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“Great view from the restaurant” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Il covo del pirata

Il covo del pirata
Via Vittorio Emanuele 59, Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #32 of 85 restaurants in Cefalu
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
devon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great view from the restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Lovely view out over the water from the restaurant - though I think this is typical of many of the seafront restaurants in Cefalu. I tried the Tagliatelle covo del pirata which was delicious. Good value for money compared to some of the other restaurants in the same area.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Best place to eat in Cefalu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is the best place to eat in Cefalu. The restaurant overlooks the beach with a view over the sea. We went there twice in four days - the food is great.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Fantastic view from the terrace - with bad food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We have been in this restaurant with friends in January 2013. Luckily it was warm enough to sit outside in the terrace. The terrace is great, the view is very special: you sit just over the sea and under the sun. But basically it was one of the very few things we liked about the restaurant. Service and waiters were nice. But with food there was a problem. I had pasta with fish which was tasty and I would rate it as solid 4 stars. But my friends ordered 1) prawns which were undercooked and looked really stale (or I don't know how to explain not very fresh and appealing "appearance" of the dish) and 2) swordfish which looked ok but a person who ordered it said that it was basically tasteless. So I would at least not recommend to order prawns at that place - after our own experience... Is not very cheap place for a small Sicilian city - so the food could have been of a better quality.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Molto buono”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

First time we went was in October 2012 and were fortunate enough to have a table by the open window with great views of the old port. We both had seafood risotto as a main and this was very good; rice had a good texture and flavour was excellent. House wine, however, wasn't special. Although pretty busy (lunchtime) service was excellent. We next went with some friends in December 2012 and were the only ones in that evening. Again, it was very good food - we all had a local fish - and the wine better this time. They looked after us very well with some (libero) additional items such as bruschetta and marsala. However, one criticism in respect of the December visit, the restaurant was a touch cold.

  • Visited December 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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Went there twice.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The first time i went was for dinner and was okay, but i thought the service was a 'little' bit slow - considering we were only 3 guests in all. Also the bottle of water i got was to old, when pointed out, the waiter didn't semm to think it was much of a deal - maybe not - but i couldn't help but thinking, that if the water is too old, what else is they being sloppy about!?
The restaurant is in my opinion very kitsch going on ugly, and fells like they've been stuck in the 1970's, but other than that, it's kind of okay - they should however, change the plastic flowers on the tables with some fresh ones.
The food was surprisingly good!
The second time around was for lunch, and they have opened up the outdoor seating area - which is a terrasse right above the water.
Sitting there eating spaghetti carbonara followed by the most delicious tiramisu ever, while listening to the waves and enjoying the most amazing view - made it the absolutely best meal i've had in Cefalú.
I recommend the swordfish, spaghetti carbonara and ofcourse the tiramisu :)

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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