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“Colabo Restaurant Xi'an” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Isola del Nord Italy Restaurant

Isola del Nord Italy Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 1,653 Restaurants in Xi'an
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Kent,
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Colabo Restaurant Xi'an”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This is a well known restaurant for those in the know. However its location on the 11th floor of a non-descript office building just off North Street is difficult to find, and they certainly don't have passing trade. On our last meal there 75% of the customers were westerners.
Ambience ok , Service ok but they do sometimes take a long time serving drinks, food ok, my wife's pork steak was massive and very tasty. My friends steak was cooked well and presented well. However the base of my pizza was undercooked and a little doughy. Disappointingly the Caesar salad had dried grated parmesan cheese which bears no resemblance to a decent parmesan cheese and the lettuce had been through some type of grinder!!!.(not crisp at all)
When we asked for a second bottle of wine we were told they had run out - oh....
Cost well, by international standards cheapish, but you can eat much better elsewhere for less than half the cost of the Colabo. But we will go again in the future so perhaps I just expect too much for my hard earned cash.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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  • English first
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Hong Kong
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71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great food, unusual setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Located inside an office building and not easy to find. The food was worth the effort. We had steak and pasta and salad, very good quality of food and wine. Service was good. Would go back

Visited June 2013
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Thank Kat P
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Doha, Qatar
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77 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Worth the search!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Not easy to find and up on the 11th floor. However, when you find it you will be pleased you made the effort. Lovely atmosphere created in a small space. Good service and a very acceptable Italian menu. It has the feel of a family run business but it does have five other restaurants scattered around China. Freshly prepared food and drinks at a reasonable price. Try it !

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank HeyJude433
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“average italian”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

After living in China for a few years it is nice to see what the "good" western food is like and this time I have to say it was average. Overall we had the option of going back and chose not too as it really was not that special. If you are on holiday and need a western hit then ok maybe but there are good places in the other western hotels like the sofitel.

Visited May 2013
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Cape Breton
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75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“As good as they say!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The food was excellent, the service was perfect and it was a great evening. It is a bit hard to find,but be persistent it is worth it. It is in the ICBC building and if you stay on the big Main Street and walk across the road then turn into an alley like area and go into the building part straight ahead, the elevators are there. Signage on the 11th floor is good. We had lasagna, spaghetti and penne and all were excellent. We did not have salad ,but it looked amazing. A great western treat!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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