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“Bad service and expensive” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Al Calmiere

Al Calmiere
Piazza San Zeno, Verona, Italy
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Ranked #549 of 904 Restaurants in Verona
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Lubbock, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Bad service and expensive”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

We decided to have a light lunch at Calmiere Restaurant after our visit to San Zeno. Our first question was "Do you speak English?" and the waiter said "Yes". However, that was the only word in Engish that he knew. I don't mind that he did not speak English, since I can get by with my bad Italian. However, lying about it should have given us an indication of things to come. First of all, they charge a "Coperto" of several Euros per person which is a cover just for the fact that you are sitting at the table. Secondly, they charge a steep "Service Fee" which means that they decide what percentage tip they should get. Thirdly, the prices are very expensive compared to other similar restaurants in Verona. And finally, the waiter came around several times showing us pre prepared plates asking if we wanted a portion and would give us a dirty look when we would decline.

Overall, we paid well above average for our food, got stuck with both copertos and service fees and what we got was an uncomfortable experience.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2010

We sat outside which looks out onto the Piazza and the stunning San Zeno Duomo. The service was excellent and the food delicious and well presented, particularly the Tortellini in butter. The main course vegetables are served from a trolley so you can choose what you want. Lovely wine too!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2009

Like Antico Tripoli this restaurant is a good choice in this San Zeno piazza. A lively place in the outdoor season.

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