After looking over several restaurants located within Diocletian's Palace walls, we settled on Allegria--nice cosy location off the busy main squares. A rather sullen waiter approached us and remained long enough to take our order--a shrimp risotto and a shrimp and tomato soup (early, light dinner). The risotto arrived with what appeared to be tiny frozen shrimp combined with undercooked risotto--truly unremarkable and therefore very overpriced..
A real source of wonderment, however, was the shrimp and tomato soup that contained absolutely no shrimp. We called this to our waiter's attention, who indifferently informed us that it was in fact shrimp and tomato soup. We replied that it contained no shrimp which pretty much disqualified it as shrimp and tomato soup, and asked that he take it back to the kitchen. He returned a moment later and reported that the kitchen said it was shrimp and tomato soup. We countered that he needed to take it back to the kitchen again, which he reuctantly did, and returned a few minutes later with a few small frozen shrimp languishing in the tomato broth.
We have eaten very well in both Dubrovkik (Otto's) and in Split, so Allegria was the exception. This restaurant clearly has a lot of work to do; both with the wait staff and in the kitchen.
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