There are too many Italian restaurants in Amsterdam - so many that it feels as if going out for Italian cannot be reserved for a special occasion.
However, that is not the case with D'Antica. I had a lot of Italian food during my 6yr in Amsterdam and D'Antica is by far the best.
Here not only the food is superb the preparation and serving also deserve a comment. You waiter will come with a tray next to your table and performs a part of the food preparation for your amusement.
For example, if you order pasta with marinara sauce, the waiter will push a wheel of cheese on a cart next to your table, melt the cheese and dumps your pasta in the middle of the wheel to mix your pasta with the cheese. Similarly fish are cut next to your table and if you order a sgroppino for dessert they will mix the limonchello, cream and ice in front of you and pour it into your glass.
The restaurant has two rooms; the main dining area is posh (with white linen on the table) and the side room is a lot more casual (wooden table). Each is nice depending on the occasion.
Favorite Dish: I like seafood a lot and their fresh pasta with fresh seafood special is really extraordinary.
This place is truly a gem. I would never have guessed that this place was going to be so great...but to my surprise it was. The restaurant was extremely busy when we arrived and the staff seems frazzled due to a group function that was going on. But once they sorted through that everything was fantastic, the service, the food, the wine list and the extra attention that the staff to gave to us. The owners even treated us to a few authentic Italian beverages at the end of the night. I, as well as my dinner companions were thrilled about finding this gem.
It's great to see the staff prepare the final touches of the meal tableside...watch in amazement what they do to the pasta and a giant 'wheel' or parmesan. A wonderful evening all around. A few minutes (walk) from Rembrantplein.
Favorite Dish: Everything was perfect.