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“Delicious, authentic Italian food! ”
Review of Da Vinci Italian Restaurant - CLOSED

Da Vinci Italian Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$48
Description: Da Vinci Italian Restaurant combines history, culture and above all, the owners passion for cooking! We respect our traditional recipes and offfer a big range of Tuscan dishes. All the meals served here are COOKED from fresh quality ingredients. High quality fresh meat is provided by Donald Russell, fresh local fish every day, and only the highest and finest Italian Wines.
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Description: Da Vinci Italian Restaurant combines history, culture and above all, the owners passion for cooking! We respect our traditional recipes and offfer a big range of Tuscan dishes. All the meals served here are COOKED from fresh quality ingredients. High quality fresh meat is provided by Donald Russell, fresh local fish every day, and only the highest and finest Italian Wines.
Reviewed 30 July 2020 via mobile

Delicious, authentic Italian food! I visited Da Vinci in a large group and each and every one of us was seriously impressed with the food. I ordered the carbonara (the first time I’ve ever had carbonara the proper Italian way) and couldn’t believe how delicious it was. It looked nothing like the carbonara we’re used to in the UK and was so much tastier.

You can tell the owners are really passionate about their food and that was evident in all the delicious dishes. Really looking forward to going back!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 26 July 2020 via mobile

In Scotland, we are only starting to see restaurants opening for business, but not all by any means. Last night was our first visit for dinner to this restaurant. And it certainly won't be the last! The atmosphere is intimate, cosy and friendly. We were given a very warm welcome by the staff, and informed of the new 'normal' for ordering our meal which is by using our mobiles to select from the delicious menu, and then our lovely server took our menu selection. Very straightforward so don't be put off. The food was delicious. We all chose beef dishes, the meat being exceptionally tender and tasty. Afterwards, we managed to find room for desserts from a tempting list. The wine selection is not extensive but with a good selection of bottles and glasses to suit every pocket. A delightful experience which we can strongly recommend. We'll be back and are already looking forward to it!

Date of visit: July 2020
2  Thank EdwardO293
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Reviewed 25 March 2020

A great local resaurant with delicious and authentic Italian food. The owner also came over to see how the food was and told us about the restaurant too, nice touch to a lovely experience.

Date of visit: August 2019
2  Thank jessicacD3259AA
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Reviewed 2 March 2020

Went here as part of Aberdeen Restaurant Week and had been looking forward to it. When we arrived the dining room (which is lovely) was very quiet and we were happy to be settling down to a relaxing Sunday evening meal in nice surroundings. Sadly, that was the high point.

The pâté starter was ok-ish, if a little underwhelming. However, both our main courses were way below what we were expecting. My fellow diner described his salmon pasta dish as dry and bland, and my own paltry chicken dish was covered in an unseasoned tomato sauce which tasted like it had been poured straight out the tin onto my dish. It also had what were described as roast potatoes, but what were in truth undercooked wedges. It was essentially just really basic, boring food, and not very good.

When you go to an Italian restaurant you want something authentic, tasty and a bit special; not something you could knock-up at home yourself in 15 mins. Rarely do I complain about food in restaurants, but we were so unimpressed that when the waitress came to take our half-eaten plates I felt I had to be honest and tell her we didn't enjoy it at all. I was met with an unapologetic shrug of the shoulders and the phrases "this is Italian food, it's simple", and "taste is taste", basically implying that we didn't know what we were talking about. Between us we have been to Italy many times and eaten in enough Italian restaurants in the city to know the difference between good and indifferent Italian food.

Anyway, this seemed to cause an atmosphere, and the waitress became less-friendly as the evening wore on. We then weren't holding out high hopes for the Panna Cotta dessert and those fears were justified when it arrived, the texture wasn't right and it was more like a gummy Blancmange than any Panna Cotta I've ever had. I couldn't eat it, and barely a word was said at this point when our plates were cleared and we just wanted to get out of there asap.


Ultimately, way overpriced for what they are serving - and this was the reduced Aberdeen Restaurant week menu as well, hate to think what it's like normally. Judging by the response we got when trying to say something they are not used to receiving criticism, either that or they have their head in the sand about the quality of their food.

Speaking about the experience afterwards while we were still hungry we felt as if we had been charged £62 for a glass of beer and wine each, and the privilege of being insulted. Shalln't be back.

Date of visit: March 2020
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ElenaI1754, Direttore generale at Da Vinci Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2020

Hello, thank you for your review. We're sorry that you couldn't appreciate our dishes. Unlike many other restaurants in Aberdeen, our food is cooked from scratch by Italians in the Italian way (e.g. tomato sauce is cooked for two hours or so) and we are proud of that, but, like any other type of food, cannot meet everyone's taste.

Our waitress was trying to support the restaurant and be polite towards customers at the same time, so we're not sure what you expected her to say or do in that situation; she was sorry that you felt that way and she expressed it. We apologize when we make mistakes, but we cannot force customers to like our food the way it is supposed to be.

Nobody insulted you or your fellow diner whatsoever, so we are not sure what you mean by that. If anything, you tried to create an argument with an Italian person about her own culture and she replied to that.

We are really sorry that you had a bad experience with us, but clearly we are not the right restaurant for you.

We will try to do better for the many customers that support us, but unfortunately we will never follow trends and recipes that are not in line with our food culture.

Grazie

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Reviewed 2 March 2020 via mobile

We visited for the first time as part of the wine pairing deal. Not only were the Saraceni wines fantastic, they were perfectly paired with the delicious food in this wee gem of a restaurant by the lovely chef. The customer service was excellent, very authentic Italian and it was lovely to meet the chef and have the wines described in such detail. I’ve recommended to so many people now I’ve lost count!

Date of visit: February 2020
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ElenaI1754, Direttore generale at Da Vinci Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we're glad that you enjoyed the wine tasting event! Hope to see you soon!

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