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“Great night out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Certosa

La Certosa
1 Via Cassia, 50124 Galluzzo, Italy
0552048876
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Ranked #2 of 3 Restaurants in Galluzzo
Price range: $34 - $56
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Alice Springs, Australia
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“Great night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Unlike some of the other reviews here, we had a great night out. As a group tour we had music, song and great service. Waiters dressed as monks made it all the interesting after visiting the local monastery. Many courses and the t- bone steaks were huge. Great food, wine and atmosphere. This restaurant also cooks free of charge and delivers meals to the Cistercian monks of the local monastery. Well done for community spirit.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“All the way to Italy for this?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

As far as I know, nobody chooses to come here. Tour groups advertise a "Tuscan dinner," or something like that, and this is where the motor coaches end up. It's as good as any hotel banquet catering. Quantity over quality. The MC, Salvatore, infuses dry wit into some hilarious charades and the music has some fine moments, depending on who's singing, and perhaps because of this the group will generate some laughs and memories. But the food won't be one of those good memories. The pasta was ok, the salmon was bland, the dessert was what they serve after they hope you've had enough wine. Next time, I'll stay home and hit a subpar wedding reception for this, and when in Italy, I'll look for something with the personal touch that otherwise makes dining there so special.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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“...and Fun Was Had by All”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This was an evening event arranged for our Perillo group tour of 28. We visited the monastary up the road, then came down here for dinner (Thank goodness, many of us believed we were going to be having dinner at the monastery itself!). Although this is a restaurant it seems to primarily cater to large groups, particularly tour groups. There seemed to be at least 2 other tours with us, one Japanese and the other composed of college kids from many countries. We sat at large tables of 10-12 people and were served multiple course meals typical of the Florentine region, complete with appetizers, salad, soup, pasta, meat and desserts, with both red and white wines. The food was excellent, but the entertainment even more so. There was a piano player and a really excellent baritone singer who sang all the old Italian favorites and even got the crowd singing. A dance floor was set up and special couples (newlyweds, etc.) were called up to make featured dances, then the whole crowd joined in. The young Japanese group amazed us. They didn't seem to speak much English at all but somehow knew and sung all the lyrics to the ancient Italian and Italian-American classics. The filmed everything that happened and seemed fascinated by the whole scene. The host of the place, Salvatore, looked like a little old curmudgeon. As the evening wore on, he came out of his shell, asking various women to dance. Once he got them into his clutches, then the fun started. Well, he is an Italian man...
This was really a fun night; we even bought the singer's CD and got all the entertainers' autographs. This was a great side trip if you don't take yourself too seriously.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Very touristic place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

I would not say u can call this place a typical restaurant. It's very touristic...meat is nothing special and the starters have no taste! :-\

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“evening to remember.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We arrived as a large coach tour group, after having visited the Monestary across the road. The evening turned out to be a great night of laughter, mostly in response to the very funny antics of Salvatore (as previous reviewer stated, all part of the entertainment.) The food was very good, and plenty of wine to go with it. All served with great precision, like a well oiled machine! the wait staff were all very friendly, and their english was excellent. Musical entertainment was supplied during the meal by male tenor, and female soprano. both had very good voices and were very much enjoyed, by everyone.
Dancing after meal, was a great way to end a lovely evening in a beautiful setting in Tuscany.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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