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“Too high expectation spoiled the result” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Locanda

La Locanda
Doctor Joaquim Pou, 4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain (El Barri Gòtic)
+34 933174609
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Ranked #939 of 6,373 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $18 - $31
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: El Barri Gòtic
Description: Asi eran conocidos los antiguos restaurantes italianos que ofrecian alojamiento y comida a los viajeros en el pasado.La eleccion de este nombre es el fruto de nuestro deseo de conservar esta tradicion italiana. Precisamente por todo esto, hemos querido respetar la naturaleza y la calidad de nuestros productos, elaborarlos como se cocinaban antiguamente. Asi nuestros platos reflejan esta intencion y se cinen con la maxima fidelidad y respeto a la recetas originales para que nuestros clientes disfruten de ellos.
Giussano, Italy
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Too high expectation spoiled the result”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

The staff is really Italian and they talk Italian. This is a good start.
The starters and salads are nice and pleasant.
The pasta dishes are presented as their key specialty and, apart from the ravioli that were judged very good, the others was average.
We challenged La Locanda on a very simple Tagliatelle tomato and basil, as all very simple Italian dishes they are a real challenge, and they accepted it.

The souce should be made of fresh tomatoes lightly cooked with a hint of onion (even if there is a school that thinks is not needed) with the correct amount of fresh basil to provide the background flavor without overwhelming the tomato and pasta taste.
Unluckily the outcome was not what expected and the tomato sauce was not from fresh tomatoes, there was no onion and it was overcooked and the basil was not enough/correct.
Little bit too much oil too.
The home made tagliatelle were cooked correctly but the sauce was not added correctly so the tagliatelle glued together without absorbing the sauce.
The meat was nice and correctly cooked.

One of us took the risotto al gorgonzola and he rated is somehow ok but not top.

A group of customers (Brits, it appears) got a table near ours and they were shouting soo loud we were forced to leave as we could not talk or hear each other, a wiser disposition of customers (rest of the restaurant was empty due to the late time) would be advisable (and more education from the guests, but this is not something the staff can do anything on!)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Good food, less than expected ambience and service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

went for lunch with a group.

To be honest, the last dinner I did here had excellent feedback so was happy to recommend again but sadly the service this time around was painfully slow.

I realize we were a grp of 40 but with a pre-arranged menu , the mains were woefully slow arriving and the pasta was badly undercooked.

The Pizza was the saving grace.. Drinks + dessert were very slow to arrive.

To all diners, please be patient to be served.. This restaurant needs to get it's service times in order.

Good food cannot make up for slow/bad service.

It will take me serious convincing to dine here again.

Prices are moderate so you may to consider the wait but barcelona is full of moderately priced options with a lot more ambience and service standards.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Mmmmmm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

Great atmosphere, good service, good food. Pizza was thin and crispy. Really enjoyed this restaurant.

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Sydney
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Delicious and reasonably priced Italian.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Went with a large group at lunch (with a baby). They were very accommodating. Calzone was fantastis as was the tagliatelle con aglio et olio. Worth going .

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Casual, inexpensive gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Ate here two nights in a ten day stay. Terrific service (Barcelona style, letting you enjoy your meal without hurrying) friendly waitstaff. Inexpensive but not super cheap. Great, Italian style pizza--I spend 4-6 weeks each year in Italy and this was as good as anything there.. Thin crust, Crispy on the outside of the pie, soft and gooey in the center. Great sauce! Good wine list. The space is small and simple. But clean and attractive. Recommended.

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