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“Just a bad dining experience. We were in L'Aquila for 7 days and had 6 great and memorable meals. On the last and...”

Ristorante Le Mangiatoie
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Ranked #72 of 284 Restaurants in L'Aquila
Dining options: Reservations
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“Just a bad dining experience. We were in L'Aquila for 7 days and had 6 great and memorable meals. On the last and...”
Reviewed 7 March 2009

Just a bad dining experience. We were in L'Aquila for 7 days and had 6 great and memorable meals. On the last and seventh night, we went here on a recommendation from the guidebook. The food was barely edible. The side of potatoes was possibly dropped on the floor because there were bits of other things besides the potatoes and rosemary. Our steak was hard to cut into and didn't have much flavor. The ravioli was ok but nothing special. What a disappointment since it was our final night.

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Boston
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Locals don't always know the best places”
Reviewed 31 January 2009

I attended a conference at the University of L'Aquila and ate here with a student from the area. She had said that this restaurant served wonderful, typical Abruzzo dishes. After eating there, I resisted telling her that the food is typically mediocre. I had a steak that was overcooked. I must say that the bottle of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo was excellent.

My first L'Aquila restaurant experience was at a slightly higher priced establishment, but the same types of dishes were so much better.

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Florida
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69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“A singularly bad experience in L'Aquila”
Reviewed 17 November 2008

I've traveled all over Europe and never had a truly bad experience at a restaurant--until Le Mangiatoie in L'Aquila. The food was mediocre, but it was the service that set this place apart. The waiter overcharged us for the unforgettable non-menu dishes that he recommended (after telling us that our original choices from the menu were not available). He even overcharged us for the wine, which we called him on by pointing out the correct price in the menu.

Regardless of our mistake in not asking the price of the "special" dishes, this waiter's behavior was unacceptable.

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