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“TERRIBLE food, felt sick hours later”

Spizzica al Vecchio Lavatoio
Ranked #513 of 671 Restaurants in Syracuse
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 16, 2013

We should have known it was a trap for tourists, but we gave it a try.
Regretted it.
- Spaghetti with seafood and pistachioes(13 euros): a minuscule portion of overcooked low-quality spaghetti, with a sauce that was more like broth. Seafood consisted of small supermarket shrimps and one not exactly fresh bigger shrimp. No pistachioes.
- Carpaccio di pesce (raw fish) (14 euros): four DRY thin slices of some white fish, four SMELLY thin slices of OLD tuna, and, and here I was outraged, supermarket smoked salmon they tried to insist it was raw and fresh.
- asked for ice three times and it never came.
Later that day, both my partner and I (we had both eaten both dishes) had a stomachache and belly-ache - and got quite scared as it involved potentially dangerous non-fresh raw fish.

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Thank Cam789
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Dined at Vecchio Lavatoio after spending 11 days in different parts of Sicily. Decided for this resturant because of the amazing view and the cozy charming atmosphere right on the seafront where you can see the sunset. Had the fresh dorado with grilled vegetables and was the best fish I had in Sicily. Great service and reasonably priced. The owner of the resturant Michele was there to greet and talk to the customers... very welcoming.

This was one of the best resturant I've been in sicily and will definitely return when I visit the area again. Highly recommended.

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1  Thank globe_trotter3388
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The restaurant is right alongside the waterfront and the tables have a lovely view of the bay and walkers from the shade. However, the wait staff is rushed and indifferent, the food is thrown together, and the bill had several items that didn't actually arrive. The staff corrected the errors, but that precipitated an argument among themselves about who was responsible. There are better places within easy walking distance.

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2  Thank DaveH-ExPat
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Here the spot beside the sea makes it great. The food was above average and the wine OK but sittting in such a tranquil place made it all better.

Thank Bob C
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Very good fishy antipasti. Swordfish and tuna, similarly, carefully cooked, fresh and tasty. Bit the pizzas were dreadful and I am puzzled by the previous revue. The dough was too thick and lacked a decent crust - under-cooked. Toppings were bland. The taking of the order was efficient and smiling, but thereafter, service was slow (getting extra bottles of water proved almost impossible) and we waited ages for our bill. Repeated requests were ignored for a good 25 minutes before we had to take matters into our own hands. They were very busy and appeared to have insufficient staff.

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Thank Tim W
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