Had a excellent meal, But a little on the pricey side...
Authentic and AmaZing Italian!.
My sister and I recently dined at Donatello for the first time and were wowed by everything! I had heard of Donatello's and passed it many times on Dale Mabry but never thought to stop. So glad we did. Started with a bottle of Amarone- best one i've ever had..and a caprese salad. Sis ordered Petto Di Pollo Donatello
(a chicken, artichoke and mushroom dish with the most flavorful sauce on top) I went with a waiter's suggestion~a chef's special, grilled shrimp and scallops with sauteed garlic and spinanch with another phenomenal sauce on top! Speaking of waiter's, Carmello was extremely attentive and charming. We recieved incredible service by the entire staff without the stuffiness that usually comes with this level of service. We followed our entrees with homemade tiramisu and mudslides on the rocks. I was so impressed! We also learned they have private dining and look forward to coming back with a large party! On our way out, one of the owners shook our hands and we left with the goregeous pink roses that graced our table. Thank you Donatello! We'll be back! Ciao!
Outstanding Italian Fine Dining. You can always count on Donatello when you're celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a special meal. The food is outstanding and authentic, the service is impeccable, making for an excellent dining experience.
Great Venue, Amazing food, Excellent Host!. Donatello’s is such a great venue to have either a romantic dinner with that special someone or have a 40 people successful dinner like the one we just had. Many thanks to all that participated in this event, service was good, food was amazing… thank you again!
Fantastic Dinner with First Class Service!. We recently had another great dinner at the legendary Donatello. This continues to be a great place for anniversary's, special occasions or nice romantic dinner for two. Don't miss the lounge featuring live jazz and blues music! This has been one of Tampa's best local restaurants for many years and continues to be first class!
A best restaurants of Italy. I came to Tampa to visit. I am Italian, a friend told me to go to Donatello. I am happy I followed her advice because at Donatello the food you eat is as good as you can eat in the best restaurants of Italy. I had agnolotti, hand made pasta with spinach stuffing, and you could taste the texture the pasta has when it is really hand made, not from some packages. My husband ate ossobuco and he was really happy with it. I t was served with risotto zafferano and it was juicy and tender and tasty. We loved the napoleon cake and the cream brule with rasberries. Our waiter was corteous and efficient, kind and professional. The gentleman at the door a very good host. I'll be back.
Great host. We have been eating to Donatellos everytime we vocation in Florida. This year experience was very dissapointing. The waiter appeared annoyed that we did not order an appetizer. When my husband declined the wine list the waiter asked him if he suffered from Hepatitic C? We could not believe our ears and asked each other if we heard him correctly. Than the waiter would not even come to our table and completely ignored us for the rest of the evening talking nonsense with customers next to us. Very dissapointing.
Ruined a Birthday Party. Five couples went to celebrate a birthday. We had to wait forever for service. Food and drinks were finally delivered at the same time. Tiny portions -- sushi thin prime rib, pasta with marinara sauce was dry (for $23 and no salad even included). Because it was a birthday, one slice of cake was delivered to each couple (didn't even ask if we wanted it!) then charged $12.00 per slice! Had to wait forever for the bill. One of the worst dining experiences in my life!
I went there believing in the authentic northern italian sign and was sooo disappointed with pretty much everything. It looks like a ruined set from a frank sinatra movie.. outdated, not even clean, the food was below average and the prices make no sense at all. We were 2 people and paid almost $100 for not even dessert or coffee, not even appetizers and just 2 glasses of wine.
I am half italian and lived and travelled in many places in the world to be fooled that easily!! the highlight of the night was the owner (whom I believe is the one that greets you after you come in and when you leave) eating people's food while he was serving it next to the dessert station they have over there!! He did it more than once!!! such a joke this place... if you know how to eat well or know real good italian food don't even go to or try this place, you will feel robbed!!
I worked for the Tampa Marriott Westshore and I drove one of guests who was a Master Chef (not too commen) to Donatello's. He said it was the best Northern Italian cuisine he ever had. In fact, he liked it so much that he went back the next night.
Unimpressed--not very good, horrifically overpriced.
I really wanted to like Donatello; however, the combination of good-but-not-above-average food and the astronomical prices charged for it dragged it down.
I'd like to think that I'm familiar with good Italian food, and have had my fair share of it, some of the best of it in the Tampa area (try Casa Ludovico in Palm Harbor). The food at Donatello was good, I can't deny that--but it wasn't great. I had the fried mozzarella appetizer and the spaghetti carbonara the night I went. The mozzarella tasted and looked like it came out of a freezer--it had that distinct chewiness and melting pattern that only comes from processed cheese. Real mozzarella doesn't melt like that. The carbonara was good, and the pasta perfectly cooked, which I have to commend, but it was oversauced, used bacon instead of pancetta (and not very good bacon either, astonishing for a restaurant that claims to be authentic, even moreso given the prices), and cost $28 for a rather small portion. We had the tiramisu for dessert, which was a dense, soggy mess, nothing like the light (in texture, not in calories!) and delectable dessert that it should be.
Furthermore, I got the impression that it was the kind of placed that charged a lot because they thought the could--a see and be seen kind of place, not a place that had high prices because the food deserved it.
I also found the setting dingy and depressing, with everything looking like it was 20 years old and hadn't been cared for at all.
Service was, however, impeccable, I have to grant them that.
Overall, I came away with a very bad feeling from the place. I won't be going back, and feel like I wasted an evening in having gone there. Not to mention $70 for a small, average-tasting meal.
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