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“Not fancy, but great comfort food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Trattoria Molisana

La Trattoria Molisana
Ranked #226 of 1,209 Restaurants in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
UK
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Not fancy, but great comfort food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Don't expect modern cuisine, but if you enjoy hearty, home cooked Italian food then this place is great. Italian Sausage starter is delicious, a generous helping of two large italian sausages with just the right level of spiciness. Mains served with little sauted potatoes and vegetables. Veg was a little overcooked, but veal was great and very generous portion. The desserts were also delicious, tiramisu very good, but the cheesecake was something else. Combine this with superb service and I was won over. Not fancy, but extremely enjoyable nonetheless.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

Been eating here regularly for the last 10 years. This is a family business with the emphasis on good food in a friendly informal environment. Decent vegetarian selection. We also use the takeaway service which is again fantastic. Highly recommend.

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Cardiff
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Lovely food but in need of modernising”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We were welcomed well as a party of 10 and were served promptly. There is a satisfactory selection of drinks and they are well priced.

The menu is very old fashioned and while I would never want the restaurant to lose its old world charm, I would like to see more dishes that people are now enjoying in Italians such as meat antipasto selections.

When the food arrived the portions were very deceiving and we left full. I had the sausage for starter and it was delicious. Everyone commented on how lovely the food was but I could not help feeling that it was missing something; whether this is down to the decor or lack of care on presentation I am not sure.

We really enjoyed the meal and you just have to let the modern world behind you (not necessarily a bad thing)

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“disappointing...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Went as a family party of 5 on the weekend before Christmas, very busy but prompt and polite service. All portions were small and basic (antipasto = 4 slices of salami, 1/2 tinned sardine, few green olives and afew more bits & pieces), lemon chicken unfortunately had no lemon in it (although it passed as chicken in white wine sauce) and I did not have a helpful response from the waiters when this was pointed out. Veg with the meal was very basic (boiled carrots, peas and green beans), did not stay for the dessert/coffee.

Altogether considering the favourable reviews, I was disappointed

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent food for our Christmas staff party”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Hi all. Having used this restaurant several times prior to our latest visit, I must say the food the excellent. Always piping hot when served to the table. Our small group of 10 for our Christmas party really enjoyed ourselves. Plenty of food and an abundance of alcohol was consumed by all. Thanks and merry Christmas and a happy new year for 2013.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Michelle L
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