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“Great place to eat Pisa cuisine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ristoro Al Vecchio Teatro

Ristoro Al Vecchio Teatro
Piazza Dante, Pisa, Italy
+39 (0)50 20210
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Ranked #176 of 719 restaurants in Pisa
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Lanaken, Belgium
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great place to eat Pisa cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

Had a lovely evening here enjoying typically Pisa cuisine. We chose the 'tipico pisano' menu with fish and had liek ten different dishes which kept us busy for the next three hours. We sat at the big table with a Danish couple who had just arrived and had a wonderful evening. The owner/cook advised us and explained the dishes. This place is in the university area away from the tourist areas near the leaning tower. This was also a great change from all the pizza and pasta restaurants we had visited on our Tuscany trip

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“The worst and most arrogant service we have ever experienced”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

We were eight people four grown-ups and four teenagers. The restaurant has a menu that is only half in English. The rest in Italien and very hard to find out. We were tempted by the nice outdoor location in the quiet square and the owner being very inviting and saying "they could serve anything". When he realized that not everybody wanted his fixed price menu and som of the young people had a hard time deciding (he was pressing for a order several times within the first fifteeen minutes of our stay), he got irritated. He startet telling in mostly Italien that when you visit a country you should taste their special food (him mening his Pisano menu with only seafood). If we asked questions about the menu he didn't listen or even tried to understand and just kept talking in mostly Italien about his menu. That was the time when we should have got up and left. The saefood was ok. Due to the language problem one ordered antipasti Terre thinking it was what the owner had just showed us as "the antipasti" on a plate to an other customer. When we found out 2 minutes later that it was not what he showed us anyway, we tried to explain that that was not what we wanted. He didn't want to change the order because now they had started preparing. The antipasti Terre was a disgrace to Tuscan kitchen as the cut meats were obviusly just taken out of the plastic packaging and a piece of that plastic was stuck on the back side off one peace of the cut meat.
On top of that it was the most expencive dinner we had in a restaurant in our 2 weeks in Toscany. And except for the two menues the rest oft us had a pasta with tomato sauce

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Excellent inventive local cuisine. Sit back and let the owner feed you.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2010

This was the best restaurant I found in Pisa (closely followed by Republica Marinara) having spent the last two weeks here, eating out each night. Don't expect an extensive menu or fancy service and don't be fussy about what you can or can not eat. Just let the owner feed you. This was genuine Pisan, rather than the more widespread but generic Tuscan cuisine, so no dried meats and cheese, but loads of seafood. We were enthralled by a succession of delicious fresh antipasti, followed by a couple of primi (a subtle prawn in orange risotto, and a seafood ravioli) and a couple of secondi (grilled potatos stuffed with fish, and bacallao (salted cod)), finishing with a plate of cakes and a glass of sweet wine. Local wine, a bottle of water, grappa and coffee were all included in a three hour extravaganza costing a very reasonable 35 euro.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Service, Nice Atmosphere, Food Questionable”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

We thought we were in for a real treat when we were greeted by the owner and he was keen to tell us all about his menu which he said was typical of the area. It started well with bruschetta, olives and anchovies given to us with our wine. We felt a bit rushed into choosing our starter of anti-pasta, which turned out to be mediocre. Our second course arrived before we had finished our first course and was thrust upon us even though we pointed out it would go cold. This completely fell upon deaf ears and it was just plonked on the table. All in all this was a very disappointing meal but the owner was very friendly.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice man, nice restaurant, shame about the food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

We visited this restaurant after reading the 2 excellent reviews on here. Unfortunately we didn't have such a successful time with our meals. We had eaten very well so far in Pisa and Siena and this was definitely our worst meal. The restaurant was nearly empty (one other table) and perhaps that should have been a warning....
The antipasti was fine - nothing incredible (we had had the most delicious antipasti the night before in Antica Trattoria il Campano) but very edible. Our waiter, and also the owner brought out some octopus to try which was really nice of him, but unfortunately we didn't like it - none of us are big seafood eaters - and we felt a little uncomfortable as we left the whole dish of it and the owner wasn't particularly impressed.
Our main courses were served before we had finished the antipasti and we asked if he would mind keeping them hot until we had finished our starter and he shrugged us off saying we had nearly finished our starter and put the mains down on the table. 2 of us had a bowl of pasta which, like the antispasti was absolutely edible but nothing amazing (you could buy/cook it exactly the same at home in 2 mins). There was one meal though that was unbelievably bad - thin slices of veal thickly covered in mayonnaise. You couldn't see the meat beause of thick mayonnaise on top - it was so bizarre and tasted disgusting. The person that was given this is a native Italian and none of us had seen anything like it in our lives.
We decided not to complain as the owner had been very helpful and eager and we didn't want to upset him, but when he asked if the meal was OK (as it was uneaten) we said we didn't realise that the veal would be smothered in mayonnaise. Five minutes later, without warning, the owner brought out another main course of veal which was much nicer but still nothing outstanding.
To sum up - there is a nice atmosphere in the restaurant - it's very cosy and a wide choice on the menu but the food wasn't of a very high standard - one of our most expensive meals while on holiday and without a doubt the worst. The owner is SO eager to please which is really nice, but unfortunately I feel that the food was below average. Definitely better restaurants in Pisa.

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