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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Parent's Night Out! Review of Martini's Italian Bistro

PhotobucketFor our anniversary this year, we decided to check out Martini Italian Bistro. Martini's is located in The Summit, which is one of my favorite shopping areas, and gave us somewhere to walk around before and after dinner as part of our date night.

Martini's describes itself as "comfortable yet sophisticated locally owned restaurant and bar." They focus on Italian food including pastas, pizzas, meats and seafood dishes. When we first walked into the restaurant, we noticed the great atmosphere of the bar area. There was table and bar seating, sports on the TVs, a live pianist playing requests (which sounded great in the background), and over 70 hand-crafted martinis to choose from.

We were seated in the main dinning room and I immediately loved the set up. There is the main room, a separate section to each side, open hallways to the kitchen, and the kitchen itself, all with the visual impact that you are sitting in an Italian courtyard surrounded by different buildings because of the use of half walls and pillars. One of the sections has glass between the pillars and a door making it available for private parties. The lighting was dimmed enough to be romantic while still being able to recognize people across the room. The Italian music was subtle enough to hear the piano if we listened for it but without having to yell to have a conversation. The wait staff were all very pleasant, cheerful, and knowledgeable. The kitchen being in view of the diners always makes me feel better about health standards, and it is a made-from-scratch menu meaning you can order your food however you want. They can even do whole wheat and gluten free pastas.
PhotobucketWe ordered appetizers, entrees, and a dessert (as well as enjoying the olive oil and dipping bread they bring to your table before your food arrives). All of the food was delicious and we ate more than we should have! The main dining area had a varied crowd from kids to adults, informal to business casual, and couples to groups, while the bar area seems separate and more of a bar scene. They do have a separate kid's menu, and it even has activities on it for them to draw on, so it can be good for a family meal or date night. It was a very comfortable, relaxing evening, and I look forward to going back for another date night. Martini's also hosts Happy Hour, Martini Madness, and Wine Enthusiast Night, so be sure to check their website for details! Additionally, during the warm months, you can dine outside!

By guest contributor: Caryn

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