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“Great at lunchtime” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tuscan Hills - CLOSED

Tuscan Hills
Price range: US$5 - US$31
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Seating
Description: Simple but tasty real Tuscan food. Open for lunch as well with a special lunch menu for your quick - but tasty - break. Pasta, Bread, Cakes, Ice creams are home made and all the food is locally sourced. Free wi-fi.
Wales, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great at lunchtime”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

Second visit here, Friday lunchtime with friends and again plenty of space.

The food is delightful - authentic Tuscan dishes, thoughtfully presented. Covers for about 30 diners, light and minimal decor.

Good range of main courses with many at the £7 mark, plenty of starters and half a dozen desserts at £3.50/£4. Wine by the bottle is well-priced.

I cannot understand why there are so few patrons, although the street presence is poor. (You would have to know there is a little restaurant/bistro up the step and through the door).

I'm fearful, as word seems slow to circulate that this is the ideal place for a lunchtime meal, that it will close due to lack of support. Don't delay and GO NOW!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank giraffe99
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14 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Some of the best food I've ever eaten.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

Tuscan hills is Newports home of traditional, Tuscan style Italian cooking.

The food was genuinely some of the best I have had the privilege of tasting. A small simple menu ensured that everything was served quickly and cooked to perfection.

The £10 set menu (selected starter, any pasta dish, any desert) represented fantastic value, but even without, it would not be difficult to eat a full 3 course meal for around £15-20 per head.

Staff were friendly and efficient, and always helpful, even when we changed our mind.

Like many, I found the ambience of the restaurant a little lacking. Everything was clean and smart, but very monotone, and lacking a feature. The 1950's and 60's music too felt a little out of place.

My biggest concern was that though a small place, it was nearly empty on a busy Wednesday night. There were only 3 couples dining while we were there.

It would be a real shame if a place like this couldn't survive, so please give it a go.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank LukeHB
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Isle of Wight
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“OK, but could do with some improvements....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2012

Four of us visited this restaurant for the first time on a Saturday night - our table was booked for 8.30pm. On arrival there wasn't any staff to greet us and when we found the waitress she pointed us to our table. Service was acceptable up until our main course (at this point the waitress and what looked to be the chef had finished their shift), when a gentleman dressed in a suit, possibly the owner, cleared three of our plates whilst one of us was still eating. We sat for about 20 minutes and were not offered a dessert/coffee menu, we did eventually ask for one but decided not to order as we felt it might have been too much trouble for the gentleman.

The prices are reasonable and food delicious (one of us had the 'penne with lamb' which could have done with more sauce) but in agreement with the previous reviews, the room definitely could do with some colour and the tables could do with at least having salt and pepper on them!

I would visit this restaurant again purely on the basis of the quality and tastiness of the food, but not the service.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank chiterchatter
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Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great potential, great food, but service a bit rough round the edges.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2012

Whilst visiting the island, thought we would try one of the new eateries in Newport. Menu is very extensive and the food was delicious. But the restaurant lacks a few finishing touches, firstly some colour or artwork would make the welcoming more appealing, it felt soulless! Service started well, drinks etc, but then went downhill after that, for Italian food, no black pepper or Parmesan offered and then clearing plates before everyone has finished, is not good service! We then waited 45 mins and then had to ask for dessert and coffee menu? At that point we decided to head elsewhere!
All in all the restaurant has the most important ingredient spot on as the food was delicious, but some tidying up on service, will make it a very popular place!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank PCLNadventures
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Superb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2012

We booked this restaraunt a couple of hours after we arrived on the island. We had a very enjoyable meal. The food was prepared and served to a very high standard and could not have tasted better. I would not think it would matter what you chose from this menu, just superb. We would go again.

Visited May 2012
Helpful?
Thank kmc16-11
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