Judging by the reviews you may be lulled into thinking here we have the perfect Italian slap bang in the middle of the wonderful Stratford upon Avon. And many, like us, no doubt, will visit on that strength even given the wealth of other eating options in town.
First impressions are of an up market mid size restuarant with white cotton tablecloths and a rack of good wine adorning the wall. It's a decent if little bright ambience and on a rainy Saturday night was only modestly half full.
Second impression is that on our night at least there was not one Italian accent to be found. Mostly eastern european and one very nice lady who sounded English. Have you ever been to an Italian not run by Italians? Small point but it came to sum up the whole non authentic experience.
Then to the menu or menus, for we were given a folder whose wine listing was five times the length of the food options and a scrappy piece of printed A4 with specials on. All highlight the two course / three course price options like this is some tourist gaff in Leicester Sq. Less a la carte and more "you're on a tight budget so let's make it easy". Once you've worked out what could go with what, so to the food itself.
The salad that came with the mozzarella was pitiful and without dressing - a few pieces of lettuce and ribbon carrots and onion. The sort you would expect at a motorway service station - even McDonalds does better. The pasta main was a plain plate of penne in a basic tomato sauce and the pork escalaope, dry and sprinkled with rocket even though it had the accompanying salad, - again as above.
The wait staff were so unbusy and disorganised we were offered pepper twice and to pay the bill twice but throughout you could catch their eye for service and they ignored you.
Maybe it was an off night all round and the normal chef had the night off to watch the fireworks?
The poorest Italian ever eaten in and for the price even given its budget course options, a waste of good money.
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