Anna-Maria's Autentico Ristorante Italiano

7,4 based on 34 reviews
Cuisine(s):
Italian
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  • Casual Dining
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Dinner
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Restaurant Information

Anna-Maria's Autentico Ristorante Italiano

Kamay25
Aruba
Tel: +(297) - 586 2833
Opening Hours:
Daily 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Closed on Sunday
Anna-Maria's Autentico Ristorante Italiano
Anna-Maria and Christian started their Ristorante for the love they both have for exquisite fine dining, their passion for cooking, and the fun of entertaining.

It all started by inviting some of Chris’ guests over for dinner after long hours at work in the sales force at a well known Brand resort on the island. After dining, these guests would encourage Anna-Maria and Chris to open their doors to the public, giving everyone the opportunity to taste their delicious recipes.
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Best Italian restauraunt in Aruba -- bar none

Oct 13, 2012 - posted by
My wife and I have been to Aruba 19 times, and have eaten at several Italian restauraunts. We dined at this restauraunt on October 3. We shared the Fried calamari appetizer, which was the best calamari we have ever had anywhere. The frutti di mare was fresh, the sauce was light and delicate. You can choose how spicey to have your sauce on a scale of 1 to 10. My wife hadp enne alla vodka, which was also delicious. The service was slow but impecable. You cannot be in a hurry when you eat at this restauraunt. It is a bit expensive, but well worth it.
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Average Food/Horrible Service

Sep 26, 2012 - posted by
My friend and I ate here a few nights ago and were extremely disappointed. This restaurant is in someone's house and there is no sign at all so you have no idea where it is. We finally found it and we're greeted by a server who did not smile or greet us. We sat in the yard where there are apporximately 8 tables. Our server barely talked, smiled or read any specials. We shared the calamari and shrimp appetizers and they were bland and somewhat undercooked. My friend had the spaghetti puttanesca which he said was good. I had the spaghetti carbonara and if you're Italian like me you should know how this is supposed to taste. There were fresh pieces of bacon in it which were good but a very peppery taste to it. In fact, there was a dark watery residue at the bottom from all the pepper. This is not how carbonara is supposed to taste. We also shared a side order of meatballs and they weren't even round, more like little hockey pucks and the sauce there were in tasted like a can of Hunts tomato sauce. The best part of the meal was dessert which was a cannoli. I left a similar review on Tripadvisor and was absolutely floored at the nasty, unprofessional message that the owner left me. He was so rude that he shouldn't even be in a business that deals with people. If you don't like his food, he leaves nasty messages. I wouldn't return to this place because of the people that work here and of course since the food is NOTHING to write home about.
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Mar 18, 2012 - posted by
We heard about ANNA MARIA'S last year - a little too late to take it in - but what we heard was all favorable and, though we normally like to wait a while to let a restaurant go through any start up issues, the comments we were hearing were so favorable as to entice us into going sooner than later. A new trend in Aruban dining is that of private casual dining and it is fair to say that ANNA MARIA'S is part of that trend. What that entails are small restaurants which accommodate no more than 30 (and sometimes no more than 20) patrons each day that they open and they do so in exquisite settings and with the finest of food and ambiance - some with fixed menues and some without - and some with themes and others without. ANNA MARIA'S to no ones' surprise is ITALIAN themed and it does not have a fixed menu. From the moment you arrive at ANNA MARIA'S home which has had the rear portico converted into a most quaint dining area you feel as if you have been whisked off to ITALY and are treated a visiting royalty. Service is deliberately slow and impeccable (do not plan on rushing your meal or having it rushed - you will be there for a while), the ambiance is sublime, and the made-to-order, homemade food is simply delicious. This is one classy operation and the experience is truly an enjoyable one - maybe eating on a gondola in Venice might be more original - but this comes so close that you do not even notice the difference. The foods are authentic Italian and the sauces are made of the finest ingredients (the sweetness of the San Marzano tomatoes came through wonderfully in the tomato sauces). Some dishes may not appeal to everyone, but there is something for everyone on the menu - including children. All-in-all, it is a wonderful dining experience which is leisurely presented and enjoyed - even more so when the evening is concluded and the chef makes the rounds to be sure that you are satisfied. There is no question in our mind that ANNA MARIA'S is by far the best Italian eatery in Aruba and that it leaves all others far in the dust. It is about time that Aruba had an Italian restaurant of this calilbre and it is a welcome addition to the Aruban dining scene. Do yourself a favor - GO and ENJOY. This place deserves every compliment that one can imagine.
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Mar 14, 2012 - posted by
A very good meal at Anna Maria was had by all. Had heard good things about this restaurant but were told to be patient because everything was made fresh to order, and therefore dinner service was long. We went with a group of 12 which had us concerned as to whether this small restaurant could handle such a crowd. There was not a problem. The owners, who run the place and are the chefs, made sure not to take a lot of reservations at the same time our group was dining, so as to give us the proper attention and service.
The restaurant itself is out of the way, in the backyard of the owner's home. It is nicely decorated and a comfortable setting for dinner.
As for the food, it was basic and delicious. It is true that everything was made fresh to order, and the freshness was noticable. Flavors do not compete with each other and each ingredient stands out. Several of our group had a wonderful paella that had to be ordered in advance at the time of our reservation. They said it rivaled any paella they had in Spain. The crepe stuffed with ricotta and spinich topped with a sweet tomato sauce was incredible.(Note: the tomato sauce used on all the dishes was very sweet...unusual/different than what we are use to in the Northeast US). All pastas were liked except that the vodka sauce tasted a little like tomato soup. Fish dishes were well prepared.
Overall, a different, very good experience that is worth trying.
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