The Italian restaurant Bella Sardegna profiles itself as a real Italian restaurant on their web site; the restaurant exists since 1981. Sitting in the restaurant you observe the open kitchen; Italian is spoken by the staff. Why is it that in the Netherlands the "Italian" in the Italian restaurants is on the surface only; Bella Sardegna is no exception. The fact that Italian speaking staff is present in the kitchen makes the disappointment for customers who are familiar with Italian culture even more profound. To summarize: No table cloth on the table, not even place mats. Standard the pizzas in Bella Sardegna are made with Edam cheese. When you penetrate this secret and ask for mozzarella, you are charged an additional 2 Euros for the privilege, which in Italy is basic pizza preparation. Furthermore, salami is routinely substituted by an inferior Dutch variety, called "cervelaat". The "Saltimbocca Romana" I ordered was a very casual interpretation of the original recipe. Yes, there was meat in the dish, and ham and somewhere sage, but I am sorry, but it was nowhere near what I have enjoyed in Italy. For dessert, the ice cream seemed a bit off and the panna cotta was no show stopper. Where I have to compliment the restaurant was with the excellent service. As value for money, that is always a problem in the Netherlands even if you can look back on a satisfactory meal, so I can't recommend Bella Sardegna on that point either.
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