Although only submitting my review now ( had the misfortune to enter premises in October ) I feel as a regular reviewer of restaurants and further more after reading some of the many bad reviews for La Trattoria it is my duty to add my own experience.
To start at the beginning, we were on a short break with family 9 altogether staying at the Riverside Hotel which I can highly recommend for families. We were recommend by a waitress to try La Trattoria which we did on the Tuesday evening. Upon entering the restaurant we found it very empty which we weren't too concerned with as it was a Tuesday. The manager approached and asked how many in our group and we asked for a table for 9. Straight away the manager became very aggressive and said he had no large tables. As I mentioned it was almost empty and plenty of room but the manager did not want to pull up an extra table or chair to accommodate us. As it was late and some of the group where quite old and hungry we decided to stay. Two of the party had to sit at a separate table cut off from the main group.
The food took an eternity to arrive and was just average not special, not what we expected from a genuine Italian establishment more what you would expect from Pizza Hut no offence to Pizza Hut intended. My daughter was left waiting so long for a margarita pizza that everyone else had finished eating. Every time we asked when it would be ready we where brushed off by the less then friendly manager.
Finally after receiving the bill which again was another trial in itself we where handed a scribbled piece of paper with the amount due and told the card machine was out of order and cash only accepted. This can happen sometimes but from what I have heard and other tripadvisor comments this is a regular thing here. Maybe the vat man is due a visit I think.
Overall our visit to La Trattoria was disappointing not because of the food but because of the rude and inhospitable proprietor. As with all bad reviews about this restaurant I look forward to the managers feeble attempt to pass the blame to someone else or call myself and my family a bunch of wasters. Either way I now feel better getting my dining experience at La Trattoria off my chest. On a lighter note we had a great lunch at Kytlers Bar in the town, complete opposite to La Trattoria very friendly and helpful and great value.
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