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“ping, goes the microwave”
Review of Cafe des Arts

Cafe des Arts
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 18, 2013

it was our first evening in orta san giulio and we spotted this small restaurant with an inviting patio. we opted for the menu - big mistake. the starter, presumably an assortment of salami, was the oddest and worst i've ever bern presented: 3 small slices of salami stuck in curd together with three cheese crackers and some sort of leftover involtini that could have easily been mistaken for something entirely different. my husband's seafood salad was edible but that was all. the primi piatti came straight from the microwave; they were so fresh we could even hear the "ping" from the kitchen. when i told the owner that this was not at all what i had expected, i was educated this was a traditional dish...yup, courtesy of iceland or bofrost. the vitello tonnato were a few slices if meat covered in mayonnaise straight from the jar. we skipped dessert and passed on the delights of yet another convenience food provider. summary: if you are into microwave dishes - this is the place to go!

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We loved this cafe bar. It is the trendiest in town. The staff were so friendly and helpful and full of information on where to go and what to do around Orta. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Cafe des Arts became our local for a whole week !! Great atmosphere, friendly, polite bar staff and some good music.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

This restaurant looked all right: the fire was burning, the menu had something on it for all of us. But here we had the most awful meal ever. The starters (salads) are fresh, but everything else is prefab food. They knowingly sell micro wave and packaged food against restaurant prices. I have been disappointed in Italy before, but we have never before felt this cheated. DO NOT GO HERE!! This is a disgrace for an attractive village such as Orta and for Italian cuisine in general.

Thank travelculi
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

the cafe des arts was the crem del la crem as a party of sixty six people from dublin and clare the management and all the staff made our stay most enjoybale for the whole week i would just like to say a special thank you yo elvis for the fire every uvening,,frank dunboyne,gratsia,

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Thank kay d
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