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“Disgusting....”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Al Barattolo

Al Barattolo
Ranked #1,474 of 1,877 Restaurants in Nice
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Jardin Albert 1er
Calgary, Canada
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“Disgusting....”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

Like many other reviewers posting, we stopped in here lured by the all you can eat mussels without checking for reviews first. Mussels were brutal. Hardly any sauce or flavouring. Most of them were not cleaned properly and still had barnacles/beards attached. Several of them were not opened. I am aware that 10% of mussels that are cooked properly still don't open, but this was more than 10% and I ate one opened mussel that tasted off. My girlfriend ordered a Nicoise salad which was void of flavour, used crappy canned tuna, and had an abundance of wilted lettuce. Service wasn't that great either. We asked for no onions on the salad in French and in English to be sure and it still arrived with onions on it. Avoid this tourist trap.

  • Visited October 2013
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Terrible food , terrible service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

Despite being happy to speak French, we were asked if we were English and presented with an English menu. The first warning to the terrible meal that followed was the menu being stuck together with parcel tape. The mussels were the worst I have ever tasted. We ordered three types between us, but they all tasted the same ....OF SALT. There was no hint that any of the usual ingredients for Moules Mariniere had been used and they weren't cooked properly so nearly half of the mussels were unopened. The service was as bad as the food, from a very unfriendly waiter. DO NOT EAT HERE. Shame we didn't read the other reviews before we went!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank 734Karen
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“All you can eat mussels.... But was it?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Enticed off the street like everyone else by the all you can eat mussel offer. Mussels were very small and tough as they were over cooked. Ordered a second batch which took a while to arrive but were the same. By this stage you are invisible to the waiters and even when they see you waving arm they look you in the eye and walk away. I finally got a third order but they were almost too salty to eat. Ordered a fourth pot and specified no salt so they arrived with enough chilli to set your mouth on fire. Partners calzone was inedible. Not a good experience. Not recommended.

  • Visited October 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Poor food, wrong attitude”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

My wife took mussels. Those delivered, were cooked a good while ago, very salty and most of those were dry, tiny small. Far from fresh. When complaining about this, the only answer was that they cook them requently (i.e. we supposed to be happy and satisfied). I had as a starter a plate of sea food. Those were slighty better but not as fresh as those should and can be.
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My lamb chops were also fairly dry, and not any taste experience. Waitress was not interested how I would ylike those done. End result was more than well done.

Probably worst dinner ever (we have the experience of more than 300 lunch / dinners) in France.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Aweful service - ruined our night”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

Like the other reviewers, we were charmed in by a man on the street and the advertising of unlimited mussels.
We were served by a very grumpy waiter - who we could not get his attention, many many times he would ignore us. When he finally would begrudgingly come to us, would sigh and was very unfriendly. The time we waited for things was extremely long. We waited till the end for just some water which we had to ask for, 3 times!
Food was also aweful, I had the risotto - tasteless.
I would tell people to stay clear of here, or it will put a damper on your night!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Kate_can
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