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“An Italian oasis in Xian” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Isola del Nord Italy Restaurant

Isola del Nord Italy Restaurant
XiHuaMen 1 KaiAi Mansion b Tower 11 Floor, Xi'an, China (Formerly Colabo Italy Restaurant)
029-87201501,029-87201502
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Ranked #3 of 1,596 Restaurants in Xi'an
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Sao Paulo, SP
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“An Italian oasis in Xian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant is a great option if you want to take a break from Chinese cousine. They serve a great variety of salads, soups, pasta, pizza, lasagnas and other Italian main courses. Place is clean and reliable, we went there 2 times in a row. They also have good australian, american and european wines for reasonable prices. Great choice, tricky to find, since you basically have to enter into a commercial building and go up the elevator to a floor full of offices, the restaurant is located among them.

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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Robina, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Above average but could be better”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

House red wine according to the boss, was good.
Tried the fruit beer recommended, palatable but too sweet for me.
Draught tap was quite good.
Service was attentive, good & not over bearing, with good comprehension.

Preferred 1/2 chicken was going to take 45 minutes....steak not too long.
Asked for medium rare fillet mignon changed to medium on reconsidering....received not much more than "blue" but I enjoyed & about the right size serving with a small vegetable medley.

Bosses Potato & Fish pizza was not a bad combo but the pastry was undercooked & there was little fish.

We did not express any dissatisfaction with our meals but when asked on leaving was told they had trouble getting the Pizza oven hot enough.

Strange admission for an Italian specialty restaurant!

Overall good but is expensive by local standards or equivalent quality local food outlets.

Is located diagonally across the road from the Ramada then behind the ICBC Bank & as others have indicated is somewhat difficult to find.

Very clean western style toilet is kind of unique in this region.

Most likely we will dine there again.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Aptos, California
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Very unexpected good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

As we walked out of this restaurant, we saw a few groups of Westerns like us, found this place. Good food and simple deco with fairly good services. Food are fairly priced and freshly preped. No Italian chefs but young Chinese guys. You would have a peaceful evening away from all the crows and smoking. Deserts are great as well. If must suggest some, breads could be more authentic, the restroom door should always be closed.

  • Visited October 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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“A great surprise!fine authentic italian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

After several days of stricrly chinese food we craved for some good italian.(no,pizza hut is NOT italian).located close to the bell tower but on a slightly strange locatio,inside an office building.food is delocious,thin crust pizza and good pasta.price was acttually fair,considering the many imported ingredients.go there if u can!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“location unexpected, but absolutely a very good idea, perfect experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

As a non Chinese its a bit of an adventure to find the place but simply ask somebody to write it down in Chinese characters and it will work with every taxi driver. Do not be surprised that for you feeling you enter an office building with some semi dark places, at the end it will work (there are some singes outsides who confirm that you are on the right track.)

Excellent Italian food, in general its a good idea to share a dish with two people and order the next one after have eaten the first one. We had 4 dishes after each other and all have been very satisfactory.

You can order a bottle of wine (we think) or choose for unlimited drinking (120 rmb per person) This will give you a choice of 6 excellent wines by the class All served on the right temperature

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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