We went to "New" Guiseppe's early on a Friday evening. The restaurant is tucked away down an alleyway. The decor is tired but I quite liked it - it's a bit like eating on a dilapidated Italian plastic filmset, complete with balconies, sun brollies and shuttered windows. We were the only diners so it wasn't very atmospheric - but I can imagine it transformed by a crowd of people and some noise. We were going to order from the early bird menu but changed our minds and ordered from the specials board. My goats cheese tart was nice enough although the serving of goats cheese was minute and the salad was geriatric and I had to ask for some dressing to revive it. My partner had duck which was also fine but nothing special. We both went for pasta dishes (the trout wasn't available) as mains and were pretty disappointed. The sauces had no richness or flavour and the pasta was pretty bland and not fresh, mine was al dente to the point of not being quite cooked. We thought a pudding might save the meal from total failure and ordered an Italian trifle to share. It proved to be a soggy melange of damp sponge, custard and cubes of tinned fruit topped with a flaccid meringue (though apparently this is authentic) for some bizarre reason the thing was drowning in a large puddle of tinned carnation milk/cream. Our meal was £40 including two glasses of house red. We felt overcharged. We struggled to figure out what it was about "New" Guiseppe's could be construed as "new" - the place is clearly trapped in the 1970s; the shabby decor, the 70stastic easy listening music and the bland food. We suspected that the markup on the food and drink was massive and left feeling a bit ripped off. On a positive note the waitress/owner(?) was very nice. We wouldn't ever go back because the food just wasn't up to scratch, you can do so much better for the same money elsewhere.
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