We visited Cinema Paradiso last week after doing some research about good restaurants in the area. It had great reviews so we decided to check it out...i was away for a long weekend with friends! I've been to Amsterdam a number of times and have never been able to find a restaurant that has good food, good drinks, a nice ambiance, good location and everything else you want on an evening out...until we found CP! My mother is Italian so i'm always nervous about dining out at Italian because it's hard to beat my nonna's cooking but CP exceeded all of my expectations! We were greeted on arrival by a friendly, bubbly waiter (i think he was the manager) who seated us straight away. We were blown away by the decor and stunning chandelier center piece. The restaurant was pretty full and it had a really romantic but buzzy ambiance with great music and a film playing which was a great touch! We started and finished the night with some well made cocktails and were given some great wine recommendations by the waiter to accompany our food. We all had starter, mains and desserts and loved every mouthful...it tasted like authentic Italian food....just as my Nonna (grandma in Italian) makes! The service was great; we didn't have to wait long for food and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We loved it so much we went back for our last night and again wasn't disappointed. I would recommend CP to friends, couples and families for a great night out! P.s. don't forget to try to the Sgroppino...it's divine!
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