I must admit that this looks a fabulous hotel, but sadly we were staying elsewhere, outside Todi, but the hotel has a restaurant for non residents that is shared with residents. I say restaurant, but on our visit it appeared to be more of a pizzeria. We were attracted by the advertised terrace restaurant at the hotel entrance and were escorted there through a maze of rooms, past the pizza oven and up flights of stairs to the impressive open air eating place. We were shown to a nice table and provided with the extensive menu, that included a range of pizzas. We wanted a more formal meal and so went for starters and meat mains.
The senior waitress was very pleasant and spoke good English and took our order promptly. My wife wanted a pasta dish of gnocchi in a truffle sauce to start while I ordered a mixed antipasti dish. We made it very clear that we wanted the pasta dish and the antipasti at the same time. The waitress was clear.
As we waited and enjoyed a bottle of local wine and sparkling water, residents (and their dogs)appeared from all directions and were shown to their reserved tables. All ages - children, grandparents and spaniels. There appeared to be plenty of waitresses, so despite the sudden influx of diners, we did not envisage any problems. However, when my wife's gnocchi arrived alongside a plate of lamb chops, I began to panic. With the lamb returned to the kitchen, we began waiting and waiting. Meanwhile, pizzas arrived in their masses via the dumb waiter from the pizza oven below and the female hotel owner began to rally the waitresses to get the margaritas' to the waiting residents.
And we waited and waited and we starter to share the gnocchi dish. It was excellent, but we had just finished it when my antipasti dish arrived, with an apology and an extra generous portion of stuffed tomato! So generous we could not finish it. Thankfully we were in no hurray, as we then had a long wait for our meat mains - sliced chicken in tomato and gorgonzola and pork fillets with sliced pears. Plus side orders of a mixed salad and fries.
By the time our main dishes arrived, residents were tottering off to bed and dogs to their baskets. The sliced chicken was very tender and very generous, as were the chopped tomato but the cheese was not gorgonzola. The pork fillets were nicely cooked but the pears were not hot or caramelised as expected. The salad arrived but the fries did not. Nevertheless we ate on and the fries finally arrived as our meat dishes disappeared.
Our friendly waitress acknowledged the delays and the mix up in dishes and their delivery. Clearly hotel residents are her priority. Not a problem, but opening the restaurant/pizzeria to non residents does demand a level of good service for them too.
The final bill was 65 Euros (£52).
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