My all time best review!!.
This is with out a doubt the best review I have ever left for any resturant!! This little place was sensational!!
I had heard of their reputation from a number of people and so my new(!) girlfriend and I decided to give it a try. As we walked up to the building we could smell the incredible aroma of the food from the kitchen and even heard one of the staff members singing in Italian. My GF said, "If it's as good as it smells and sounds, we're in for a treat!" It was!!
It's an old house that was made into an Italian type villa and the first thing that we noticed as we walked in was the decor. Very warm colors and INCREDIBLY ROMANTIC! We were promptly seated with a wonderful table by the fireplace. Exquisite!. The General Manager came over and introduced himself (very impressive) and we were soon served their phenomenal home made bread and tapinade spread. Wonderful and as addictive as we were told it would be. Our server, Fernando, a very handsome waiter who was oh-so-knowledgeable about Ti amo's faire, explained the mouth watering specials. We enjoyed two of the house martinis ( Atomic Swings! Icy blue and oh so tasty!!) and started with a Scampi Sambuca appetizer. Melt in your mouth wonderful. MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH WONDERFUL!! We then shared a Pear Salad which was a delight. Now, on to the main course. The GF had the flat iron Pork special. My choice was Chilean SeaBass on a flaming cedar plank. Both were incredible combinations of flavor. The Sea Bass was as tender as could be and the best fish I have ever had! We shared our meals with each other. A sign that we've hit gold in a restaurant! We were very full but couldn't resist Fernando's description of the Bread Pudding so we (over) indulged and loved it!!! Two complimentary amaretto drinks form the manager at the end of our meal made the perfect cap to this fantastic evening.
This was just an over all wonderful experience from start to finish! We loved the food (who wouldn't?) but as wonderful was everything else that accompanied the meal. The service, the staff, the ambiance. The food is definitely fine dining quality but we felt as though we had come over to someone's house for dinner due to the fact that we were given so much TLC. A very relaxed atmosphere. It was wonderful! The cost factor was EXTREMELY REASONABLE and their wine list had the best prices in Laguna, bar none!! The manager told us that Ti Amo's philosophy is to give the customer an incredible dining experience from start to finish. They did!! AAAAAA+++++
A Mouth Pleasing Delight!!. I'd wanted to try this place for years and finally went in for a birthday dinner with my wife. It was really a wonderful experience! I can be very picky about my Italian cuisine but I must say my palate was constantly stimulated by the food here. We found the staff to be extremely friendly and the waiter even guided me to a less expensive bottle of wine than the one I'd ordered as he felt I'd be happier with it. (I was!) The best word I can think of to describe Ti Amo is " Unique " ! A terrific blend of food, service an atmosphere. I just wish we hadn't waited so ling to go in!!
An Incredible Find!!!. I was going on a first date with a girl I really liked and heard this was the perfect restaurant. It could not have been better! Everyone there was so friendly. The hostesses were nice enough to seat us in a romantic corner when they heard it was a special night. Our waiter (Joe) was very knowlegable and helpful in our wine and dinner selection and the food was OUTSTANDING. We both felt as though we were being spoiled by the very attentive staff. We stayed much longer than we had intended but we were having such a good time that we just didn't want to leave. Very Highly Recommended!! AAAA++++
Even though it is top quality, the prices are quite reasonable..
This is one of those fun neighborhoody type Italian restaurants that is particularly nice for both small and large parties. Even though it is top quality, the prices are quite reasonable.
I think it must be an old house and has five different dining rooms on several levels. Because of that there are many tables that have quite a romantic feel because they seemingly away from the others.
It feels like one of those old romantic neighborhood Italian places rather than modern trendy type joint. You have to determine what works for you.
Overpriced, Average food, Poor Service.
I took my date and a couple friends to dinner last Friday (9/19/08) around 9:30pm. My date and I ordered the recommended house specials; Sea Bass & Ribeye, both of which were average at best. My date commented to the waiter that the meat was "fatty", he just smiled and apologized. I've had better fish & steak dishes at restaurant chains for half the cost. Definitely not worth the $30 & $45 I paid for them. We ordered a bottle of Syrah; my date/ friends were not impressed with the flavor (I'm not a wine drinker). They told me that the bottle of Syrah I'd brought over earlier ($15 @ BevMo) was much better; my date and friends enjoyed a glass of wine before going to dinner.
Valet parking was horrible. I practically parked my own car and had to walk up the incline to the front door. We stayed at the restaurant almost until closing and the valet handed me my car key at the table, then wanted a tip (I refused). When I got in my car, all of the controls had been tampered with and/or turned off. I drive a 2008 Infiniti M45 and the controls are automatic. All the valet needs to do is park the car and set the alarm.
The restaurant had a decent atmosphere but seating was crowded. My party of 4 sat very close to a party of 2 who were clearly on a date and they had no privacy whatsoever. The best thing about the restaurant is the printed menu which is mounted on a hard surface simulating a Mediterranean Stone/Slab. I will not eat at Ti Amo again and would not recommend this restaurant. After paying the $210 bill, I felt cheated.
Amazing food and experience!!. This restaurant was absolutely fantastic in every aspect. My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary and though we were an hour early for our reservation, we were seated promptly. The manager then came and greeted us at our table instantly. He was extremely personable and friendly. We were then greeted by our server not too long after that and descriptively told us about the specials for the day. Before our food came, we were served their famous bread which I'd have to admit was spectacular! I know it's just bread but it was honestly the best bread I've ever had at a restaurant. I had the crab stuffed ravioli and my boyfriend had the linguine with pesto. The ravioli was amazing and the pesto linguine was average. This loved this entire experience. The decor and atmosphere of the restaurant was great and flexible (both romantic and casual). The entire staff down to the bus boy was extremely courteous, professional, and friendly. Excellent restaurant in its entirety, I highly recommend it!!!
Family Celebration. Friendly staff. Location is less than ideal for romantic dining. Very small restaurant. Menu OK with average prices.
A romantic, cozy restaurant.
My husband and I went to Ti Amo to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. We sat out on the balcony area, which was so romantic and secluded. We got to look out and see the wonderful surroundings. The ambience was so romantic and pleasant. And, the service is wonderful. We were never low on wine, bread, anything. Scott took such great care of us, and his recommendations were right on! My husband had the chilean sea bass cooked on a cedar plank with julienne vegetables. The combination was so exquisite. You could taste the smoked flavor from the cedar plank but not too overpowering to take away from the flavor of the sea bass or the vegetables. And, I had the filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes surrounded my a portobello mushroom sauce, which was so amazing. The Manager, Scott, even came out to make sure we were doing well and to wish us a happy anniversary. They then brought us a little dessert to help celebrate the occasion.
The entire evening was an absolute delight. We have definitely found the place we would love to celebrate our special occasions. I would recommend this place to everyone looking for a romantic and cozy evening with great service.
So small and cold.... I was underimpressed by TiAmo. First, we had difficulty navigating to our table due to the cramped tables and chairs. Our small dinner party was unable to have a conversation because the other guests were so loud, and the tables were so very close together. I was struck by someone's chair while trying to walk to the restroom. To top it off, a patron must enter a small hall that connects to the kitchen, while you wait for your turn in the single man/woman restroom, there is literally nowhere to stand that you aren't getting stepped on and bumped by multiple peole going in and out of the kitchen. The floors are very uneven, sloped and slippery. Other tables had lighted candles while we sat by the front section which was drafty and cold. No candles, very little ambiance. All in all, a disappointment.
Ask for Joseph when making your reservation.... My name IS in fact Joseph Giraudo I am an executive server at Ti Amo. I personally would like to invite you to spend an evening with us that will create life long memories. All of our servers at Ti Amo have had at least 5 years experience in fine dinning ensuring superb service. I personally have been in the restaurant industry for nearly 10 years now working with noteworthy restaurants such as the four star Joseph's Citarella in Rockerfeller Center in wonderful Manhattan, NY. I am also credited with 2 years as acting sommelier at 4 star Restaurant in Hamilton, NJ. With extensive knowledge of our wines listed (and some that are not) and secrets from the kitchen I can guarantee a more personalized experience for you and your guest(s)... and hey I might even through in a "freebie" here and there. Please come join us soon. And don't forget to ask for Joseph as your server... SEE YOU THEN!!!!
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