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“Practiced indifference, well honed arrogance”
Review of Osteria da Mariano

Osteria da Mariano
Ranked #188 of 681 Restaurants in Syracuse
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

The staff in this restaurant are arrogant and completely disinterested in service, at one point the staff even took the plate while I was eating. The small things like a smile and a welcome are completely missing. The food was ok but overpriced. Overall we had to laugh at the complete disdain of the client

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Thank Paul h
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Difficult to assess! The persuasive and charming owner is always on hand to help you through the menu. The food was excellent although my wife's main course was somehow overlooked and eventually served when I had almost finished. The service was therefore a little chaotic but there was an excuse because a table of around 18 arrived just after us. It was therefore not fine dining but in a charming way it was not so bad to get upset about, hence my first comment. The owner was a constant presence to everyone in the restaurant and despite the slip ups with service it was an experience. In terms of quality and value of the food we could have no complaints. The place was full on almost every night we passed and perhaps the service element really is a true Sicilian experience. Worth a try just for that but don't get too upset if things go wrong!

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Thank Treworder
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

What a fun, typical Italian trattoria. Lots of noise, outdoor seating, crazy people, great food, good prices!

Thank skipnsal72
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Tried this place as it was recommended by some friends who had been recently but have to say that it was a total letdown.
Service was abysmal, they really couldn't care less.
Food was the worst we experienced in Ortigia. We had some rank spaghetti with sardines, followed by grilled swordfish. The pasta dish was awful, covered in some weird powder with a terrible flavour. The swordfish was totally overdone.
Yes, it's on the cheap side, but there are many other places you could eat for the same price in the area with much better food and service.
I can only assume that this place really is hit and miss as it was recommended by someone who I would think are a decent judge of a restaurant, but we won't be returning after our experience.

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Thank Gd_Service_Please
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Yes the service sucks because the restaurant is overcrowded.

Yes it seems the owner is making a fool of you (and I still wonder if he didn't).

But, every single dish we had was excellent and it's really cheap (45 euros for two, antipasti + main course + dessert + water). Almond wine and ginger sweets as compliment from the house.

Just give it a try !

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1  Thank funnylicious
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