This restaurant came highly recommended. I, however, would not recommend this restaurant.
Our lunch lasted 4.5 hours. It started alright - a handful of antipasti with mushrooms, prosciutto and pecorino were good; the two pasta courses - Tagliatelle - resembled and tasted like my mom's homemade egg noodles - and cheese-filled Ravoli (probably frozen) were average - both had the same cubed mushrooms in a cornstarch-gooey sauce; the baked sheep and lamb were incredibly fatty and oily and tepid; the grilled sheep and lamb that came last was fantastic - no mushroom sauce on these; the salad was nothing special.
The Espresso after the meal was non-foamy and looked cloudy. It too was tepid; and I liken the ginseng grappa to an Italian version of moonshine (that might be an insult to some moonshine drinkers for which I apologize in advance). The dessert was flan with a runny caramel sauce on it. It came in a little plastic cup which reminded me of something I would find in a nursing home with cheap version Hershey's caramel sauce poured on it.
BTW, the wine was awful. I've had boxed wine that tasted better to be blunt.
Amazingly, we did not order. They told us what was being served. And it was a take it or leave it deal.
Since eating there, I've met a few locals who do not eat there anymore stating that it is not what it once was.
Now if all this does not make you think twice, let me say this - IT WAS SO LOUD IN THE RESTAURANT. THE. ENTIRE. MEAL. WAS. SO. LOUD. At one point I realized my dinner companions were shouting at one another to be heard. I needed to step outside between courses to give my head a rest. IT WAS SO LOUD. There are no sound deafening acoustics anywhere. In addition, there were SO MANY PEOPLE CRAMMED IN such a small space, one could hardly move. I thought "would this place meet firecode standards in the U.S.?" The poor gentleman seated next to the front door was incessantly bummed by people entering and exiting the restaurant. I, too, was bummed every time the gentlemen sitting behind me moved.
At 35 euro per person, there are many fantastic restaurants that do not require reservations and a long drive to eat.
This restaurant is not recommended.
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