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“Really good restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Il Folletto

Il Folletto
Drabstraat 30, Ghent 9000, Belgium
09/ 234 32 85
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Ranked #45 of 560 Restaurants in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Antwerp, Belgium
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369 helpful votes 369 helpful votes
“Really good restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

It's really a lovely place in the town centre of Ghent. It's a cosy italian restaurant with a good vibe. The staff was very friendly. Make sure you make a reservation because it was very busy even during the week. First i had a antipasta. It was very tasty. The pizza was delicious. The housewine is a must-try. This restaurant is good place to relax with friends and have a nice evening.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
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Doha
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We love Italian food so when we saw this restaurant on a Wednesday we wanted to get in.

Unfortunately, it was full of guests and we could not get a table so we decided to come back the next day. Since the menu looked good and there were loads of people inside the restaurant, we kinda had an impression that it must be a good restaurant.

Reviews from tripadvisor ranked the restaurant as number 4 in Ghent, therefore we were further convinced to come back.

We got in the next day and since it was not too busy, we were seated immediately. We gave our orders and got our anti-pasti quite quickly. The anti-pasti was good, not excellent.

And the good stuff ends there.

The bad service started with the bread and butter being served, with no plates to eat them with. No olive oil offered neither any other condiments normally offered in an Italian restaurant.

We ordered white wine and it came out warm. We ordered pasta and we got a penne pasta that was barely cooked (not even al-dente) for the Amatriciana, and an overcooked spaghetti noodles from the day menu. We ordered a coke, and sure enough, it was also luke warm.

There is only one wait staff who seems to be overworked. The manager was very friendly with locals and friends but did not pay attention to us and other guests. Service to locals was clearly far better and faster but not for tourists who are also paying the same amount of money.

Overall impression: bad service, poor quality of food, not the pleasant experience we expected.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Lancs, England
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“Excellent authentic pizza.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

Pizza how it should be. Nice Italian restaurant. Pizzas were superb and huge. Draught beer was poor though considering what you can get in the bars around Ghent.
Service was good and it's well priced.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Purcellville, VA
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8 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“An Italian Gem in Ghent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Small, quiet restaurant with charming ambience. We had delicious pizza (each ordered a pie, but one is large enough to share, especially with a salad or antipasto) and the very satisfactory house red wine. Monday at 7 pm was a good time to eat: the museums are closed Mondays and the tourist traffic is nil. The restaurant was sparsely filled with locals and the service was excellent and prompt.

  • Visited June 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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Worcester Park
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Nice Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Good italian food and wine - reasonable prices - good atmosphere. You may need to book if arriving later in the evening.

Visited April 2012
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