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Locatelli-memorable, not!

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Locatelli-memorable, not!

peter pumkino | Jul 10, 2002 06:19 AM

I have just been to the Locanda Locatelli and have a few comments:

First the tables are far too close together. It's memorable if you want someone blowing smoke up your nostril (believe me, you cannot forget that). Why do these very ignorant, selfish, morons insist on smoking their cancer sticks in a way that the person at the next table has to inhale their smoke whilst eating. My partner could not taste the subtle flavours of the food thanks to this 'dolly bird' (yes, it was a woman, the man was OK, I'm not being sexist but this type of woman doesn't care about anything but herself).

Secondly, the menu: not very adventurous (really!), not very Italian (who heard of an all-encompassing Italian menu, as this one claims to be,without a veal dish?) and the very same every day.

Thirdly, the food: I suppose it was very good. Certainly very fancy, colourful, pretty etc etc but what about the flavours?

What it definately was NOT was Italian! Methinks Sig Locatelli learned too much at the Tour D'Argent. This was French and others do the subtle flavours MUCH better (Raymond Blanc, Ramsay etc). Amongst other dishes I had the Linguine with lobster. What lobster? A few crumbs and that's it and the sauce was watery (alla most Italian restaurants outside of Italy), I had the same dish at Metro Pizza and it was amazing, so much flavour, cooked just right and very similar to the exact same dish I had in Santa Margerita. I'm sorry but an Italian Italian would not eat this.

Taken as a good restaurant the food was well-prepared and seasoned and the service, whilst slow, was excellent. Taken as a great restaurant - not-so-good, taken as an Italian restaurant - not even close (they even had the outside-of-Italy custom of having oil on the table to dip your bread into, something I've never seen in 25 years in Italy).

Madonna can have it. Sorry, but everybody has to have their own opinion!!

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