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“Cute inviting place but food thumbs down...”

Trattoria del Tempo Perso
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Varese, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
“Cute inviting place but food thumbs down...”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

Located in Porto Ceresio, is a little cute lakeside town with a nice boardwalk on the lake very close to the Swiss border, well just in front of the lake is located the town of Morcote, already the Swiss part...

There are not many restaurants in this town, around 5 (2 or 3 restaurants, 2 pizzeria eateries, 1 sandwich eatery) and they are always full... Outside of this “trattoria” is just like a normal inviting lakeside restaurant with no direct lake view but hidden behind plants, with their menu exposed; inside nice ambiance, clean, pretty decorated and inspiring... the prices are just those average for a lakeside restaurant, of course not cheap for Italian mid-class standards but maybe good priced for Swiss or German standards ...

Regardless of the prices, their small proposal as classic Italian homemade cooking, well, let's discuss it... We had fried pumpkin blossoms which was just OK (oily); main dish cheese and pepper pasta (bucatini cacio e pepe): the pasta noodles were over-cooked well maybe some people like over-cooked not “al dente”; the ravioli was just OK even though I had the impression that they were not fresh but defrosted but the sage and butter sauce (a classic sauce for the ravioli) noticed that the sage leaves were not fresh but made from frozen (shrink) leaves and currently is summer so plenty of fresh sage leaves can be found... and the “acciughe prezzemolate” which translated literally mean anchovy fillets with parsley.... we expected fresh anchovies cooked or marinated whatever way with parsley or whatever herbs instead they were those taken out from those anchovy fillets in oil jar or can, widely available at the supermarkets... and no trace of parsley... we know very well their flavor since we have those at home too... this dish (cost 9.00 euro and in the supermarket can get them at 3.00 euro more or less and still left over) I would consider it an insult... The dessert? They offer “homemade” cakes but they are those taken out from those ready-to-serve cakes sold widely at the supermarkets (funny because had a slice of that exact cake days ago at home!), so another insult... The wine offered (a white Arneis from Piedmont) is good, selection of wines not bad as well as the service...

Fantastic for those who don't know how Italian cuisine should be; no offense for those who liked and appraised this place as great but in my opinion (and ironic the name of the place as “Time lost” or better “time wasted”) better have a pizza and avoid this place...

  • Visited August 2012
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  • English first
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English first
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice enough place”
Reviewed June 5, 2012 via mobile

Nice place, food was reasonably good but portions on the small side.

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2 Thank Monketee
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