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Visual Novel / Ristorante Amore

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Ristorante Amore is a freeware Ren'Py otome game by Cyanide Tea in which you take on the role of Lily Kingston, a recent college graduate who has just started work as a waitress at her uncle's high-class Italian restaurant. Though she's clumsy and has a lot to learn, Lily finds good friends in her co-workers: the serious and hard-working Ethan, the princely sous-chef Pierre, the fun-loving jock Liam, and the cute but shy waiter Laura.

The game is divided into two sections, dubbed the prologue and the post-prologue. It can be downloaded here.

The post-prologue folder contains unmarked spoilers. Tread with caution.

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  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Lily routinely drops entire stacks of plates and messes up orders. Laura is also inexperienced and careless on occasion.
    • Pierre comments in the post-prologue how a real restaurant would never hire people like them, and he's probably right.
    • The authors likely intended for Lily's clumsiness to be up to eleven to poke fun at regular clumsy otome heroines. Lily breaks hundreds of dollars of fine china on a near-daily basis.
  • Pastimes Prove Personality: Lily reveals to Ethan her passion for architecture, which leads him to believe she's not as dumb as she lets on.

  • Beneath the Mask: All of the cast are completely different people when not in their roles for the game.
    • Though Pierre is the "prince" during the prologue, his actual hobbies include beating people up, which he does in the first scene.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Liam, though whether the relationship actually starts is up to you.
  • The Danza: invoked All the characters have the same names in real life as the characters they play in the game. Except for Josh as Pierre, through the director told everyone to call him "Pierre" off-hours so they wouldn't slip up on-set.
  • Devoted to You: Liam has been pining for Josh for ten years.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: An unspecified myriad of planets depend on the emotions of humans on Earth for their survival and energy sources.
  • Emotion Eater: The planet the story is set on, Erewhon, gets its energy from the love experienced by people on Earth. Pierre also mentions a less fortunate planet based on arachnophobia.
  • Everyone Can See It: Liam's feelings for Josh.
  • Flanderization: Lily is now depicted as even more comically dumb and simplistic (see image above).
  • Gay Option: Ethan and Liam
  • Incestuous Casting: In-universe; Liam and Laura are cousins in real life, but Liam's route in the prologue has Laura falling in love with Liam. Pierre points how weird this is.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Ethan and Angelica are actually nice people in real life, especially the former.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Laura's older sister is a former Olympic gold medalist and her younger one is a 9-year-old musical prodigy.
  • Mundane Fantastic: The fantastical elements of the setting are completely unremarkable to the characters, and only barely relevant to the story except as an explanation for why the main game is so much different from the prologue.
  • Nested Story Reveal: When the prologue ends, the role of the game's viewpoint character changes from Lily to Pierre, whereupon it's revealed that all of the characters are actors on a planet called Erewhon fueled by feelings of love from the inhabitants of Earth, and they're staging a Dating Sim in order to encourage those feelings.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: Though the word appears to be exactly the same, the character profiles claim the entire cast was born in the 2400s.
  • Oblivious to Love: Pierre to Liam's.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname: The Game Within a Game is often called "RisAmo". invoked
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: One year in Erewhon is equivalent to about three Earth years.