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“Disappointing”
Review of Chez Mario

Chez Mario
Ranked #67 of 697 Restaurants in Lausanne
Price range: $14 - $36
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Since 1958, the first pizzeria from Switzerland "Chez Mario" welcomes its guests every day in a spirit of pure Italian tradition based on the values of simplicity, quality and service, always at the best prices. ATTENTION: Kitchen closes 30 minutes before closing.
Lausanne, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

I have been many times to this restaurant, it actually used to be my favorite. The location is great and the inside is very nice.
However, the last few times that I went I kept being disappointed. The restaurant has become a victim of its success and the management does not seem to be able to handle it. It is very often fully booked with a really high turnover which makes your dining experience the opposite of agreable. It has become very noisy and packed, you don't even have space to put your bag on the floor. Waiters are nice but very stressed and eager to throw you out.
The food quality has also become very average, and the portions much smaller. We once ordered risotto which had been kept so long into water it was more of a congee.
I definitely avoid this restaurant in the future and focus on discovering new ones in Lausanne.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Natacha R
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome pizza!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

The best pizza in Lausanne. Can either dine in or take away. Fun staff and great location. Bella Italia is a must have pizza, worth every franc!!

  • Visited September 2013
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8 Thank Lauren H
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The best affordable pizza in Lausanne”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

Large selection of pizza's that do not cost you an arm and a leg. This is the place where I normally go for quality food and relaxed atmosphere. The grafitti on the wall gives the place a down-to-earth, warm feeling.
Of course it is not top of the line dining, but I have not found a better place than this one in Lausanne, where they serve better pizza.

  • Visited March 2013
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10 Thank Jeroen L
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airport city
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Far far to be an italian pizza.”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Expensive and bad pizza ( if you know how a good pizza should be like ). The place is fun you can graff on the wall whatever comes to mind.
What about get a proper italian cook? The south american waiter didn't know what a caffe macchiato was. Mario, vai ad aosta che e vicino e impara a fare una pizza!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Picokg
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Lausanne, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Pizza in the heart of Lausanne!”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Chez Mario is an excellent venue for a relaxed night with friends or colleagues in a prime location in Lausanne. The restaurant is almost always busy and filled with locals.

The pizzas are feshly made in a stone oven. A thin crust, large diameter, generous toppings and the generally high swiss prices make this an affordable and well valued option.
Despite the apparent success of the pizzas some other dishes are not quite as well executed, a colleague of mine ordered a pasta dish and received an overcooked and already cold dish.

The service itself is efficient and friendly and adds to the cosy atmosphere of this restaurant.

I myself have returned several times to this restaurant and will not change this. The pizza is good and the atmosphere is perfect for friends and other informal occasions.

  • Visited December 2012
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5 Thank TravelTim123
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