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184 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 19th St.
Tasty dishes, nice atmosphere, reasonable prices
By BlueFlowers81 on 4/22/2012
My husband , 19-year-old vegetarian son, and I wanted to have a wonderful dinner together before going to see one of the films in the Tribeca Film Festival, Donatella was the perfect choice. The wine was delicious, I think it was Piedrosso, Marisa cuomo, 2009I had the goat cheese/artichoke pizza,my son the Margherita pizza, my husband the lasagna, and we shared a side dish of sauteed spinach. For dessert I had the Rainbow cookie, a lovely elegant almond cookie ice cream sandwich, and my husband and son shared the Pistachio Semifreddo. The cappuccinos were perfect. I gave the service an "8" despite the wonderful greeter, and the Chelsea-handsome waiters. It was only because it was so crowded. I have to say they were all furiously attending everyone as fast as they could. The space is also tricky being so long and narrow for them to navigate back and forth from the kitchen. But the seats are very comfortable and I felt we had nice space to enjoy our time and conversation together. We were in the back near the golden pizza oven. I'm happy to say my pizza was scrumptious and met my expectations. I will definitely go back. I would love to have a table at one of the sidewalk tables. It will be heavenly.
Great neighborhood vibe & excellent service
By cb85 on 9/21/2011
The service and atmosphere at Donatell is fantasic, great neighborhood vibe and attentaive servers. Most people seemed to be locals visiting not for the first time. The pizza is very fresh but nothing caught my eye as a nice mix between 'normal' pizza and something exciting and new. Many of their pizzas do not have a red sauce base, focusing on the bread and toppings instead. The oven itself (all gold!) is very cool and the bar in the back is super posh. Have them take you back to check it out.
By nyc_y on 8/2/2011
I went to the place few times with friends. First, i LOVE the gold-tiled pizza oven, it pleases the eye and makes you feel special. It's a very beautiful design. Secondly, the pizza that comes out of that oven is the best i've ever had in my life! Disclosure: i never had pizza in Italy, but in the USA, hands down best. Especially, truffle pizza -- unique. I am a big truffle fan, that truffle pizza -- yummmmmm, i crave it sometimes at night, but they don't deliver to my neighborhood (hopefully, one day that changes!). My second favorite is Donatella pizza -- if you are a vegetarian, you will love it. I am not a vegetarian, but the cheeses they use in that pizza make your palette remember them forever! :). and of course i love peperonni, but that's my weakness. Bar: One time i was just hanging out by the bar and the bar attender was a sweetheart! He allowed me to taste 12 different wines!! so i can pick the one i truly loved. My friend was running really late, so it was super cool to taste wines and pick the one i truly enjoyed while waiting 20min. I've never had 12 different wines to taste in nyc bar. It was amazing. Left a good tip too:). Other food: i tried calamaris, fish, pasta, deserts, meat -- i have to say that everything was either great or just excellent. However, my choice is pizza, as i find it the most unique pizza in the city.
Salty. Pizza Perplexingly Bad.
By whiterhythm on 2/16/2011
I had heard this place was nice looking inside, and I liked the phrase "pork croutons." The gold-tiled pizza oven was indeed fetching, but the pizza was an unbalanced, doughy, salty mess further weighed down by a metric ton of mozzarella. If this pizza had come from my neighborhood joint I would've sent it back with a curse-filled suicide note. The wine list didn't seem too bad, but our testy waiter was really pushing the high-priced bottles in an obvious and obnoxious way. He suddenly became downright chipper halfway through the meal, and before I could offer him a spare lithium he brought a complementary dessert and a big ol' smile. I have to admit that the 3 desserts we tried were all pretty spectacular. Won't catch me back there though.
By polpetto on 1/16/2011
My friends and I have visited this restaurant on 2 occasions both times with parties of 4 - and all of us agreed we will never return. The service and management were very unprofessional and rude. The food was less than mediocre. The eggplant parmigiana was like eating lead - the salads were attempting to be something they are not - the meatballs while tasty were cold (ARE YOU KIDDING ME)? The pizza was very doughy - unlike anything we expected. Thats why we wanted to give them another chance but it proved a waste of time and money. To top it all off the owner was nonchantly PICKING HER NOSE near the pizza oven the 2nd time we were there. Gross and Disgusting!!!!!!!!
Been here three times -- best restaurant on 8th Avenue
By tdcunning on 1/14/2011
Donatella would be good in any neighborhood, but in the wasteland that is Chelsea's 8th Avenue, it's spectacular. (The Babbo for gays?) The service may be a bit slow, but the food -- especially the meatballs! -- make up for it. Nice wine list, good salads, pizzas that are better than those at Co., and a good looking room all make for a very nice meal. (Also, the meatball sandwich they serve at lunch may be the best sandwich in all of NYC.) Sorry some people have had bad experiences here, but in my three visits, all have been good. Am so grateful to have this restaurant in the 'hood.
THIS PLACE SUCKS!!!
By thisplacesucks on 1/1/2011
This place sucks! nothing here is edible. the rocket salad tasted like it had been marinated in salt, and the mussels were puffy and rubbery in a bed of tomato "stew" that gave me raging diarrhea several hours later. Even the bread was cold and stale. When i tried to return the salad and have it removed from the bill, the manager claimed it had been eaten. do not go here and tell everyone you know THEIR FOOD IS INEDIBLE !!!!
Worst Dining Experience I've Ever Had
By krs123 on 12/13/2010
This was my second time going to this restaurant. The first time was within the week it opened. While the service wasn't great, it was good enough for a place that was just getting in the swing of things. The second and last time I went was horrific. I went with a group of six. After having to ask for the waitress numerous times, we ordered wine and pizza only. The pizza came before the wine even got to our table. We were never checked on during our meal. We also had the misfortune of being seated next to a cabinet they used for dishes. A busboy actually placed a tray full of glasses on our table to put them away while we were eating. After a series of other small misfires we got the bill. My friend asked to speak to a manager to tell them about our experience. Rather than apologizing he asked "Well, what do you want me to do about it?". Even though we did not ask for a discount he took out bill and took off one of the oizzas we ordered. Our cards had to be voided and re-rung a number of times. After all of this and much more miscommunication the owner came to us and accused us of trying to scam her. I will never visit this place again. Horrible experience.
What an amazing surprise. On 8th Avenue no less.
By dogman on 10/19/2010
Three of us had dinner here last night and walked away thinking, 'Wow, what a great meal we just had.' Certainly never expected that on 8th Avenue in Chelsea. The mussels and tomato stew (which wasn't really a stew at all) was out of this world. Everyone greedily dipped bread into my sauce. and the braised-beef and onion pasta perfect. However, the sea urchin pasta was way-too-fishy gross (but that might just be because sea urchin is gross. None of us had ever had it before). The pizza was great too. We ate in the back bar because the main dining room was full and the drinks they mixed were off the charts too. Very creative and unique. It's not cheap but we thought definitely worth it. Thank god it wasn't another Thai restaurant for those of you who know 8th Avenue!! The menu is somewhat small beyond pizza, so I hope they rotate their dishes or it might get a bit stale after a while.
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