Rizotto Ristorante

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$30 and under
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Italian
"Since opening in 2012 Rizotto Italian Eatery in Amherst has truly become local entrepreneur Michael Rizzo’s signature restaurant. Rizzo’s fifth restaurant in Western New York offers an casual dining experience with a menu that features a wide array of items including fresh seafood dishes, fine cuts of beef and traditional Italian pasta. A trendy Antipasto bar offers the perfect prelude to any meal. Guests can choose from a variety of items including roasted and grilled vegetables, specialty meats and cheeses, and several hot items such as homemade sausage, meatballs.


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DA
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere

D
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been there for Thursdays and had a marvelous time with the special on that day. On Saturday we had a 6:15 reservation and were served our meal at 7:50. They had a large party which they had to accommodate and we were served complimentary cocktails because of the wait but waiting that long soured our dining experience and it was embarrassing to have out of town guests waiting so long.

BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is reasonably priced and of hearty portion. We come to hear the band on second Friday of every month. $20 bottle of wine is a bargain!

J
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. Though the service left room for improvement. Our server was helpful though we waited a long time before she approached our table and waited even longer for our food

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff. Loved the selection of antipasto that came with entree. Good food without having to break the bank.

KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful as usual .. but the singer Dave stayner was over the top!!!

RT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food, I could not say enough about it. Many choices and my bucatini parmesean was phenomenal. I just wish the service was better- my table's drinks never once got refilled and waiter was never around to check on us. Seemed like staffing was not appropriate or they just didn't have good manner.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My second time here and I will be back again. Food was fantastic - great variety. Service was excellent.
Came home with leftovers because the portions are quite sizeable. Excellent dining experience!

JS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very dissatisfied with the service and quality of food and presentation

T
10 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good as well as value. Service was very slow about 1 1/3 hours after we arrived and ordered. Made to feel welcome by staff.

KL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect!! As usual.. can’t say enough about this restaurant

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We sat outside on the patio (beautiful night). Rick was our server. Everything was delightful. We'll be back soon.

WV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is very good Italian food. The service is good, and the restaurant is very pleasant. I will go again.
Thank you

M
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

My father and I ordered your seafood pasta dish and several of our claims and mussels were closed. The Waiter did bring extras for my father from the kitchen however, he proceeded to tell us they were good to eat and not seafood gone bad. Well, I disagree with that and also, was he willing to sit there and pry them open for us? We certainly were not going to go through that hassle. I am not happy that those were even served to us, shame on the Chef or whoever not checking quality. It ruined my father's appetite and our dining experience. I hope this feedback improves your food quality and service, thank you.

TH
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We made the reservation not knowing it was Graduation weekend from local colleges. The service was longer than usual but we were kept informed throughout -- and the food did not suffer - It was excellent - more time to talk with our guests

DG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. We chose this restaurant due to recommendation of a friend who was here restaurant week. Despite the fact there were several graduation celebrations going on this night, it was not loud. We were able to have a nice conversation & enjoy our meal. The service was perfect, not all in our face, but just enough information & inquiring. The food...OUTSTANDING! I had the shrimp & scallops, my friend had lasagna. The seafood was cooked perfectly. Just enough, very large pieces on top of asparagus rizzoto that was also cooked perfectly. The lasagna was enough for the next day as well and cooked perfect & cheesy. Antipasto was the perfect appetizer. However, I did see some other wonderful looking appetizers at other tables that I would try another time.
I highly recommend. Will definitely be back to try more!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

We went on Mother’s Day. A wait was expected once we were seated. Our waitress Never came over for almost 25 minutes. The host came over apologized to us and brought water. When our “waitress” finally came over almost 45 mins later. She never introduced herself to us and seemed highly annoyed. We placed all of our order drinks, apps and entree’s all at once. My mother wanted to substitute Risotto for macaroni. She was told they did not have parm risotto. I said yes it’s the side with my entree. I was told very nasty no it’s not. I said ok whatever. My boyfriend says it is on the menu. She then says well if they can it’s a extra charge. I said that’s fine. She walked away not very happy with us. Another 30 mins passed and my mom asked if our apps were coming out. The waitress said yea in a few. Brought over a bread basket with 3 Slices of bread and 3 butters thrown in. A chef actually came to our table and apologized for the wait. We said it’s fine. We weren’t all that worried with the time, it was absolutely the attitude We received. At one point I had a empty wine and water glass. She had a pitcher of water right in her hand, looked directly at me and walked away. My boyfriend ordered a beer and was brought a glass. The disgusting part of it was instead of using a tray she had the glass tucked under her armpit. If my boyfriend didn’t see that as well and attempted to use the glass. I would of slapped it out of his hand. When then proceeded to wait another 30 mins for our food. My mom politely asked if our apps would be coming out soon and she was again given attitude. At one point the Chef came to our table, he was so nice and apologized for the delay. We understood the delay. But the actions of the waitress just were down right offensive. Finally our food came it was delicious as expected. We have been to this restaurant many times and always had a great experience. We took a few bites and basically just wanted to leave. We asked for boxes and received them.

MR
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was perfect. But $28 for a buffet seemed not worth it. It was mothers day, I understand the price increase.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Mothers Day brunch, everything was perfect!

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Mother’s day brunch...service lacked. Waited forever for drinks and on 2 of them had to ask 3 times for them... and these were just the 1st order. Only came back over to ask for refills once brunch was over. And only gave water to 1 person and no refills. Food was ok for a buffet, some items luke warm. Not worth the value. This is my 3rd time there for various occasions...think I am done trying.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every year for Mother's Day brunch. We come here other times too, but this was specifically for brunch. Always plenty of really good food; not overly mobbed, good selection; always great service. Kudos Jennifer our server today!

AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is of good quality and value. We started with drinks at the bar and the bartender was very friendly and helpful in choosing a specialty cocktail. The hostess checked with us about seating us for dinner but did not rush us. Our server admitted it was her first night (!) but she had the menu details down pat and was very attentive without being annoying. Good job!
The "pick a pair" antipasto offerings that come with each entree are all delicious. We tried the farro and veggies, marinated mushrooms, roasted squash with cranberries, and caprese salad. Our entrees were chicken parm and butternut squash ravioli with sage cream sauce. Both were yummy. We will probably be back for the Wednesday night chicken parm special. We stayed to listen to the live music after dinner in an intimate setting. They host many live music nights.

LL
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so good,the menu was a lot bigger then what was on the website. The music was wonderful,the trio is called Dozo my lady and it was a nice touch to a wonderful night. I highly recommend Risottos.

RR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful time, our server was very attentive and brought us limoncellos after dinner. We came to hear Dozo my Lady and they did not disappoint. Bring them back again and the 10 of us will come again.

MH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal.

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CC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The steak was DELICIOUS, service was a little off and the waiter didn't bring our limoncello after the meal which is always the extra added touch. His name was Nick and he seemed to have too many tables to service but was still good. The desserts are home made and the butterfinger cheesecake is EXCELLENT. Can't wait for Wednesday nights on the patio. The prices are very reasonable and we love the place. Always an enjoyable evening........

KB
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went with family for a nice Easter meal. Above average cost

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I've been here twice for restaurant week and the food was fantastic. Unfortunately the Easter brunch was very disappointing. Every single thing we tried was cold, some to the point of being inedible. The quality of food was not the same as my prior meals, this tasted mass produced and under seasoned. The service was average, but I was honestly not happy to see the gratuity added automatically to my bill. With groups I understand, but we we two people. I would probably go back in hopes that dinner would be as good as before, but I would never do brunch again.

CO
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Easter brunch was outstanding with numerous selection.

SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. There was a nice variety for the appetizer, entree and dessert. We also got a complimentary limoncello after dinner. My only complaint was that service was kind of slow (I don't think it was the waitress, but perhaps the kitchen). This would not prevent me from going back. It was the final day of Restaurant Week and I think they may have been a bit short-staffed and had several very busy days prior to Sunday.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend. Went during restaurant week and was a great experience.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and superb meal, well worth the trip

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Everyone was very nice and food good but the service was extremely slow. From the time we sat down and waited for a server( tables that were seated after us were served before us) the wait times in between meals was long. Came to dinner at 4:30 and we didn’t leave until after 6. The sad thing was it wasn’t just us, it also other people in the restaurant ( heard many complaints) not sure if under staffed or how tables were distributed contributed to this.

TK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Orchard Park and it def worth the drive to tbe Northtowns. Great staff, even better food!!

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Busy because of restaurant week, But our Waiter handled things well! Would definitely go back and we have been there in the past. Three years ago we had a baby shower there and it was excellent.

MD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Experience almost identical to that of other restaurants in this “chain” which shouldn’t be surprising. Food is average at best, service & mgmt very disorganized. Ambiance fair to poor of an atmosphere not well thought through. We won’t go back.

AT
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

If the waiter can be nice give the spoon knife fork for us
I will give 5 for here

AS
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was Derek. He was awesome. It was restaurant week so it was busy. Limited parking. Food was good. Price for meal was exceptional.

DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Horribly long wait to be seated even with a reservation. Waited 15 minutes to even be greeted or given a menu. Waited an hour and a half for food.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We went to Rizotto during restaurant week, so i understand it was busy. But the service was not very good. It took us about a half an hour to get our bottle of wine to the table and when it was time for our dessert our server said "oh i straight up forgot about you." It was funny however the person that was waiting on that dessert waited about 20 mins. The food was so delicious and because of that we will for sure be back!

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