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“They aren't in the restaurant business, they are just hawking whatever they can charge you most for.” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Antica Trattoria Al Cuppolone - CLOSED

Antica Trattoria Al Cuppolone
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“They aren't in the restaurant business, they are just hawking whatever they can charge you most for.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013 via mobile

The food was okay, but the attitude and price were horrendous. They started by hovering and pushing while we were trying to decide on food. When we didn't order one item we had mentioned, they started pushing quite a bit for us to order. The busboy came out and asked where we were from, started to attempt to flatter/flirt with us, telling us we were beautiful etc.They were out of the beer we ordered, and recommended another. We declined and ordered water instead. The water came out...with the beer they recommended. We waved it off the table and they got annoyed. The fettuccine Alfredo came out with giant clumps of Parmesan powdered cheese in it, the sauce was watery, but it tasted good! The eggplant Parmesan was tasty but the texture was kind of off. Problems arose with the bill. Our side dish ended up much more expe sive than the menu said, and apparently 'service included' meant the five euros they tacked on to the end of our bill was a tax...suffice it to say, they were actually cheating us.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank roaminrome
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Atlantic Beach, Florida
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Believe the reviews and don't eat here!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

Typical tourist food - we had eggplant parm and 4 cheese gnocchi which were fine. Lamb, which was a poor cut and hard to eat. We then had the worlds worst tiramisu and panna cotta. The tiramisu was as dry as a sponge left out for a month and it seemed to have been that old too. The panna cotta was no better. Our bill was quite high and suspect. Shame on them for taking advantage of tourists. We just wandered into this restaurant and I'm sorry we didn't get to see the reviews first or we would have been spared a disappointing experience.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Karen A
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England
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“If you read the reviews and still eat there you deserve what you get!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

A little tired after a long day, we went against our better judgement and stopped at what appears to be a typical 'cheap, below average quality, tourist restaurant'

HOW WRONG WE WERE?? - It turned out to be a dreadful food and a restaurant that actively seeks to deceive with it's pricing and charges - you can see from many of the reviews that it is a consistent theme where 'unexpectedly' high bills and charges have been received.

Obviously reading the reviews back at the hotel, we would never of even stopped there. However in hindsight there are clear 'signs' from the menu and whole look of the place - that you will not been getting 'great italian cusine' - (we should have followed our gut instinct and moved on after one drink!!) but when you are tired with a young child you sometimes think 'this will do' - However blatant scam tactics and deception leave a very sour taste in your mouth.

The waiters are 'very good at their deceiving job/tactics' - being nice and getting you to relax - and not notice the incredibly high overall cost that you will end up having to pay for seriously low standard food and also the small print on the menu where they also add a compulsory 15% service charge.

If you read this and still go to eat there then you deserve what you get!

If you read this afterwards a terrible experience like I did, then at least you should have some solace that you are not the only one to have sucked in by this team of scam merchants.

Enjoy :-)

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TheBowmansTravels
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1 review
“Best meal in Italy!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

I came here for dinner and the service was great. It was moderately priced. The food was absolutely delicious.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sreyes1507
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Middletown, Delaware
Level Contributor
25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Stay away”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

Worst meal I have had on two continents. Over priced and just plain bad. Only redeeming factor was a religious procrsdion that took place right up thr street while we were outside eating. Other than that nothing good to say at all.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TomCNE
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