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“Rather Average Food”

SA Piola Restaurant
Ranked #101 of 1,023 Restaurants in Cagliari
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Tipicall freshest ingredients dance from the market on the cutting board and jump in the pan, to give somersaults to your palate.Dal mercato freschissimi ingredienti della Tradizione danzano sul tagliere e saltano in padella, per regalare capriole al tuo palato.
Reviewed May 30, 2012

We went to this restaurant expecting to have superb food based on the recommendations that we had seen in the guidebooks. However, for the price we found to food rather mediocre. The location is a nice "hole in the wall" type restaurant in a narrow alleyway and is nicely decorated. As noted in other reviews, the owner seemed to be more interested in chatting with his friends rather than serving guests. We had the house wine, which was rather sweet and mentioned this to the owner. He said that most people do not line dry wines, but took other old carafe away and poured two glasses of drier wine but did not bring us a carafe. Since we were not too hungry, two of us had the daily fish, which was tasty and well cooked but the portions were rather small, pasta and a soup. The total bill came to 70 Euros.

This was certainly not the best Sardinian food we had in Cagliari .

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Thank Eddy T
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

Whilst in Cagliari we visited this small restaurant which is located in a side street off Viale Santa Margherita (Just walk up the hill from the Piaza Yenne on the right hand side of the road and check the side alleys for some pot plants and a little restaurant board).

It appears the chef may also be the owner and he is a really friendly guy who speaks pretty good English. He is very keen to chat to all of his customers and is happy to help explain the menu as it's only in Italian. There was another waiter who appeared a bit "unfriendly" at first, but I think he's just being very formal and he soon relaxed and was nice to talk to.

The food was excellent, with good choices, the service was very quick and the wine is nice.

We noticed there seemed to be a lot of regulars returning as the chef seemed to know them so that is a good sign of returning customers. There is a nice atmosphere there.

When we left the restaurant the chef ran out to say goodbye as he was busy with a customer as we were leaving which just shows what a nice guy he is.

I would highly recommend this place. It's not the cheapest place, but worth a visit.

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1  Thank Philip_Birmingham
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Cagliari, or Sardegna for that matter, is an excellent place to eat, great fresh food, be it meat or seafood. Sa Piola is a nice small restaurant with good food but nothing to scream about. We spent 2 weeks travelling around Sardegna with 3 days in Cagliari and this is one of the 2 places I wouldn't recommend.
The owner/ server, while friendly, is too busy attending to his friends and regulars to pay us much attention. Dirty plates stayed on the table for at least 10mins with small flies flying around. Coffee took 30 mins to arrive, I guess he forgot. We were being stared at by a couple of tables, no idea why, maybe coz we were the only one not speaking italien. Believe me, it was not comfortable eating through 3 courses while being stared at. We spent 120 euros for 2 and living in Paris, it's not expensive. However compared to other meals we had in Cagliari, it was not a place we wanna go again.

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Thank TravelSofia
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

Lovely cosy venue, great house wine!!! We had starter, main, dessert, a few drinks on the house...and we were guessing it would cost around 90 to 100 BUT it only came to 70!! Absolutely Fantastic!! Also, the address(thanks to an earlier comment) is Santa Margherita...A bit hidden away but ask around there and they will direct you :)

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Thank boogert1980
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

We arrived after finding the correct address via Google, by the way it's Vico SANTA Margherita and not Vico REGINA. Just a small difference but the distance between both is considerable!
The staff was super friendly and we order the 'traditional' antipasto for two, more than enough! The dishes just came rolling in, it was delightful. We had a local red wine, slightly cooled (this was August) and a heavenly home made tiramisu for dessert. Fantastic! Ah, just remembered that when our 2 year old daughter woke up at 3pm they went quickly into the kitchen and prepared her a nice plate of local pasta. Very helpful staff.
It wasn't expensive, around 45 euro per adult with 22 euro wine, dessert and coffee.

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Thank jmurias
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