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“Didnt tick even one box” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pizzeria Praja Ristorante

Pizzeria Praja Ristorante
Ranked #13 of 22 Restaurants in Portarlington
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Didnt tick even one box”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

So where to begin?? Hmmm.. Lets skip to the $90 seafood platter for 2. Soggy, deep fried yuk! No oysters! No fish! Inedible rubber octopus salad. Scampi, that were just mush inside. Blue swimmer crab, but not a utensil for removing flesh from claws. When I asked for one and a finger bowl, they just didn't even know what that meant. Had never even heard of such a concept! I was eventually brought a single, wooden kebab skewer. There was about $15 worth of produce on this platter.
End of story.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank MissHick1
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  • English first
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English first
Port Macquarie
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Well prepared food and very friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

We were a bit apprehensive at dining here after reading a few bad reviews, but we thought that out of hundreds that have been here since it opened and only 3 or 4 bad experiences - can't be all that bad!

And it wasn't. From the moment that we stepped in we were greeted by a very friendly and efficient waitress who showed us our table and was ever so vigilant to our needs throughout the night.

There is a fantastic selection of dishes including very tasty and interesting pizzas (traditional with thin crusts thank goodness and not over the top with fillings).

Home made pasta with very well cooked prawns was delicious and the veal was so tender it melted in the mouth. The lasagna type dish as excellent and well priced, but not so the Flathead of the day which was a staggering $42! Should have asked why it was so much considering that the bay is swarming with 'em!

There was a hiccup with 2 of the dishes which came out not as ordered, but the staff very efficiently dealt with the problem and advised us what was going on - wish some other restaurants could communicate like that.

We had mainly prepared deserts (casata,tartufo) but the home made Tiramisu was delicious and worth the $12.

All 6 of us on our table were very pleased with the restaurant - from the involtini appertiser (possibly a tad too salty) to the friendly and efficient staff.

We would definitely go again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BonV
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Melbourne
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fresh healthy italian food, not your pizza hut pizza...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Went with hubby and parents and had a fantastic meal. pizzas are light and traditional italian style. if your wanting a pizza with heap of toppings and heart attack cheese then you best to go someplace else! We had bufalo pizza for entree which was light and crispy, then different mains incl chicken parm, grilled baramandi, and veal. all meals were really fresh and but of flavour.

This isnt your typical la porcetta place, its a small niche cosy place that true gourmet buffs will enjoy.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anakie77
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2 reviews
“Food tasted good, service needs improvement!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

A table of 15, order taken within appropriate time, food arrived at a good speed after the order was taken, the restaurant was busy but some of the staff struggled to keep up the pace. Ladies behind the bar slow on drinks and rude when I asked for a jug of water. I was told she is quite busy and that I would have to wait. At this stage there were only 4 tables out of 10 with people on them. She also reminded me that the dinner booking was at 6:30pm and I was asking for water at 7:10pm as no one had come to take our drinks order as we arrived 15mins after others in our party who got their at 6:30.

The man with the hat was switched on!


Would I go back?? Not sure.....as I left very very thirsty

    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pilioglou
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Melbourne
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“ONE VISIT WAS ENOUGH - APPALLING RESTURANT IN ALL ASPECTS!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

A few weeks after opening, my husband and I rang an ordered a large pizza and 1 pasta dish to pick up. We'd been working all day long & though't it'd be nice to try out the new resturant's food (also because we didn't have anything descent on hand to cook up).
WHAT A BAD DECISION IT WAS. Upon picking the order up and arriving back home, the pizza was the size of a small. It was barely enough for 2 pieces each. It had 4 paper thin slices of salami on it and very little cheese - not impressed!! We honestly thought this was a rip off, until we opened the pasta dish up (gnocci) - ABSOLUTE DISGRACE. The gnochi came in a big sized take away container which was put in the brown paper bag. Upon opening it up we just looked at each other with thorough disappointment. We actually counted exactly 19 midgit sized gnochi pieces that didn't even cover half of the bottom base. (Utterley pee'd off) As for the sauce on the gnnochi - forget it. THIS PLACE CHARGED US $46 !!!!! NEVER - EVER - EVER WILL WE RETURN.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jammally P
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