Great food. Great staff. A little pricey for me but definitely worth it for a nice night out.
I have known about this place for several months before finally coming in for dinner. One of the reasons it took so long is because they are closed for five hours in the middle of the day as well as Sundays. This is pretty normal for a number of establishments here, but nevertheless, I'm not a fan of this particular schedule.
I came here on a Friday with three other people and it took about 30 minutes to be seated (so we got drinks a restaurant next door). They have a nice menu, but what surprised me is that it is exactly the same as another Italian restaurant I had visited just the week before called Sorsi e Morsi.
I ordered the Caesar salad at both places (because it was very good at Sorsi e Morsi, so I was curious about how it would bode) and it was almost exactly the same at both - very delicious! My sister got a four cheese pasta which she said she liked more than at the previous restaurant. The rest ordered carpaccio and another pasta, all of which was good (I know, I tried the dishes myself!) Finally we also had a chocolate cake for dessert, but this unfortunately didn't go over too well (it was a bit dry and didn't taste very lively/fresh).
So overall - not bad, not exceptional. The staff is nice and for the most part attentive (it's always busy here) and the food is great, save for the dessert. The wait for a table is tolerable but I do wish they were open longer hours (like from 5 pm). Then I'd consider it more appropriate for a four star review.
It's always kind of risky to try to find good Italian food in another country than Italy. From La Pappardella I had however been reading many good reviews because it's a place that attracts young people. When I visited the place at noon, it was crowded. We entered the place to ask if there was any place, but there was none. Instead the man in charge of the place suggested us to have a beer and wait until there would be a free table. With that proposition we had understood that he was offering us a beer on the house to make up for the compensation of waiting. We had to wait for at least ten minutes and in the end when we received the bill it turned out that the beer was not on the house. The food was ok, but of course like in so many wannabe Italian restaurants it did not meet the quality of the food in real Italian restaurants. That together with the fact that we had to pay for the beer, made the place really feel like a tourist trap and let-down for us.
The portions are very generous, the pasta is fresh but stick to the basics. I had a seafood pasta that tasted a bit like it came out of a can. The salad and dessert were excellent. Overall, the value and service made this place stand out.
Wow! Lived up to it's billing. From the caprese salad to the piandine the start of a great meal. Ravioli with basil cream pesto sauce, spaghetti carbonara, tortelonni filled with spinach and ham with a red cream sauce.....I could have bathed in the sauces! Our service (Nikki) was wonderful....insighful of the menu and the ot the local atmosphere. I would go back again tonight if the rest of the group would agree! It's a must if you are in Valencia!
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