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“It's a Cafe on a Main Square - So Don't Expect Too Much” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Grand Italia

Grand Italia
Piazza del Popolo 9/10, 48100 Ravenna, Italy
0544-217529
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Ranked #409 of 496 Restaurants in Ravenna
Cuisines: Dessert, Bar, Fusion, Wine Bar
Good for: Outdoor seating
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“It's a Cafe on a Main Square - So Don't Expect Too Much”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We usually avoid cafes on main squares as almost inevitably they promise more than they deliver and charge more than they should. Our lunch at Grand Italia started promisingly with a big platter of antipasti (plenty for four of us) which was a bit pricey at 15 Euros but not extortionate. Therefore we waited with some anticipation for our pasta. And we waited. And waited a little more. And some more. And some more again. After about 45 minutes the pasta course arrived. And half of us wished it hadn't. My wife's chicken and pasta salad was especially disappointing with incredibly dry and hard bits of chicken (she actually speculated that they may have been incredibly dry and hard bits of rabbit - but with so little taste it was difficult to know for sure).

Fortunately the time taken for the pasta to arrive had removed any temptation we may have otherwise had to stay for dessert or coffee - but, even so, the bill (for one shared course one plate of pasta and a drink) came to 25 Euros per head. Not good value at all.

If I were David Cameron, I would propose an EU-wide law which prevents any restaurant or café in a Main Square from charging 10% more than the average for the rest of the establishments in the town. Until such a law comes into effect, and on this evidence, we should revert to our family boycott of such places.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Yehud, Israel
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“pretty good deal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

The happy hour (afternoon and early evening if i'm not mistaken) during which you pay only for the alcohol and get a buffet is a good deal. the buffet consists of sandwiches, fritatas, salads and pastas (nothing gourmet but good,simple food) and is a very good solution for those who can't afford spending much on their meals.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Parma, Italia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2008

Nice

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