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“Consistently Great”
Review of Deco Ristorante

Deco Ristorante
Ranked #296 of 1,612 Restaurants in Richmond
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: Southern Italian/Sicilian cuisine in an Art Deco inspired setting. Located in the heart of the museum district in Richmond, Va.
Richmond, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Consistently Great”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Many years ago we stumbled upon an Italian restaurant in a nondescript strip mall close to home. The food was superb. We chatted with the friendly owner/chef on every visit. A terrific respite in a very unexpected location. Then, things changed. The food went downhill after the owner sold it and we never went back.

Flash forward to a couple of months ago when we finally made it to Deco after hearing about it for so long. WOW! "This is terrific," we thought before seeing the owner/chef and realized it's the same guy! Same wonderful food, same approachable personality.

I'm a fan of rock fish. Whenever I find it on a menu, at home or abroad, I try it. Nothing compares to Mamma Zu's version in Oregon Hill, Richmond. Hands down the best. Anywhere. Until now. Deco's rock fish is outstanding - a nice thick "steak" nestled amidst chopped fresh tomatoes and little white wine sauce - just a little. Nothing over the top to distract from the fish.

Pastas and apps are authentic according to an Italian friend who accompanied us on our first visit. Authentic or not, everything is delicious.

The service is great and prices are reasonable.

Mangia!

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
227 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Authentic and delicious”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

We had a fabulous meal at this attractive restaurant in Richmond. The owner is a charming guy from Sicily and his food is the real thing. The arancini (rice balls) were superb. We all enjoyed our entrees, delicious chicken dishes, terrific pasta. The desserts were also very special and generous. The waitress was friendly and attentive. The prices were very reasonable. This is a place worth many return visits. A real find.

  • Visited May 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent food, wonderful experience!”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Deco is somewhat of a cramped space and the chairs leave a bit to be desired in the way of comfort. However, the most important part of a restaurant - the food! - was excellent and everyone in our party of 14 thoroughly enjoyed the appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Not one complaint, just lots of raves about every dish served. This was a special graduation dinner for our daughter on 5/11/2013 and though the restaurant does not open until 5 pm, they graciously allowed some of us to be seated early to wait for the rest of our party. The wait staff was quite accommodating (if not perfect) and the owner came by to check on us once or twice. Deco will appeal to the foodies out there who want great Sicilian food. All in all, a wonderful dining experience and we all want to go back again! For the Richmonders, this is on our list of THE "go to" Italian restaurant (forgot Maggiano's, people!).

  • Visited May 2013
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