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“Best Italian food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Colosseum Restaurant

Colosseum Restaurant
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Ranked #47 of 101 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Italian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

This blows all other Italian restaurants out of the water. Sure the North end in Boston is good however the food here is excellent and the price is right. The servers are friendly, the environment is relaxed and if you sit at the bar, the entertainment is phenomenal. There is no better Italian food (since my family ;) ) that I have had! The sauce they make is great and their limoncello is fantastic! Couldn't have asked for a better experience or food!!

Visited March 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Salem, New Hampshire
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“lovely neighborhood restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

We arrived home from the airport and were starving. Sat at the bar, had appetizers and drinks, enjoyed the entertainment. Comfortable, welcoming and just right

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Salem, New Hampshire
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Our favorite restaurant ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

We live in salem and this place is very close to us. We eat here quite often and our favorite meal of all time is the veal saltimbocca. We have it almost 100 percent of the time and it should be the signature dish. The quality control is excellent as we have never had a bad meal. Service is always friendly and we can eat and drink in less than one hour. The mozzarella in carrozza is to die for and we get that appetizer every time. We also always get a side of pasta a oilio and it is perfect. We try to make it on out own and never come close. We have had Italian food all over the US and nothing has come close to this which include the north end of Boston.

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Salem, New Hampshire
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Birthday Meal @ The Colosseum Restaurant!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

I was treated to a Birthday Meal out along with my family by friends of ours. Having been treated to Christmas Meals by the same friends, we were thrilled to be invited back to the Colosseum. We had entrees both times there. We all ordered something different. The food was EXCELLENT. (The bread in the bread basket, however, was hard. It was overheated so that it tasted stale and was very unappealing. Might as well not put any bread out. This could be easily corrected. It's too bad because it appeared that bread was quality bread.) The waitstaff was very attentive. Great with coffee refills and water! Annibale, the owner, is very professional and courteous to his customers. Always a sharp dresser, too! He is a very likeable guy.This restaurant is in a strip mall in Salem. DO NOT JUDGE THE FOOD BY THE LOCATION! Like I said, it's EXCELLENT. With that being said, the inside of the restaurant needs a little upgrading, i.e. the ceilings need some work, things like that could use some fixing. It's great that the COLOSSEUM takes reservations, but while waiting to be seated, we couldn't figure out how come there was so much confusion in seating people. Not just us--no reservations, but everyone waiting to be seated was "stuck in a holding pattern" right by the front desk. There were tables available. We just couldn't understand the confusion. However, once seated, everything moved along. We enjoyed our meal there, and we weren't rushed to eat and run. It was a pleasant dining experience. We know there is a newer, bigger Italian Restaurant in town. We can't comment on the new restaurant because it is way out of our price league so we haven't been there, and I wouldn't do that to people who are giving us a night out. If you are craving Italian food, the COLOSSEUM stil serves excellent Italian Food. It is authentic, Italian food! So, keep the Colosseum in mind if you are looking for an EXCELLENT meal out. We did not order appetizers or desserts so we cannot offer commentary. The quality of food outweighs the few negatives mentioned that do not have anything to do with the quality of the food. P.S. The singer was fantastic!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Windham, New Hampshire
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Bad place if your on a diet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Good food great breads and the dessert well so much for the diet. One of the top Italian restaurants in Salem voted best gir many years and now I know why

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pam O
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