My wife and I decided to try this restaurant it having been recommended by friend from Monte Porzio several years ago. The reviews on Trip Advisor also helped to convince us that it was worth a visit.
We booked a table at 8.30 for 9.00pm and arrived at 9.00 to find the car park empty, and the restaurant the same.
Welcomed in by two of the proprietors in a pleasant and friendly way we were offered a choice of one of two simple aperitifs and asked to sit in the lounge whilst they turned on the music, lit the dark room and went presumably to prepare for us, the only customers on a Saturday night.
We were sat in the lounge area near the bar which was tired looking and dusty and displayed a Tripadvisor menu for the 2012-2013 season.... but which above all had a strong smell of mould, so much so that despite it not being a particularly warm night we were quite happy to accept when the proprietor asked if we minded the door being left open.
This was the last we saw of anyone, as we drank our drinks and waited for menus or some advancement to an evening that we had a growing feeling of disquiet about as not only was the smell very unpleasant and the feeling that we'd intruded on an evening when they had expected not to have to work very strong, but after all if a restaurant has no customers on a Saturday night, what must it be like on other nights and how fresh can the food be when you have no turn-over?
Having been a restauranteur for 20 years in an earlier part of my life, I am nevertheless an understanding person and with it being past 9pm and in a part of the countryside without alternatives I would have stayed and hoped for the best were in not for the fact we were then totally ignored for 25 minutes whilst we could hear the proprietors talking with family in what was presumably the kitchen.
So, at 9.25 with still nobody having returned to provide menus, refresh our drinks or anything, we left some money for the aperitifs and left to drive into town and find somewhere else to eat on a Saturday night after 10pm.
So, I have no idea whether the food we missed would have been good or not, but the service was very poor, the location tired and the smell unacceptable.
One to be avoided, hence my review.
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