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    I brought twice this week people to Anna-Maria and I heard good comments about the food, the service and the price.

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    4 of us went to Anna Maria's on Friday evening. Taste was good / authentic, portion size was fine, service was as expected (expectations were set up front - slow . . . the entire pace of the service was just awkward though. . . ), the ambience was nice (they have a really nice house / backyard), but the pricing was very expensive for what you get.

    Anna Maria and Christian are trying to make a go of something here and it could work out with a few improvements - they are very accommodating but make a reservation - they don;t take walk-ins.

    My suggestions for improvements would be:
    - the markup on the wine is ridiculous - you can but a bottle of Castella del Diablo at Lings for about AWG 14.00 . . . the same bottle was over USD $40there
    - featuring some moderately priced Italian wines (they are an Italian restaurant after all) would be a good idea
    - the main course should come with some steamed / grilled vegetables at the very least for what you pay for a main - it was simply the main course with nothing else . . . everything is a la carte - so likely the most expensive meal around all in
    - a caution when they say everything is "made to order from scratch" - I think boiling pasta to order is pretty much standard in any Italian restaurant worth visiting. Their noodles are store bought, not homemade from scratch - although this would set them apart . . . the lasagna and dishes that are made in larger sizes are not made to order . . .which is fine and expected - you can't make a lasagna for one from scratch each time :-)

    All in all, I would give them a 7/10 - it would be lower if it weren't for the authentic flavours in their food. I hope they do take some of the suggestions above. We'll try it again and hope to see some improvements.

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    Can you give an idea of prices for entrees and such?

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    Smile One can never please everyone!

    I usually don't reply to comments like the last one posted but I think it's necessary to clarify for other viewers to have a fare and honest expectation as for what to expect.
    This is not your typical commercial restaurant where most of the meals if not all are cooked early during the morning hours and than put into the convectional oven when ordered. We cook to order - EVERYTHING - with exception of our soups! We invite anyone to come into our kitchen when preparing their meal to witness that we stand behind what we promote.
    Here you will experience real Southern Italian cuisine cooked to order by Anna-Maria and Chris. If you've ever been to Italy and have experienced a small family owned restaurant, you will know & understand that in order to eat at the level we prepare all of our dishes, it takes a bit longer then heating a meal in the microwave or driving through McDonald's. If you have no patients and don't expect the very best, than we suggest you make a stop elsewhere!
    Here we're not interested in turnover, instead we want you to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere - no rush - fresh - cooked to order ambiance with your friends and family.
    As for the pastas, we do make some of the pastas, like ravioli's and gnocchi's, all other pastas are brought in directly from Italy.
    Veggies as part of your main dishes is not impossible (all one has to do is ask) however there are meals you can & there are other's you just can't add vegetables to - it doesn't make a match! Imagine a spaghetti Bolognese or a linguinni frutti di Mare with vegetables? and so are many others...
    As for our marked up wines, one can buy anything anywhere at any price their budget permits. It's a deferent ball game when you're running a business, or else why go out?! You could buy most of the ingredients yourself (or just bring them from home where everything is cheaper, especially in Canada, hey!) cook it yourself and save all in all, again especially if you're on a budget. Our wine bottles are comparable if not cheaper to any other Italian on the island guarantee!
    Anna-Maria and Chris are not trying to make a go of anything, we've put our name out there thanks to the freshness of all of our ingredients, the passion we have in what we enjoy doing and the know how, especially to the all so many costumers that were here and had nothing else to say than positive comments ( some even suggested we raise our prices for the quality of the food and the ambiance we offer)!
    Last, with all due respect to everyone, you don't have to return if you were unhappy, there are many other good restaurants on the Island and why would I change a winning horse if 99% of our clients are repeat customers and are all 101% satisfied with everything?!
    Buon Apetito e buona fortuna to everyone!

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    Please don't change a single thing Chris. We loved our evening with you, Anna-Marie and Dave. We will see you again our next trip.
    Aruba where the toughest question each day is "where to dine tonight".



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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Can you give an idea of prices for entrees and such?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdoll View Post
    Please don't change a single thing Chris. We loved our evening with you, Anna-Marie and Dave. We will see you again our next trip.
    Ditto Chris. Though Anna Maria had a day off, Charlie and I both enjoyed the ambiance, dinner and visiting with you and David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    1-Glass of wine, 1-appetizer, 2-entrees, 2-coffees and 1-dessert; total bill $85 plus tip

    Entrees alone were low $20 range
    Aruba where the toughest question each day is "where to dine tonight".



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    Quote Originally Posted by jdoll View Post
    1-Glass of wine, 1-appetizer, 2-entrees, 2-coffees and 1-dessert; total bill $85 plus tip

    Entrees alone were low $20 range
    THANK YOU. Just did not want to be embarrassed and walk in only to find that entrees were$40+

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    I look forward to going to Anna-Marie restaurant and I have had a lot of emails with them and they seem so accomodating.

    Having said that, anyone who has read about the restaurant understands that the pace is slower. Which is a nice contrast to many places that rush you out the door.

    As far as wine prices, all restaurants mark up wine (most quite a bit). Of course you can always find it cheaper in the store. Show me a restaurant that charges what the wine costs in the store?? Some restaurants will allow you to bring your own wine but charge a corkage fee, some would find that outrageous.

    With respect to prices, anyone who frequents Aruba knows that restaurant prices are generally not cheap. Considering that all the food items are imported one could imagine that they could be even more costly.

    Common comments is that Aruba's Italian restaurants are not amazing. Good but nothing to rave about. I do look forward to Anna-Maria and am hoping this will be an Italian restaurant to rave about!
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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