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“Well we think it IS outstanding! In fact probably the best Italian in York.”
Review of L' antica Locanda

L' antica Locanda
Ranked #240 of 874 Restaurants in York
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: L'Antica Locanda is a unique, culinary Italian experience not to be missed. Situated as it is on The Shambles in the heart of the City of York, this restaurant has been established for over ten years. Its menu offers an unusual variety of Italian dishes, some of them specialities of Puglia and Sardinia. The atmosphere is about as Italian as you can get and the cosy upstairs restaurant area provides a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the busy Shambles, with Italian music and a superb decor transporting the diner straight into 'a piece of Southern Italy'.
Monk Fryston
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“Well we think it IS outstanding! In fact probably the best Italian in York.”
Reviewed 19 October 2012

We have visited this restaurant a number of times now, and never been disappointed. In fact quite the opposite - many of the dishes we have been served have been nothing short of excellent.

This is very much an italian restaurant, in every sense - not just a restaurant serving Italian food. It has all the ambiance and atmosphere you would expect, the staff are extremely friendly (but not TOO friendly) and the service has been mainly excellent. It is a small restaurant - I'd guess seating about 50 maximum - and once or twice they have struggled when they have had a big party in - maybe that's the cause of a few negative comments about the service. But that is very much the exception, in our experience. It can also get a little cramped at peak times - certainly best to book a table.

But the special mention is for the food. If you want pizza and chips for your Italian meal - forget it. It would be a waste of your visit - though if you have youngsters in the party I'm sure they'd be happy to serve it. But this is a restaurant that serves the Italian classics, but much more - a large variety of dishes, many invented by their own chef, which combine typical Italian ingredients with some new twists, creating some very memorable dishes. Don't be shy of talking to the staff about the dishes if they sound a bit odd - they will explain them, and also point you in the direction of what they consider the best for you, if you tell them what you like. Today on the waiter's recommendation I had fillet steak in a fig-based sauce; I won't even attempt to describe it - it was far more complex a mixture of tastes than just steak and figs; but it was simply superb. And don't be afraid to have your steak rare - the quality of the meat is excellent. And like the menu, the wine list is extensive.

This isn't the cheapest Italian restaurant in York, but we have tried most and in our opinion it is easily the best. Expect to pay about £100 for a 3-course meal for two - though that's probably choosing some of the more expensive options - including wine, coffee and liqueur. Be aware the vegateables/salad is usually extra on the 'base' charge - it's clearly stated, and does mean you can chose what and how many veg you have. Most wine starts at around £15 a bottle - there are a few chreaper options - but what you get for that is a well-chosen bottle that will complement your meal, not just over-priced plonk.

One thing to be aware of - the main restaurant is upstairs, and access is by a fairly steep staircase, not ideal for anybody with a disability. There are a couple of tables downstairs, but they do lack the atmosphere.

This is a restaurant that is ideal for a lunch-time treat, but also good and unusual enough for that evening 'special occasion' without breaking the bank. If you want a really good meal, and maybe the option to choose something a bit different you will remember for a long time - try it.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
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32 reviews
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“Nice but not outstanding”
Reviewed 10 October 2012

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel. We've eaten Italian food in several countries and this is fairly average. My pollo boscaola was nice, with plenty of garlic; my wife's chicken in a creamy sauce was fine, though nothing special. The bruschetta that preceded our mains was on plain white lightly toasted bread - again nothing to write home about. What did get under my skin a bit was the wine. My wife has a diabetic problem, which confines her to a glass of wine per meal. This precluded buying a bottle of wine if I wished to remain reasonably sober. Each of us would have liked a nice wine - but just a single glass each. However, the restaurant only offered a house white and red. These were very basic wines, just drinkable. In France and elsewhere in England we've usually been able to get nice wines by the glass but not here. This is a pity and detracted from the dinner. The restaurant was also rather on the noisy side, with a low ceiling and background music competing with diners, though fortunately the music was turned down after a while.

  • Visited October 2012
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York, United Kingdom
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“Wine”
Reviewed 10 October 2012

A lovely selection of wines, generous portions and friendly italian staff. It is perfectly situated right in the Shambles, perfect for a lovely and mellow evening with a glass of wine.

  • Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice little restaurant, service needs to be better”
Reviewed 6 October 2012

A group of 8 went for a meal on Sunday evening, nice atmosphere and although a small seating area the staff made us welcome. The menu was good and food was tasty although one of the meals had to be reheated.
As it was a late sitting the staff appeared to be waiting around for us to leave. I have had better experiences in Italian restaurants but the food was good and being in a crowd added to the atmosphere, worth a visit.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Authentic Italian”
Reviewed 30 September 2012

Had dinner here with a group of friends. As described in other reviews, we received a very warm welcome from the staff in what was already a full restaurant. Great customer service throughout. My starter of mozzarella on sun dried tomatoes was described on the board as gorgeous. It was more than gorgeous. Just the best mozzarella ever. My main course was average but tastey. Not hot. Some of my friends food wasn't hot either. A lovely evening with a warm ambience but overall I have had better. I would recommend it though.

  • Visited September 2012
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