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“Great affordable Italian lunch in Ghent.”
Review of Il Folletto

Il Folletto
Ranked #30 of 879 Restaurants in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great affordable Italian lunch in Ghent.”
Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

We were searching for something cheap and tasty in Ghent. We chose this restaurant based on its trip advisor reviews. It lived up to its reputation. The servers speak mostly Italian, which was refreshing after struggling with Dutch throught the previous few days. The daily pasta special was Paccheri with Riccotta for 9 eU. It was delicious. We also had the pizza with arugula and eggplant. There isn't an english menu, but if you're familiar with Italian food you'll be able to translate most of it. Plus, they seemed very nice and willing to help. Loved it.

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Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Antwerp, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
376 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 385 helpful votes
“Really good restaurant”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

It's really a lovely place in the town centre of Ghent. It's a cosy italian restaurant with a good vibe. The staff was very friendly. Make sure you make a reservation because it was very busy even during the week. First i had a antipasta. It was very tasty. The pizza was delicious. The housewine is a must-try. This restaurant is good place to relax with friends and have a nice evening.

  • Visited August 2012
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Doha
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We love Italian food so when we saw this restaurant on a Wednesday we wanted to get in.

Unfortunately, it was full of guests and we could not get a table so we decided to come back the next day. Since the menu looked good and there were loads of people inside the restaurant, we kinda had an impression that it must be a good restaurant.

Reviews from tripadvisor ranked the restaurant as number 4 in Ghent, therefore we were further convinced to come back.

We got in the next day and since it was not too busy, we were seated immediately. We gave our orders and got our anti-pasti quite quickly. The anti-pasti was good, not excellent.

And the good stuff ends there.

The bad service started with the bread and butter being served, with no plates to eat them with. No olive oil offered neither any other condiments normally offered in an Italian restaurant.

We ordered white wine and it came out warm. We ordered pasta and we got a penne pasta that was barely cooked (not even al-dente) for the Amatriciana, and an overcooked spaghetti noodles from the day menu. We ordered a coke, and sure enough, it was also luke warm.

There is only one wait staff who seems to be overworked. The manager was very friendly with locals and friends but did not pay attention to us and other guests. Service to locals was clearly far better and faster but not for tourists who are also paying the same amount of money.

Overall impression: bad service, poor quality of food, not the pleasant experience we expected.

  • Visited August 2012
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Lancs, England
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Excellent authentic pizza.”
Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

Pizza how it should be. Nice Italian restaurant. Pizzas were superb and huge. Draught beer was poor though considering what you can get in the bars around Ghent.
Service was good and it's well priced.

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Purcellville, VA
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“An Italian Gem in Ghent”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

Small, quiet restaurant with charming ambience. We had delicious pizza (each ordered a pie, but one is large enough to share, especially with a salad or antipasto) and the very satisfactory house red wine. Monday at 7 pm was a good time to eat: the museums are closed Mondays and the tourist traffic is nil. The restaurant was sparsely filled with locals and the service was excellent and prompt.

  • Visited June 2012
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