Arrived on spec for lunch at around 1.30, tempted by the lakeside location. Three other sets of people eating, so not exactly busy. Dining room - not the cleanest or most welcoming - has great position on Lake Campotosto - but shame the windows were of the non-opening kind.
Having been shown to a table, we were left. We waited. And waited. And waited. Eventually a rather surly waitress appeared. It's not unusual not to be offered a menu at some out-of-town restaurants in Abruzzo, but it is unusual - on asking for a menu - to be directed to one pinned up on the side of a cupboard. This looked more like a shopping list - "Spaghetti; Chitarra; Tagliatelle; etc" than a rundown of tempting things to eat. When I looked round to ask our waitress about sauces for the pasta...antipasti...what meat was available, she'd disappeared.
And so did we. Nobody seemed bothered or asked why.
The Lake's a great place to visit, but this was a prime example of a restaurant safe in the knowledge that with a steady stream of visitors guaranteed, why bother trying ?
My response would be - why bother going ?
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