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“Can't understand the rave reviews”
Review of IL Terrazzo

IL Terrazzo
Ranked #3 of 1,204 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Victoria
Level 6 Contributor
71 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Can't understand the rave reviews”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

We've lived in Victoria for many years but had not eaten at Il Terrazzo before. As a regular TA user, the rave reviews piqued my interest and my husband and I had dinner there last week. The restaurant was crowded, so it's clearly popular. We waited 15 minutes to be seated even though we had reservations. The food was strangely not very Italian. The calamari appetizer was swimming in an overpowering cilantro sauce. The scallop and tuna appetizer was likewise drowned in an exceedingly salty soy sauce and sesame seed sauce. Examples of Italian-Asian fusion dishes that did not work and showed little understanding of either Italian or Asian cuisine! Next courses of rissotto was so salty as to be almost inedible and the pork scallopine suffered from a heavy breading and came with overcooked boring carrots and broccoli. The only part of dinner we enjoyed was the bread basket and the nice tapenade (and the bottle of perfectly chilled pinot grigio)! In short, I can't understand the rave reviews. Please give your business to the other many wonderful restaurants in Victoria and don't waste your time and money at Il Terrazzo.

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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“This one should not be missed”
Reviewed July 20, 2011

Probably one of the best dinner experiences we have had in Victoria would not be an over statement. While somewhat crowded and noisy the physical surroundings were none the less trendy and comfortable. Without going into to much detail everything presented on the table was nothing less than outstanding. Do yourself a favor and visit this great establishment.

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Waynesville,NC & Naples, FL
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“One of the Best I've Eaten At, In a Long Time...”
Reviewed July 19, 2011

Il Terrazzo was rec'd by good friends, whom had been there a year ago; one never knows what kind of changes a restaurant will go through a year later. We had just come off an Alaskan cruise, and were tired of 'boat food'. We made a rez, walked from a hotel in downtown Victoria, and enjoyed every minute and every bite. Wait stuff was pro and helpful. Had a marvelous meal of possibly the best venison, (on pasta), I have ever had. We were allowed to linger, as they closed that eve at 8:00 promptly, so check the time per date(s). Not cheap, but reasonable for quality of service, food, etc. Eat on the 'patio' if you can. Get directions, walking or driving, as it is tucked off an alley.Highly rec'd, and I've been laboring through 'restaurants' for 40 yrs, but this one is very, very well done, imo. GL, mD

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New Market, Maryland
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“My taste buds are still deliriously happy!”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

Small, cozy, beautiful, extraordinary service by very gifted staff both in the front and back of the house. The bartender was extremely kind and helpful. One of the best Italian restaurants in North America. Can't wait to go back!

  • Visited July 2011
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“Best Salad Caprese Ever”
Reviewed July 16, 2011

I've eaten Salad Caprese around the globe and the Il Terrazzo served the best I've ever had! The buffallo mozarella was so fresh it melted in my mouth! There was plenty of fresh basil. The balsamic vinegar was top quality. I also enjoyed an excellent italian sausage risotto (amazingly the cilantro in it worked!). Everyone in my party of seven loved their meals. The martinis were excellent too. The restaurant was packed, lots of energy, and a warm brick and wood low-light atmosphere. It's reputation is well-deserved. The only problem we encountered was our waiter ...who was a bit 'short' at times... but he was clearly very busy! All in all, an excellent dinner out!

  • Visited July 2011
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