We visited twice, the fist for lunch before we had read any reviews. We had a good experience but afterward read "eevis" review and wondered how our experience could be so different! So we visited again, this time for dinner! Everything on the menu was priced, the serving staff were helpful and prices, while on the higher side, were on a par with other good restaurants in Vientiane. The exchange rates used were the standard, at 8,000 kip to the US dollar, 240 kip to the baht! So perhaps "eevis" review made a difference!
The place is new and still very bright and fresh. The walls are decorated with large murals of imaginary Italian scenes from the renaissance (or thereabouts) and the furniture is comfortable and functional, with tables well spaced. Service is good but not overpowering and while the staff are clearly not native English (or Italian!) speakers their grasp of the language is on a par with elsewhere in Vientiane.
The menu is not big, but covers a good range of dishes. All the food we had was fresh and tasty and with appropriate sized servings. There was a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and a wine list with a small range of white and slightly larger range of reds. The cheapest white, one French and one Chilean, were about half the price you would pay elsewhere in Laos, and there were equally cheap, reasonable quality reds, though there were also much higher priced but quality wines available. Red and white house wines of reasonable quality were available by the glass or carafe at average prices.
It is always difficult to compare prices in Vientiane because so many factors are involved, but our impression is that this is on the higher end of the midrange grouping. Some of the other Italian places here (and they are aiming at a gourmet market) are very much more expensive.
All in all a pleasant place to enjoy good food and wine in an unpretentious atmosphere.
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