Visited this restaurant sat evening, we called quite late for a reservation and was advised they were fully booked for the 7.30 slot we wanted but that they could fit us in at 7, always a good sign when the restaurant is booked out.
We arrived a little later than 7 due to parking but were still offered the choice of 3 tables, we chose the table mentioned in a previous review on the upper level near to the chefs pass which I did not think was either too hot or bright. I do however have to agree with the comment regarding the tables and walls being a little scuffed/battered but found neither offensive or off putting this is just wear and tear.
I'm guessing due to us being late the staff were concerned about our table time crossing over to the relay we had been advised would happen for 9pm on reservation, and that is why we were approached twice within the first ten minutes of seating if we were ready to order.
We both ordered from the 3 course set menu and each took wine, which I have to say was a lovely house red. The starter of flat mushroom arrived swiftly and was really nice, the main was also presented just as swiftly and once again was a really nice dish ( chicken stuffed with goats cheese & black pudding ) there was also no fuss in regards with me changing the sauce from what was on the menu to one I would prefer.
By this time the restaurant was full with a number of large parties and I could see people were also waiting for tables, however the service was still attentive to us and we were consistently taken care of by two great girls. We chose our desserts and coffee which rounded off a really nice evening.
Overall I think you would be disappointed if you wanted the full on "Italian Experience" , there is a much better Italian restaurant in Kilkenny for this, which you would pay a much higher price for. But if you wanted a nice evening meal with an Italian feel to it then give La Rivista a go, the food was lovely and the staff warm and very efficient including the manageress who visited our table twice to ask if were satisfied.
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