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“Good service unless you are Asian, acceptable food.”
Review of IL Grottino

IL Grottino
Ranked #7 of 44 Restaurants in Riomaggiore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

We dined here in July during our holiday here and as Asians, got very offending services. First, we were rudely spoken to wait outside the restaurant when we asked for a table. The next minute, a European family walked in and was treated so much better, being sat down immediately. We talked to a Asian family inside and found out they had the same.

Next, when served olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar for bread, the Asian tables were only given small bowls of the condiments, whereas all other tables received bottles. We were furious and confirmed our suspicion when a Malaysian table told us they had the same experience.

At a time where the restaurant's food is only acceptable, the service is horrendous and there is a very clear discrimination against Asians, especially from the male waiter wearing a blue-white stripe shirt.

This restaurant should definitely be avoided by Asians, and for people who do not support such discrimination. As a disclaimer, we have been touring Italy for 2 months and have not received such offending service, ever.

3  Thank AloysiusNg
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

My friend and I both had pasta dishes which were some of the best we've eaten. I had the fresh anchovies with spaghetti and the other dish was spaghetti with mussels and other seafood. The house wine was good and reasonably priced, and staff were friendly and helpful.

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1  Thank Ruth D
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We rewarded ourselves with lunch at Il Grottino after a long hike and it was perfect! The pasta was perfectly cooked, both dishes with rich, tasty sauces. We then shared a seafood stew, which was a very generous portion (great value) and in a hearty, vibrant broth. The service was good and the place itself had a very appealing interior.

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1  Thank km22_12
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

I had lunch and dinner in this very central little restaurant.
The primo, walnut tagliolini, was so-and-so, the secondo, sea bass (grouper?) with tomato and olives, was very good. I also liked the local white, perfect for fish.

1  Thank Luciano Z
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Great seafood. Loved the octopus salad and the mixed grill. Reasonable. Good service. In the Main Street and easy to find.

1  Thank Kato109
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