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“No need to return”
Review of Osteria La Civetta

Osteria La Civetta
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Ranked #21 of 164 Restaurants in Falmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Connecticut
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292 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“No need to return”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Heading through town, there are a number of eateries, this is not the one we intended to eat at, and would not need to sample again. There were just a few tables seated, many empty, but we were made to wait standing until the lackluster server finally took her time to seat us. But we waited because the bread looked really good, and the crispy flaked pastry snacks laid out in the window of the bar looked really really tasty (they turned out to be the best part of the experience).
The pasta is recommended because it's all freshly made on the premises. Maybe that's true at some point, or for certain dishes, but mine was dried pasta from a box (I know the difference). The clams, that I was told were fresh, surprised me when presented shelled. They were indeed processed and chewy. I questioned the server, and she snapped back of course it's fresh. The second dish was an entree salad, and not bad, but no big deal. All said, overpriced, mediocre ingredients and lackluster service. Wish we had just eaten at te bar, the sample of snacks we tasted on the way out were delicious.

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Falmouth regular”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

We visit Falmouth regularly and I have wanted to try this restaurant for a while. The food was good but it has a limited menu and we left hungry. There are lots of choices in the area and for the price I expected much more, presentation lacked too. Service was good despite being busy but my husbands meal was ice cold when served to him. Won't be going back, the drink was the best part of the meal but at $12 a pop wasn't having two of those either.

  • Visited July 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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337 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Pleasant setting”
Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is a charming bistro setting. The food was fine but nothing special. Service was very good. Would love to come back to have a drink and appetizer at the bar. If you're in Falmouth for just a couple of days I might try another place.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Marybeth58
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Wayland, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great service, beautiful bread, MEDIOCRE food”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

We like to stop in Falmouth once a year....and this restaurant came recommended. Homemade pasta....a big draw...but the sauces were MEH....Vongole with canned clams. Bolognese with no flavor.....this restaurant has great service, a pretty atmosphere, gorgeous bread.... but the food is not up to the rest of the place. Use real clams..you are not in Iowa....and get your flavors going and maybe we will try you again.

  • Visited July 2013
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Wellesley, MA
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Delightful restaurant alternative in Cape Cod”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

If you are tired of lobsters and fried seafood while on Cape Cod, there are now more and more alternatives. Osteria la Civetta is a newcomer in Falmouth town center that is worth seeking out. The decor there is rustic and homy, but very tastefully done. The young staff is friendly and professional, the hostess thanked me for calling ahead, even though the restaurant is far from full on a quiet Tuesday evening. Another who led us to our table, spent much time answering our questions about the menu. Our server was attentive and accommodating with the demands of our three kids. An order of tagliatella al ragu was a hit with the kids. The house-made pasta was perfectly al-dente, as my son would say. The meat sauce was light (is it veal?) and allowed the pasta to shine. Another pasta with pancetta was equally excellent. For secondi, we ordered the Cotoletta, thinly-pounded pork cutlet finished with prosciutto and fontina cheese. The cutlet covers almost a whole dinner plate. It's a bit heavy on a summer evening; but nonetheless tasty. A lighter choice was a veal shoulder, roasted and sliced, and served with a grilled endive. The bitterness of the endive worked perfectly with the sweat meat. A swordfish dish is less successful, with the fish being a thin cut served over too thick a piece of bread, which may have absorbed all the braising liquid. One never expects good italian food on the Cape (alas, the last good one was Barolo in Hyannis/Barnstable), but la Civetta (the Owl) has all the ingredients to be a favorite for years to come.

  • Visited June 2013
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