Located on Sherman Dr. in Downtown Royal Oak, MI is D’Amato’s Italian restaurant. D’Amato’s is dishing out authentic Italian classics including pasta, pizza, entrees, and charcuterie (meat board). D’Amato’s also offers daily specials including dinner and drink specials. They offer a full bar including craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Josh and I came here to celebrate my new position. See how they ranked.
Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites
Service: 4 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (menu and drinks)
The bread was really tasty: Fresh, buttery, and warm. The balsamic dipping oil was good, but the first time I think we added a little too much balsamic because it was strong. Next time, I won’t let Josh do the pouring (wink, wink).
Moscow Mule (Blueberry): House Blueberry Infused Vodka, Ginger Beer and Fresh Lemon Juice. The blueberry added a nice brightness to this classic cocktail. It was refreshing and light, but I was definitely feeling buzzed off just one! Ha.
Minestrone Soup: Traditional Italian vegetable soup with pasta and beans. Nice hearty soup with a rich broth. Minestrone is Josh’s favorite and he always orders it when we get Italian. This was one of the better minestrone’s I’ve had.
Italian Chili: This was the soup of the day. It was rich, hearty, with a little spice. If I remember correctly, it had pieces of short rib in it which made it extra decadent. The onion straws and sour cream on top added a little extra.
Beef Short Rib & Butternut Squash Pasta: Tender, beef short rib meat, piled on top of fettucine in a butternut squash sauce. This was the special recommended by our service so I went with it. It was amazing! The butternut squash was sweet and creamy. The beef was so tender that it melted in my mouth. If given the opportunity, order this dish!
Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells: Spinach stuffed shells covered with a rich Alfredo sauce. The sauce was creamy and delicious. The stuffed shells were good, but the spinach to cheese ratio was off. I would have liked more cheese and a little less spinach.
The service was good and I really liked the feel of the dining room. There was enough natural light to brighten things up, but at night, D’Amato’s has a sort of sexy ambience. The upscale Italian restaurant shares the space with it’s neighbor, Goodnight Gracie Martini bar. At night, this bar doubles as a club, with live entertainment, dancing, DJ’s, and even Jazz music. D’Amato’s has what seems like a never ending Whiskey menu. They are offering bourbon, scotch, Irish whiskey, Rye, you name it! I thought this was really impressive for an Italian restaurant. The food was pretty good and the prices are pretty reasonable. You can’t beat $5 Cosmo’s and half off pizza/pasta for the ladies on Friday nights. D’Amato’s also offers brunch including bottomless Mimosa’s and a Bloody Mary bar. If you haven’t tried D’Amato’s, stop in and try out the Prime Rib!