheese with tomatoes, very similar to the Caprese but with more texture and moisture. The way I was looking at it , this was a relaxed late lunch and we were tasting what the end of summer could still give us , remnants of freshness and goodness. Chef Salvatore delivered beautifully.
Now, a few words on the wine list. It is expertly put together and has enough variety to choose from. We zeroed in on a Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano, a wine you can never go wrong with. Complex, nice finish pairs with many dishes the right acidity and flavour.
Browsing through the menu, you could easily find a dish that will strike your fancy, from salads in the antispati or pastas including meatless pasta and finally for carnivores all manners of meats available: veal, beef, chicken and duck.
The main attributes of this place are the quality of the cooking, ingredients and execution and the excellent service. This will fast become an institution with a large following in Burlington and beyond.

Date of visit: September 2016
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1  Thank DonEmilio2013
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Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

As said the calamari was probably some of the best I have tasted.
The service was very good as was the atmosphere.
No trouble recommending this place

Date of visit: October 2016
1  Thank Dan E
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Reviewed September 30, 2016

On Sept.29, 2016 I made reservations for 12 people. I asked that they set up tables so that we were not in a long line. When we arrived they had set up four tables so that we all faced one another on all four sides in a private corner so we were away from the rest of the diners. It made conversation so much easier ..Salvatore's is a beautiful restaurant and the food is excellent. and the presentation was very well done.. Most of us ordered different dinners and really enjoyed their meal. Our server "Sheldon" was fantastic, gave great service and was very knowledgeable about the menu when asked about a certain dish.. I highly recommend Salvatore's and hope they will be here for a long time. The best Italian restaurant in Burlington, and I have been to them all.

Date of visit: September 2016
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1  Thank carterliz9
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Reviewed September 30, 2016

We had a superb dinner at this delightful restaurant. Each dish was carefully prepared, nicely presented and quite delicious. The spaghetti bolognese was hot and perfectly spiced. You have to try the bruschetta. The service was most professional. The restaurant was nicely decorated and arranged in away that a couple could enjoy their time together. We will be back.

Date of visit: September 2016
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1  Thank BenOntarioCANADA
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

Service was terrible and the food was just as bad. Go around the corner if you want good Italian food. ( Di Mario's)

Date of visit: August 2016
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1  Thank June B
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Salvatore G, Manager at Salvatore's, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2016

Thank you!!! We look forward to seeing you again.

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