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“Very underwhelming, and the service was dreadful”
Review of Osteria dell'Oca

Osteria dell'Oca
Ranked #16 of 298 Restaurants in Aosta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$27
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Galway, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Very underwhelming, and the service was dreadful”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

Went in very optimistic, came away rather disappointed. Perhaps if we had gone for dinner and taken the roast goose we might have been more impressed as it seems to be their speciality. However, we did order the 'goose three ways' starter which was small and not particularly tasty. I took what appeared to be 'goose soup' (zuppa all'oca) which turned out to be their name for an overpriced, underseasoned vegetable soup named after the restaurant and without any goose in at all.

We had also ordered strangolopreti but the waitress cancelled our order because she decided we had had eaten enough, which was a bit bizarre. We took pears cooked in wine instead which was a mistake as they were under-ripe and really rather nasty.

After all of this, the bill was higher than we paid in several rather better osterias around Aosta even though we didn't take any secondi and just had one wine between us. Would recommend to try elsewhere, one can do much better for less.

  • Visited January 2014
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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“This Goose Laid a Golden Egg!”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

We sought out this little Restaurant tucked away just behind one of the main streets in Aosta after reading reviews on Trip advisor, as it seemed to be the type of establishment in which we are comfortable, offering good value interesting food. Yet again Trip Advisor reviewers came up trumps.

On our first night in Aosta we arrived for dinner without a reservation just after they opened and already there were a number of diners installed. However we were greeted very warmly and were fortunate enough to get a table for 2 immediately. Our waitress was really kind and friendly, and although she did not speak much English, and our Italian leaves a lot to be desired, with the aid of a menu with English translations, and a lot of smiles we were able to order and enjoy a beautifully prepared and tasty meal in pretty and interesting surroundings. Service throughout was excellent despite a crowded restaurant.

We were planning to visit another recommended restaurant on our 2nd and final evening in Aosta, but it turned out that this was the one day of the week when they were closed. So no contest - we returned to Osteria dell'Oca, again without a reservation, but this time before opening time. Again we were lucky and again welcomed warmly, only this time it was clear that we had been remembered from the previous night and it was almost as though we were old friends. Another delightful meal ensued although my wife could not complete her main course as the helping was too big!

For those who, like me, did not previously know the word "Oca" it is "goose", and the decor of the restaurant is goose themed, which gives it a slight quirkiness. However the meals are truly the "Golden Egg"; well-cooked, tasty and excellent value. The whole experience was an absolute delight.

Visited October 2013
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Ottawa
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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“Average food with slow service”
Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

We had lunch here and we found it quite disappointing considering all the rave reviews. The service was slow and disorganized. Once we were seated, we noticed people that sat down after us were served first. There appeared to be not enough servers for the amount of tables, however, the servers were quite apologetic. It took over 10 minutes just to get water for our table. Some of us ordered pizza, which arrived 20 minutes before the appetizers even arrived for the rest of us.
The pizza was very good-light thin crust, tasty toppings. The pastas were average and quite oily.

Visited August 2013
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Murviel les Montpellier
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“Great real Italian food”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

On a rainy day we crossed over from Switzerland looking for some genuine Italian food and ambiance. We found exactly that at Osteria dell'Oca in Aosta. The Osteria is located in a small square off the main street, a good thing as it is away from the more tourist driven eateries that line it.
We sat on the covered terrace along with the majority of the customers, protected from the intermittent showers. The welcome was friendly and the setting very much what we were looking for, a genuine Italian Osteria. The menu has a huge selection of pizzas ( at least 30cm across for information! ) and one of our sons chose the Diavola. Our other son had raviolini and ragu sauce which was also a copious serving. We had rabbit with polenta, and also veal with raddichio and potatoes. Dessert was a fantastic chocolate Tarte with peach jam in the middle, exactly what was needed on a rainy day. The kids shared some delicious lemon gellato and fresh fruit. We had a half bottle of Piemonte red which we chose from a well stocked list, full of regional specialities and delights from further afield in Italy. Coffee was Italian and short, a great hit! All told we paid 73 euros for the meal. We were served reasonably quickly, and there was no impression that they wanted us to leave quickly. The waitresses were busy but polite with our attempts at speaking Italian.
I would recommend this Osteria to anyone who is looking for genuine Italian food at good prices with a great ambiance. A telling sign was that there were as many if not more Italians eating than tourists. We will definitely return here on our next visit to the beautiful Aosta region, as well as to the nearby Les Cretes vineyard in nearby Aymavilles.

  • Visited August 2013
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Boechout, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
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“Fixed value in Aosta”
Reviewed 3 April 2013

In the 15 years that we've been visiting Aosta, l'Osteria has become a fixed value for us.

The get to choose from decent pizza but above all some excellent traditional dishes for realy reasonable prices.

OK, if you realy want true gastronomy it's better to drive into the mountains and eat in Cogne (Lou Bequet, Lou Ressignon) or at Le Clusaz just before the Grand St. Bernard.

But for lunch whilst visiting Aosta, don't hesitate and come to L'osteria.

  • Visited March 2013
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