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“Nice food, but left wanting!”

Tavistock Italia Retro Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

Visited Monday after having a lovely Sunday lunch upstairs in the Roker. A little let down by the food being a little bland but the same warm and friendly service as we received upstairs.
I would expect more than one Sardine as a starter and definitely lacking in spice for the spicy chicken main,but still nice, but not to the same standard as we recieved a day earlier upstairs!!!

Thank KGG67
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Not sure what I expected but what a surprise, decorated in a very unusual fashion which verges on the 'shabby chic'..attractive..
Extensive menu and tasty food, very busy when we arrived but the service was good and the waiters attentive, highly recommended, we are very lucky to have such a great choice of Italian restaurants in Sunderland

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Thank Suzi M
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We ate here last week, our first visit and were immediately impressed. Sofien was very helpful and our twin 5 year olds were asked if they wanted to participate in the "chef school" which they did and thoroughly enjoyed. It was great to see the boys making their own pizzas from scratch (with a little help from mum!) and then taking them to the kitchen and then eating them at the table. The adults all enjoyed fabulous food and we will certainly return to Retro Italia! Thank you for a great evening.

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1  Thank Andrea G
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Our large group had a late meal in this restaurant under the Roker Lodge hotel. We were certainly amused by the decor, which is chock full of stuff taken from junk shops and your gran's living room, which along with some very dodgy paint effects creates the feel of the type of restaurant that we remembered from the later 70s / early 80s.
There was plenty of choice on the menu and the service was very good, all of our food arrived quickly and the portions were large so despite the food being tasty most of us didn't finish our main meals, so I'd recommend the Italia for the food and service despite the odd decor!

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Thank Corb2000
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Just returned home from my first very pleasant evening at Tavistock Italia Retro restaurant. It is in an excellent location and has on site parking. The staff are attentive and friendly making you feel extremely welcome and a valued customer. The food was delicious, the Spaghetti Carbonara being the best I have ever tasted. Will be returning again soon to sample more of their culinary delights!

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Thank Christine H
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