On our last night in Aruba we decided to do Italian. Our hotel recommended Hostaria da Vittorio, so we decided to give it a try. We were able to get a 7:15 reservation. Glad we did because later in the evening the place got packed. First, many have commented on the lack of service. I am going to have to agree. The hostess/greeter can only be described as aloof. Never smiled once, but was efficient in checking our name off the reservation list and getting us seated. He didn't look very happy.
We decided on the enclosed patio, which was very nice. Our waiter took a little while to get to us. We had to ask for the wine list twice. Waited and finally a different waiter came to take our order. We did make some changes to the menu items and he seemed fine with that. Delivered the salad and then we had to wait for the dressing. We had to ask for pepper and cheese for our entree. We had to ask about dessert. After the waiter listed the options for dessert, we asked for a minute to think about it. After repeatedly walking by us, we had to wave him down to let him know we were ready to order dessert. He was too busy setting up tables for a large group. I would describe the service as scattered and inattentive. Most of the waiters seemed like they were not having a good time either. A suggestion, might be to hire some people to bus the tables and pour water. Seems like the waiters did everything and that impacted service.
Now for the food. It was very, very good. Salad was fresh, the bread was warm and delicious. Both our pasta main dishes were very good. The pasta was cooked perfectly for me. We ordered home made ice cream for dessert and again it was very yummy and served with fresh berries. The portions were also a very good size. Overall, the food was excellent. What was lacking for us was the service and warmth. And if the waiters would smile more that would make a big difference too. I think if the place got a better manager and they could improve and be rated excellent in my book.
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