Due to their different nature, 3 categories have been called to life: (1) trattoria's, (2) great restaurants and (3) fine dining.
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Amongst Amsterdammers, Toscanini is regarded as ‘the best’. Indeed, the food and service are favolosi. Despite the large space, the restaurant is always fully-booked. If you are too late with reserving a table, try De Koevoet (very small, so also reserve) or Vasso, which usually has a table vacant.
If you are looking for a higher, more exclusive level of dining, Incanto or Pianeta Terra are our favourites.
Category 1: Frill-free neighbourhood restaurants: Trattoria’s
Trattoria Toto - approved by my Italian in-laws, which should say enough.
Trattoria Toto, Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 12, Oud-West, Amsterdam. T. 683 0028
Assaggi (photo left)- good Italian food and reasonably priced.
Assaggi, Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat 6, Jordaan, Amsterdam T. 420 5589
Sa Seada - lovely fish platters and other dishes from the South of Italy.
Sa Seada, Eerste Oosterkerkstraat 3-5, Oost, Amsterdam, T. 663 3276
YamYam - correctly names itself “Trattoria Pizzeria “ because besides wood-oven pizza’s (read about best pizza's in Amsterdam), they also serve authentic Italian food Trattoria-style. Trattoria Pizzeria YamYam, Hendrikstraat 88-90. Oud-West, Amsterdam. T. 681 5097
Category 2: Idyllic Italian ristorante
Caffe Toscanini (photo left)- reserve a table and enjoy the experience!
Caffe Toscanini, Lindengracht 75, Jordaan, Amsterdam. T. 6232813
Restaurant De Koevoet - tiny ‘living room’-sized restaurants. Devine fresh pasta. The real deal.
Restaurant De Koevoet, Lindenstraat 17, Jordaan, Amsterdam.
Restaurant De Italiaan - Intimate, gezellig and fab dining. Read Amsterdam Foodie’s review. Restaurant De Italiaan, Bosboom Toussaintstraat 29, Oud-West, Amsterdam. T. 683 6854.
Ristorante Vasso - An fairly secret gem of an Italian restaurant. Enjoy the grappa!
Ristorante Vasso, Rozenboomsteeg 10-14, sidestreet Spui, Amsterdam. T. 626 0158
Ciro Passami l’Olio (photo right)- Only dined here once (spaghetti vongole, half a lobster) and it was very impressive. Great use of authentic Italian ingredients. May be this restaurant should be upgraded to the group ‘fine dining’ category? Ciro Passami l’Olio, Tweede Helmersstraat 3, Oud-West, Amsterdam. T. 06 15 699 649
[Casa di David - praised by locals & expats, but the Italians I know do not recommend it at all.]
Category 3: Fine Dining a la Cucina Italiana
Pianeta Terra (photo left) - Intimate, stylish restaurant serving Italian food at the highest level. Pianeta Terra, Beulingstraat 7, Centre Koningsplein, Amsterdam. T. 626 1912
Restaurant Incanto (photo at the top of this post)- Beautiful views over Muntplein or the Amstel river plus beautiful Italian wines and decently priced plus beautiful food of the greatest quality. Can’t remember whether the staff was beautiful, too, but love goes through one's belly, right?! Restaurant Incanto, Amstel 2, Centre Muntplein, Amsterdam. T. 423 3681
Quattro Gatti - Amsterdam hot spot and, consequently, rather busy. Quality of dishes served is well worth the (long) wait. Quattro Gatti, Hartenstraat 3HS, 9 Straatjes (little streets) Amsterdam. T. 421 4585
Bussia (photo right) - Excellent dining and recommended by several Gourmet-die-hards. Pay for quality not quantity. Bussia, Reestraat 28-30. 9 Straatjes (little streets), Amsterdam, T. 627 8794
Roberto's (photo below) - Excellent Italian dining in a formal setting.
Roberto’s, Hilton Amsterdam, Apollolaan 138, Oud-Zuid, Amsterdam. T. 710 6025
[Segugio - praised by locals, yet seen as overrated and overpriced by Italians living in Amsterdam].