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“Wonderful”
Review of Italia

Italia
Ranked #8 of 83 Restaurants in Lyme Regis
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Homemade, real Italian cuisine by an Italian chef/owner. Modern decor, comfortable and atmospheric. Family friendly, good value and table service. Serving pizzas, pastas, chicken, seafood, daily specials and many more. Booking advisable but not always necessary. Popular with locals and visitors all year round.
Reviewed 31 July 2014

The food in this restaurant was amazing, i can understand why reservations were made on most of the tables. The pizzas we had were amazing, when we come to Lyme again, we will be sure to come back.

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Thank Ollie M
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BabyBoo100, Owner at Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2014

Thank you ever so much for your fab review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your meal with us and we look forward to seeing you again when you return :)

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Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

We dropped in early for a family supper after a hard day of fossil hunting. Us parents had Italian dishes which were very tasty and well presented but the kids pizzas were rather tasteless and ordinary.
They were happy enough so it didn't spoil our experience. The young waiters and waitress were very personable and the chef came out to check everyone was happy which was a nice touch.

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BabyBoo100, Owner at Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2014

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your meals and the service. We are disappointed with your comments about the pizzas however as we have so much positive feedback and comments about them. We know they are not ordinary-our chef makes the dough from fresh, stretches it by hand and adds all toppings fresh to order. Perhaps you may want to try a different variety next time rather than Margheritas as the toppings will only ever be chesstelecom and tomato if you choose the basic pizza. We hope you visit us again and thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

This restaurant came highly recommended but we were a little disappointed. We ordered pizza and paid extra for a topping of chillies - what we got was a sprinkle of chilli flakes! The food tasted good but was over-priced for the standard of venue. We left without ordering dessert...

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BabyBoo100, Owner at Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2014

Thank you for taking time to comment on your visit to our restaurant. We do however use fresh chilli if you ask for it as an extra topping on pizza not chilli flakes. Also we feel our prices are reflective of the food you are served-we use the freshest and best ingredients, many of which come from Italy, and all dishes are cooked to order.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Just arrived home from Italia and couldn't wait to post a review! Meal and service were excellent. We've tried just about all of the restaurants in Lyme and the 4 of us were unanimous that this was one of the best meals ever. My monkfish was superb. Congratulations to you all.

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BabyBoo100, Owner at Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2014

Great to hear your feedback, thank you very much. There are many restaurants to choose from in Lyme so to hear you thought your meal with us was one of the best ever is fantastic to hear. Hope to welcome you back to our restaurant soon.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Meet Franco, the enterprising young Italian chef who decided to start a new life in Lyme Regis, offering the lucky inhabitants of that already well endowed locality with yet another reward: honest, traditional Italian cooking.
For most of my life I tended to steer well clear of Italian restaurants in England as these are inevitably either run by chains or by migrants from several generations ago stuck in the same old rut of smothering everything in tomato sauce and over generously topped by mozzarella (let's also forget the massive pepper pots!). Well you'll find none of that at Italia. The food is 'fresh' in its approach, yet traditional, cooked the way your 'mamma' would have liked you to have it. Expect the usual suspects among the fixed menu items (lasagna, penne etc), though the daily one offers you a much more imaginative and contemporary take on Italian food.
By the way, there is nothing wrong with portions either - they are perfectly adequate unless of course you're into a pasta eating competition mode.
If there is a minus is in the desserts section, but Italians have never been great in that department (ice cream excluded) so this is also a reflection of its authenticity.
The restaurant is quite small, probably no more than ten table, so booking is a must especially in the evening and there was certainly no lack of interest given the number of disappointed people.

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BabyBoo100, Owner at Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2014

Wow,thank you ever so much for your review-we really appreciate your comments and thoughts. We are glad you noticed the 'freshness' of our ingredients and dishes and that you were happy with the portion sizes also. Great feedback for us, many thanks and hope you return

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