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“Cosy atmostphere, good food and friendly service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of C'era una Volta - CLOSED

C'era una Volta
Localita Piano di Bibola, 2 | S.S. del Cerreto, 54011 Aulla, Italy
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Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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“Cosy atmostphere, good food and friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

We have been dining at C'era una Volta relatively regularly for three years now, and it is difficult to recognise the review by "Bastone" , I would guess something very unusual must have happened that day! Anyway, on the basis of it being one of two "regular" stopping places to eat in Lunigiana, I can vow that this restauant is worth a visit. The place is run by a young couple, and for those who struggle with their Italian, Maria Grazia can assist in a charmingly accented English. The interior is a restored cantina, plenty of atmosphere with stone and wood (no plastic!).

There is usually a daily "pranzo di lavoro" or worker's lunch at very reasonable price - don't expect high gastronomy here, but good simple fare. For those who want to experiment, the normal menu has several unusual dishes (that change with the season), such as ravioli stuffed with borage or crepes made of chestnut flour with cured ham. In addition there is a selection of interesting wines at reasonable cost - also with some excellent examples from local vinyards that you won't find many places!

To finish the meal we recommend the homemade chocolate torte - dense, dark and delicious (we prefer it cold rather than heated).

All in all, a really lovely little place that will keep you coming back - which is easy as it is only 5 -10 minutes from the Aulla autostrada exit.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
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Tuscany
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“Avoid at all costs”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

The worst meal I have ever had in Italy. Overcooked, dried up lasagne, tasteless, soggy meat, unpleasant contorno. There are so many wonderful restaurants in Lunigiana, why go to this one.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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