If you go to this place expecting Olive Garden, you will be disappointed. This is truly a family owned and operated outfit, Bonnie Bambinelli will seat you and she doesn't need a flashing beeper to let you know your table is ready. She will remember exactly who came in when, and how many. We went on a Friday at 7 and had to wait about 15 min for a table. My guess is the wait staff are family members doing their time. To me, it adds to the charm. Our party of three had stuffed shells with meat sauce (probably the smallest dish of the 3, with no leftovers), eggplant parmigiana and pizza; all three were excellent and the latter two had plenty left to take home. When we left, Ms. Bambinelli came outside and actually apologized for the wait, and told us that Sundays were less crowded. You are not going to get that touch at a chain restaurant!
Posted: 11/06/2010 • Link to this review
Decided to try this place after going to the website and reading the reviews! Ha! I should have really paid attention to the latest ones saying the food sucks! Waiter was nice... in his own way. Food was a mess! My husband had the lasagna which was overloaded with ricotta cheese. Ha! No meat! What a shocker?! The chicken marsala should be renamed as chicken mess-sala! A plate full of brown sauce with a badly beaten chicken breast and a side bowl of noodles with marinara sauce (tasted almost like soap)! Looked like throw-up on a plate now that I think about it! Did the garlic rolls come from Kroger? Probably so! Will not go back! I was very disappointed on the first visit!
Posted: 4/09/2010 • Link to this review
We've gone to Bambinellis for decades, both at N'lake and Gwinnett. Bonnie B. should be ashamed of how far the quality has fallen. As a second gen Italian/Sicilian with roots in NY and Philly, I know basic, decent eye-tal food, and this ain't it. All the food now tastes like bland, heavy-handed, stupidly-prepared dishes made by southerners and Mexicans who have no idea what Bronx-style Italian cuisine tastes like. They must go thru 50 cans of dried oregano each week in that place, as if that signifies good eye-tal food. Bonnie needs to get back in the cucina, kick the medigones out, and fix this mess. On top, the service is very spotty and unreliable.
Posted: 8/22/2009 • Last edited: 1/13/2010 • Link to this review
I am shocked at the positive reviews of this restaurant. Everyone I've talked to, who's eaten at Bambinelli's, says, "It's terrible!" I've lived in the neighborhood a couple of years and hadn't yet tried Bambinelli's. So, my adult son, his girlfriend and I decided to try it one evening. The garlic rolls were pretty good, and our service was excellent. That's all. My son had lasagna which was unrecognizable. It was cold in the middle, and he had to mix it to be able to eat it. I had the fried ravioli and baked ziti. The ravioli was terrible, very greasy tasting. The ziti was so uninteresting that it was not good. My son's girlfriend had eggplant parmagiana. Her dish was so salty that she couldn't eat it. When the waiter came to take our plates, my son's girlfriend expressed that she didn't like hers because it was too salty. He took our plates away. When he brought the check, he hadn't charged for her dinner and mine. That was very nice. We didn't request that. He just did it on his own. We were so impressed that we thought perhaps we should try this restaurant another evening. When the waiter returned, my son asked if this was an "off" night, if they had a new cook, or if it was always like this. The waiter replied that it was always like this. As we were leaving, the man at the entrance mumbled something at us. When my son asked him what he said, he repeated, "Watch that sait intake." This was not a friendly remark, but a snide remark. Unbelievable!
Posted: 3/30/2009 • Last edited: 1/13/2010 • Link to this review
We moved over the summer and searched Kudzu for a an Italian place close by. The reviews hold true- this place is fantastic. Chicken Piccata rules- tasty, moist and the sauce is great! When we dined in the service was very attentive and crisp. Major plus- Bambinelli's delivers if you live near by!
Posted: 11/25/2008 • Last edited: 5/08/2009 • Link to this review
I've only been here once, but had a great experience. The service was good and the food was great. The garlic rolls before are great and the meal was tasty. The portion sizes were filling.
Posted: 5/27/2008 • Last edited: 5/08/2009 • Link to this review
I have been eating at Bambinelli's for close to 30 years. It is a wonderful Italian cuisine and is family owned.. Great food with reasonable prices. Great garlic rolls served when you get there. Bet you can't eat just one..
Posted: 5/15/2008 • Last edited: 5/08/2009 • Link to this review
This is a great little Italian restaurant that has that family feel. The food was very good, and the portion size and price were reasonable. I plan to visit again.
Posted: 11/05/2007 • Last edited: 5/08/2009 • Link to this review
You feel like family when you eat here. Always great service. For the money, you get lots of great tasting food. Usually have to take some home and I am a big eater. Owners are wonderful along with their serving staff.
Posted: 10/16/2007 • Last edited: 5/08/2009 • Link to this review
This place is a fresh change from chain Italian restaurants. Excellent quality and great service. Things can get kind of slow when they are really busy, but it is worth the wait and the staff is always extremely friendly. I definitely recommend this place. I wish that they served salad with the garlic rolls, but beggers can't be choosers I suppose!
Posted: 10/05/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
This place always seems busy but everyone is friendly and the service is quick. It reminds me of a family Thanksgiving. Most importantly, the food is great. Be careful not to fill up on the warm garlic rolls before the food arrives!
Posted: 9/06/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review