inspires someone to open a restaurant in a former movie
theatre, filling the space with photographs from almost
every classic movie ever made, and then staffing the restaurant
with friends and family from his native Italy? Owner Carmine
was so enthralled by the movie Cinema Paradiso that he
decided to combine all of this with his love of food and
make one of Amsterdam’s finest restaurants.
Chef Tassone Massimi Liano, or Massimo as he’s known
is originally from Genova, Italy. Everyday fresh produce
comes in from Naples and is carefully inspected and then
prepared a la minute to be served upon order.
Massimo was kind enough to spend a few hours with us,
working on a few of the restaurant’s more popular
Pasta dishes. So we are very fortunate to have this master
chef showing us how to prepare Ravioli with Fresh Shrimp
and the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli as well!
we sat down for dinner at Cinema Paradiso and started
with an incredible Antipasta dish that was filled with
so many amazing colors it looked like it should be displayed
in a modern art museum! The Antipasta included all kinds
of Marinated Veggies, from Eggplant to Peppers and Mushrooms
and a variety of Marinated Octopus and Fish. The pasta
then followed with a Spinach and Ricotta Cheese filled
Ravioli that was made from the freshest Pasta and was
truly a sublime experience! Then it’s a blur really,
all the dishes kept coming and coming, from a plate full
of Vongole (fresh steamed Clams in Garlic), to all kinds
of Pizza rolls and Pasta dishes with Shrimp and Fresh
dessert, we all shared a Tiramisu which was almost the
size of the table- along with some special Limone Liquor
and Lemon Sherbet with Vodka! Man we were ready to fly
out of Cinema Paradiso, we were so full and happy!
when you’re in Amsterdam you simply have to make
a reservation to eat at Cinema Paradiso! You’ll
find that even though the restaurant is filled with famous
television, film and sports stars from around the world,
the atmosphere is completely laid-back and wonderful!
The best part is that you can see the open kitchen area
from all the tables in the restaurant and watch Chef Massimo
and his team preparing all your fresh food. Truly an incredible