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“Pleasant Surprise at Bar Canasta”
Review of Canasta

Canasta
Ranked #66 of 172 Restaurants in Spoleto
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Cafe, Grill, Fusion
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Saint James City, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise at Bar Canasta”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

For a casual restaurant, that also had a gelataria inside, we were pleasantly surprised. The food was superb! Once we ate here for lunch we returned again and again. The pasta dishes done to perfection, the seafood excellent. Ah....bread with olive oil and parm......loved it! Huge outside dining area facing the Liberta Plaza. The gelato and desserts were delicious too.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Arlene S
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Coolangatta, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Local Destination”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We were exhausted after our day of sightseeing and stopped at this popular lunch time venue. Quite a few locals appeared to be enjoying the relaxed and casual atmosphere. As siesta time ticked on the cafe became very busy, with the local business staff. The food was exceptional and we would have stayed longer to savour the atmosphere but we had other commitments. The local truffle gnocchi was delightful and my husband's spaghetti marinara was superb. You could not ask for better quality or flavour. The strawberries and ice cream were fresh and tasty. The only negative! I ordered the apple tart and it took ages to arrive, when we decided to cancel the order the waitress had a hissy fit (it had obviously been prepared specially - a slight breakdown in translation) however her mutterings and obvious distaste was a poor end to a most delightful meal.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank TerrywithaY
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“excellent food reasonably priced”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

We ate here twice while staying just outside Spoleto, on the recommendation of a local. It's a very casual place, but seemed very popular with local people. The food on both occasions was superb. We had various local pasta dishes and gnocchi to start, followed by salads, veal, chicken, and beef. The quality and flavour of all the food was great.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ralphthecat
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 6 Contributor
340 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
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“Very Good”
Reviewed 26 June 2013

We stopped here a few times when we stayed in Spoleto, and each time we enjoyed what we ordered. Like many others, we found the food to be affordable and tasty. We never had a problem with service. We liked sitting on the wooden deck outside since we could watch the comings and goings in the piazza.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Moonette
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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“Very good food, ignorant waiter”
Reviewed 8 May 2013

We chose this place because of the nice setting in a little and vivd plaza and because it was well occupied by locals who obviously were frequent visitors.
The only negative remark concerning the food is about the very costly "Pata negra" plate which doesn't seem to be ordered very often, since the fat on the rims has turned yellowish and the smell wasn't what it is supposed to be. Taking in account the 18€'s it is definitely a must-not.
The other plate were excellent, great pasta and a great florentine steak, I just recommend that you share it by at least 3 people if you really want to enjoy it, otherwise the meat cools down to quickly and since it's done "rare" it can get a bit hard to chew up the bites...
As mentioned in the title the main drawback was the waiter who made a very bored and uninterested impression, talking to neighbour tables while serving the food and generally behaving in a very cocky way.
After not leaving any tip we were intercepted by the owner who was also attending and very attentive towards his guests with the question if everything had been ok and after the answer that food had been great but not so the service he somehow showed that he was aware of that so by the time you visit the place things might have had changed already..., very recommendable for the food!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank DAVID J
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