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“not so good”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of C'era Una Volta

C'era Una Volta
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Ranked #16 of 246 Restaurants in Alameda
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Alameda Avenue
Transit: C'era Una Volta Italian Restaurant in Alameda, one block from AC Transit Bus lines O, OX, 20, 21, 51A. BART connections available for each bus line. Bus 51A from Berkeley to Alameda via Downtown Oakland. Bus 20 & 21 from Fruitvale BART Station to Downtown Alameda in 10 min.
bay area
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“not so good”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2008

so "once upon a time" (c'era una volta) usually starts off a good story with a happy ending, not so much here. This place looks the part, charming, rustic, italian restaurant, friendly staff that greets you with italian phrases, but the most important thing in a restaurant should be the food and that is what was absolutely terrrible.
I knew right away when they brought the bread to the table and it wasn't even good french bread, with bland flavorless olive oil in a dish with a scoop of horseradish in it, what? never seen that before,that was the first bad sign,...it's like the chips and salsa in a mexican restaurant, if that's not good it usually tells you that nothing else will be good either...so we ordered 2 of the specials on a not so busy saturday night 1) grilled scallops over romaine which were not cooked all the way and were too salty and 2) the ribeye which is always a favorite in any other place, but this one was simply blah- no flavor whatsoever, wouldn't even give that to the dog- and we ordered the lobster raviolis, okay, I'm sorry but a ravioli should not be hard around the edges, yuk!
The best thing we ordered was the warm spinach salad, and the wine was okay. All in all it was a big disapointment! and for the price we could have had an excellent meal at B in downtown oakland, which I highly recommend,or anywhere else, CHECK PLEASE! and the rating is 2 thumbs down!

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
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English first
Alameda, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Best Italian in town.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2008

Best Italian in town.

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