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“Over-priced average Italian food!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cardinalli Italian Restaurant

Cardinalli Italian Restaurant
14 av, 3-25, zona1, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Delivery
Description: Located in the heart of the old part of Quetzaltenango
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“Over-priced average Italian food!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is nicely decorated with italian stuff all over and friendly staff, however, all dishes are relatively expensive and the two we tried did not deliver good value for that money. The tagliatelle with ham and peas (85Q) was in a nice creamy sauce but the ham was of such poor quality (and completely pink) and the peas were dry and not doing anything good in there. The second dish was a salami pizza that for 95Q was expected to be great. Again we got dissapointed as it was swimming in cheese, not baked enough and was generally just a mediocre pizza. The place seems to have an ambition of serving really italian quality food but does not deliver...

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Pretty good Italian restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Expensive, but good pizza. And the pizzas are also quite big. Absolutely worth it if you crave pizza in Guatemala!

Visited January 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Looks I-Talian, needs work.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

As they say in Guate, "es muy simpatico!" As the decor and atmosphere gives you lots of things to distract you from a long day of sight seeing and possibly hiking.

The menu is quite extensive, with lots of pizza combos and dishes with seafood.

We didn't try the seafood dishes, as we tend to stay away from such items unless we're close to the source. Instead we ordered a Margarita pizza, which my husband took issue with, as it wasn't a "standard" Margarita style pizza. I had no issues, as the menu clearly stated its ingredients to be not unlike a simple cheese pizza, so I was satisfied.

We also ordered a different pasta dish which thankfully we shared as it was really much heavier than I should have had, but that was my issue, not the restaurant.

Regarding the staff, they were great! Polite, prompt, and exhibited grace under pressure. The neighboring party made me cringe when I saw fellow U.S. citizens make major social faux pas towards the other waiter who was taking care of them.

It always amazes me when people from the U.S. are ignorant of those in the service industry, especially in 3rd world countries. On this occasion, the large party of 12, wanted to leave dollars as tip, which might seem generous, however their glaring ignorance of the extra effort required to exchange international currency and then to state aloud that they would just hand off their left overs to "some of the homeless people on the street" was embarrassing. However, their waiter did his job with grace, to which we later complemented him on.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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“Try the calzone, menu item #19”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Bennie Cardinalli, the owner of Cardinalli's Italian Restaurant, has been in Quetzaltenango (Xela) for many years and puts a lot of effort into putting out a quality product. He is originally from Italy, as are all of the ingredients in his dishes, except for the vegetables. The atmosphere is charming, with hundreds of empty wine bottles hanging from the wall and, of course, portraits of Christopher Columbus and Frank Sinatra.

I ate lunch at Cardinalli's (as it is better known) on Saturday, June 30, 2012. I had a calzone (menu item #19, Q78), and a Canada Dry ginger ale (Q11). Disappointingly, there was no ice available for the drink. The price seemed high for the calzone, but it was delicious and HUGE. I was not hungry again for the rest of the day. A Q9 tip was included with the bill, bringing the total to Q98. I can't afford to eat there every day, but it is a nice place for a special treat from time to time. Diners should be aware that a 10% tip (propina) is normally included in the bill, so include that fact in your calculations as you leave the table.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good Pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

A proper well established Italian restaurant owned by an Italian from New York. Not cheap though.

Visited March 2012
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