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“Excellent for Italian seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Polpo Mario

Polpo Mario
Ranked #11 of 166 Restaurants in Sestri Levante
Price range: $27 - $67
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent for Italian seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We went four times during an eight day stay. Maybe we are a bit lazy, but the food was simply very nice. In particular, if they have the cuttlefish carpaccio for starters, go for it! Also the pasta and the main courses we had were very good.

Visited August 2013
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“50 minutes for grilled fish plate”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

Went to this restaurant and found the menu with very poor options. Waiters were kind but had no clue what the restaurant had to offer, if you asked: do you have shrimps? They said one minute, disappeared for five minutes and then came back saying no. Do you have melon? I need to ask, they replied. We lastly ordered some very basic plates and a fish griliata for 2. After 50 minutes of waiting for the griliata I decided to stand up and ask what the problem was. The owner came back to our table yelling at us saying that the bill was on them ??! She gave no explanation whatsoever why we never got served and kicked us out of this place. I would say there is definitely better elsewhere. Plus they do not have recipes with octopus, only one or two. Very bad.

  • Visited August 2013
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CantinadelPolpo, Proprietario at Polpo Mario, responded to this review, August 8, 2013

First sorry for my bad English knowledge, I hope to explain correctly our point of view:

We bag your perdon for the delay in serving you our mixed grilled, but we'd like to inform that we have a fixed menù with 8 proposal for each courses (total of 24 dishes) plus a daily menu composed of other 9 proposals... so you can choose between 33 proposals (except desserts) and at least 4 are with octopus... always! The same is for the shrimps... we always have them and in many ways!

Finally the waiter trying to satisfying you ask in the kitchen of other our restaurant some product like melon that is not usually in our menù... I think that It was a friendly action nothing else...

We hope to have you again with us trying to change your opinion

Best wishes

Andrea, Massimo, Federico, Katia
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“There is better in Sestri”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

After returning to Sestri for several summers, we finally tried Polpo Mario. The service was good and the server was able to speak English, which was quite helpful. The trofie al pesto was delicious, but the spaghetti brezza (with clams and mussels) was lacking. Lots of empty shells and the dish was too oily. My husband had tuna with porcini mushroom and found it ok but nothing more. The dessert with strawberries and cream on a puffed pastry was good. The bill was our most expensive in Sestri. Cover charge is 3 euros per person, even for the little ones.

  • Visited July 2013
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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“They try hard”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a restaurant I really wanted to try, as the chef wrote a book titled "I lived on love and octopus" which includes something like 130 recipes for cooking octopus. NB: those are typical old style recipes, not the creative spread of the chef. The base cooking style is indeed typical ligurian, which has its moments - I am from there - but can be boring after a while as it is very, very simple. So at Polpo Mario they try hard to be not-that-boring, by being innovative and liven up the presentation and plating. Well, something they got it right, something they don't, particularly in matching food and sauces / condiments. Service is very kind, and professional. Prices OK for what you get.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

The reputation of the restaurant brings in lots of diners, but we found the limited menu, small portions, fried food served cold and greasy were poor and the place was not up to the standard of several other less well-known seafood restaurants in the town. The food was just not very tasty.
The waiter had great trouble taking a simple order either in English or Italian. However, the manager apologised and deducted a fair amount from the bill.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank victoria202
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