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“Great food in an unexpected location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Vecchia Osteria

La Vecchia Osteria
Kapellenstrasse 2, 51381 Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
02171 / 835 21
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Ranked #3 of 168 Restaurants in Leverkusen
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Dusseldorf, Germany
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“Great food in an unexpected location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This place surprised us pleasantly and we can give it an excellent rating, but not without hesitation. The good things first. When you arrive, you will be served a large paper bag with bread inside (interesting idea) and some great aioli. Along with it they will serve you parma ham and salami, both very tasty. As an appetizer I had some grilled sepia, which was superb, some of the best sepia I ever had. For mains I had a veal cutlet, also great in taste, just a bit small in portion for the price. For dessert, the Zabaglione was somewhat disappointing (I can do better myself easily), but my wife's Tiramisu was good.

The service was really great as long the owner was there personally. Quick, charming and personal. Then he disappeared and service turned from great to poor instantly, when no waiter could be seen in our room of the restaurant for extended periods of time.

The ambience is rustic, but nice, just the chairs could be a bit more comfortable. And then there is the price. Definitely not cheap. At that level of price, drops in service quality like the one we experienced should not happen.

Still we will give it the highest rating because some of the food we had was really outstanding. Food like that is rare to find in Italian restaurants outside of Italy.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“What a pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Frankly, you would not expect such a good restaurant on the outskirts of the otherwise not very charming industrial city of Leverkusen. We ate lunch and were given a good table right by the window in the airy annex building. Food was served at rustic antique tables. We all had fish which was well prepared and very tasty. We drank the house wine which was of immaculate quality. Service was swift and professional; the owner himself took the orders and explained how the food will be prepared. Overall a very pleasant experience though it must be mentioned that with a two-course lunch, 2 bottles of water, half a litre of house wine left we ran a 130 Euro tab.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Among the best Italian restaurants outside Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

La Vecchia Osteria is a restaurant that I have wanted to visit for some time. Many people have recommended it to me. Now I see why. It is a really fabulous Italian restaurant with a tremendous atmosphere and wonderful food. The Antipasto is magnificent; my sea bass was beautifully cooked and absolutely delicious; and the Zabaione is to die for! It was a really lovely evening, the staff were helpful and extremely courteous and there is an excellent choice of wine. It is not expensive and very good value.

  • Visited April 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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