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“Good restaurant-bar in the center of Helsinki” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Virgin Oil Co.

Virgin Oil Co.
Kaivopiha Mannerheimintie 5, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Vironniemi)
+358 10 7664000
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Ranked #421 of 1,012 Restaurants in Helsinki
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Vironniemi
Description: The only restaurant in the heart of Helsinki that combines American-Italian food, amazing live gigs and a laid-back bar atmosphere. Pizza from a wood burning oven, wine from the barrel, live music upstairs.
Houston, Texas
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“Good restaurant-bar in the center of Helsinki”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is an interesting place to visit. I was there in the afternoon. Looks like it would be a whole different scene at night as the interior is set up as as a small theater or concert hall. Reminds me of a house of blues restaurant in the USA. Food and beers were good. They have outside seating facing the Main Street. I was able to get free wifi outside too. They also had a water cooler where I could replenish my water bottle.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Joensuu, Finland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A great place for pizza!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We liked the cave-like milieu, the barrel wine and obviosly the pizzas! The pizzas weren't the most commonly served hawaii or pollos, which was great, there was a bit more thought in it! Would go back! :)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Varkaus, Finland
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We ate there in july. I took pizza with salami, salsiccia, prosciutto, onion and mozzarella and liked it very much. MY son took chicken fulmini; grilled chicken with creamy chilisauce and linguinepasta and didn`t like so much. It tasted only in chili. But would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for reasonablepriced and tasty pizza.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lancs, England
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“Reasonable pizza. Nice place.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Really liked the inside of this restaurant. Service was excellent. Pizza was ok, not the best but certainly not the worst we've ever had. Price was pretty reasonable given the high prices in helsinki.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Bad, bad, bad Pizza!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I cannot say about the other items on the menu, but the pizza was bad. If this is considered the best pizza in Helsinki, then I really dread about the other places. Helsinki is not exactly a gourmet dining city for any cuisine other than Finnish, so it is not surprising that the pizza here was so bad. Sure they had a wood burning oven, but that is not enough to make a good pizza if you do not have the right ingredients. As one of the reviewers mentioned, the base tastes of biscuit. And the parmesan cheese is cooked into the pizza instead of sprinkling it on top. This is a total no no! You never cook Pramesan. It kills the taste of mozzarella.

The place is quite popular, specially with visitors and tourists. Looking at some of the other tables some of the items like bruschetta, salad, pasta looked more inviting, and perhaps would be a better choice than the pizza.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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