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Donatello's Italian Restaurant
A Tom Landshof quick restaurant review

Suzanne and I live just off Main Street in Carmel so we are always looking for new, non-chain, dining options. Carmel now has a new white table cloth Italian restaurant. Donatello’ Italian Restaurant is located on Main Street in the Downtown Arts District just west of Rangeline Road. They opened the day before New Year's Eve and we have dined there twice so far. The chef is Patrick Assen, who was the owner/chef behind Arturo’s Italian Restaurant, which was located at 86th and Keystone in Indianapolis, for more than 10 years. His wife Beth runs the front end. Their menu and wine list is posted at www.donatellositalian.com.

On the appetizer side, their fried calamari is sliced thick in steaks rather than rounds and is very good with their homemade tomato sauce. The Ravioli Gorgonzola appetizer is enough for a main course with one of their salads or homemade soups such as minestrone. For pastas, we have had the Wild Mushroom Risotto and Tortellini Michelangelo... both outstanding. The Veal Dolce Vita was tender and not over cooked with a light tomato sauce.

The menu has ten soup, salad and apppetizer choices priced at $5 to $8, seven pasta selections including a Spaghettini Carbonara that I plan to try next, all at $14 to $18 and finally seven entrees, including a fresh fish of the day at $19 to $22.

The wine list is short and a little eclectic, but has some good choices. The first night we had the Banfi Cum Laude, a super Tuscan fairly priced at $75, about twice retail. On the next visit, we had the Banfi Superiore Chianti, a more affordable option at $25, but still perfect with the food. Beth says that they will be adding more wines to the list as they go along. Only seating 32, Donatello’s has a warm and friendly atmosphere and great Italian food.

Donatello's Italian Restaurant

9 West Main Street
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 564-4790
www.donatellositalian.com