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    Aruba and Italian food just don't seem to mix.... but after that review I may give it a try. Isn't everyone from NJ?
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    i grew up in nutley nj and i now live in knowlton right outside of blairstown. we have a small farm and love it out here. anyone else? where are you all from?

    as far as la dolce vita....it kinda scared us....i was really looking foward to going there from the menu....sign wasnt lit...there were lights on but no cars and it looked desserted. i figure empty at 9 pm on a saturday night....see-ya!!!

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    Gianni's

    Had diner at Gianni's last Nov,they didn't serve us the wine we ordered,they gave us something else and tried to tell us that was what we had ordered,to make a long story short,they were out of the one we wanted,but didn't have the courtesy to tell us and ask if we would like something different.Will not go back.
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    i love riding in the rain
    sometimes i am lucky enough to ride in the outside paddock but usually get stuck in the indoor ring

    i am sorry that your vacation is over :-(

    maybe you could buy laponderosa
    and hire me to take tours out
    my husband will gladly muck

    and we could all move to aruba..

    Quote Originally Posted by nikko View Post
    andrea---i am home now---that review was from mid week----last week...

    i spent everyday at the beach and loved it!!! it was fantastic. we loved it and are allready trying to figure out how to move there!!! i can honestly say that other than the mis up at dinner the first night our vacation was perfect....we had no issues or problems. we did have almost one full day of rain...that was the day i went riding...i actually appreciated the rain, i think the horses did also! hubby and son were shopping that day so it wasnt bad...cleared up late afternoon so we went to the pool.

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    i'm in....lol i felt so at home at the ranch..lol

    told hubby i would move there in a minute and open a ranch! glad your hubby will muck...mine wont!!!lol

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    If you like Gianni's, try Hostaria di Vittoria - across from the Hyatt, through the parking lot (past Aqua Grill).

    I'm a long time fan of Hostaria and tried Gianni's for the first time this summer...Hostaria was the winner for me!

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    Thanks for the report. Glad you liked OMATS. We want to try it next week when we are there, but I was getting nervous after reading some of the reviews on this board that were not so good. By the way, we are another family from NJ. We like Sole Mare which happens to have the same owners as Giannis.

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    maybe i was lucky that night...lol, but we really enjoyed it. the service was very good, and as i said they were a waiter short. the only thing, if i had to pick something, was my wine glass got low, not empty, but low and the manager came by and filled it up and we got to talk to him for a bit. he was very nice and didnt seemed frazzled at all.(we didnt know at that point they were a man down)

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    Unhappy Gianni's...what to do about them???

    These were my comments from Feb. 23rd, 2009:

    We love Gianni's and we had a very good dinner, outstanding actually, but they must get their act together and I will actually send them an email as if they don't work out some of their kinks they will be the master of their eventual undoing!
    I called at 5pm to see if we could get a reservation for dinner and were told that we could come at 8:30pm. Although that was a little late since we were up at 5am, we took the reservation. We arrived to see a very long line at the front desk. People were in line for checking in and to see if there was anything available. The problem was that the maitre de was checking in each person and then walking them over to their table, which took up too much time. They should have checked in the people and then passed them off to someone else? There were a few people that said they had reservations but their name was not on the list (I know sometimes people say this to get in) but one man had the reservation email on hand. He was offered an inside table although his reservation had clearly stated outside. People were waiting for tables who had no reservation but how could they possibly know if they had space when they were so behind in seeing who was showing up for their reservations!!
    Of course, when we got to the front of the line they had no record of my reservation, it was know 8:45pm and I was not happy as they told me I was going to have to wait.
    I went over to the manager and explained, politely, the situation and was annoyed by what had just transpired. I told him that and we would have gone elsewhere when we called if they couldn't have accomodated us and gone earlier too. We got a table 5 minutes later.
    Sat down and was greeted by a waiter who was quite knowledable but seemed to be more interested in what was going on at all the tables around him. He forgot to ask us if we wanted any drinks, which we didn't, so no big deal. We were four people and while he was taking our order, he twice looked away and was watching something while we were talking???


    These were my comments about Gianni's that I posted on March 22nd, 2009:

    Went to Gianni's again, actually third time during this trip. I really don't know what to make of them? Food was good but service...
    Arrived ten minutes before my reservation and of course, they didn't have it. That is three reservations and they only had one that I made via email. The other two were made by phone (one by me and the other via the concierge). I don't know if they rarely mark the phone reservations down but it is not a good situation. Many arrive with reservations and have the printed confirmations and they don't have it marked down?? Again, you need to wait as the hostess takes each person directly to their table so the whole process takes so much longer than necessary.
    We were seated outside under the absent front canopy. Noticing that the front canopy was not closed I asked to sit closer in but was refused as the area under the canopy closer to the building but it is reserved for large parties (there were empty areas available). Tables of two must sit at the edge by the sidewalk. After 1/3 of the way through our meal it got very windy and I was cold. Asked if the canopy could be closed over and was told it was broken and then told by someone else that people want to sit outside don't like having the canopy over them??? Broken story more believable. Generally, service was slow but there were lots of people running around doing, well, not really sure!!
    The ambiance is very nice at Gianni's and the food is great but my frustration with this place is rising. I think I may try Azzura next trip. I know it is the same owner but perhaps it is run a little better?? (read in another thread that the old manager is back so I will check that out). I am going to email the owner with my comments eventually.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    italian cuisine/restaurants on the lovely isle of aruba has always been an issue.
    it is too bad of the inconsistencies.
    we do like sole mare, but there is the noise that my husband and i cannot stand............i think it is a cheese grater or some type of machine they use............anyway, to me it sounds like "fingernails on the blackboard".

    so, no sole mare for us.

    the BEST chicken parm i ever had on aruba was believe it or not at the French Steakhouse.
    I am not a fan of steak and usually at any restaurants i order chicken or fish.

    andrea

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