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Sirmione: Ristorante S. Lorenzo

Sirmione/ Lake Garda

Reviewed by: Liz from Canada (moderator), review #582

When: 2003


Directions: On the main strip in Sirmione.

Don't be fooled by the charming outdoor garden, this place was one of the worst resturants we ever experienced in our lives! The service was amazingly bad, in fact when we arrived the table behind us was complaining about their meals and the waiter and owner didn't seem to care at all. This should have been our first hint, we should have walked, but alas we stayed.

We proceeded to order our dinners and my husband made the mistake of ordering risotto here, I discouraged him, seeing how vast the menu was and the strange vibe I was getting from the place.

Basically it seemed that everyone who worked here hated their jobs and it came across in droves! No smiles or grettings, nothing! Well our meals came and Frank's risotto was nowhere to be seen. He requested his meal and still nothing. Finally after we had all been finished for about 20 minutes he cancels his risotto. Well, you'd have thought we just killed the owner's mother or something, he proceeds to swear at us in Italian and by now everyone is witness to the owner slamming about the place. I thought he was really going to blow a gasket! After cancelling the dish, it finally arrives and he pushes it away. The bill was delivered and of course the risotto was included in the bill! No amount of arguing was going to rectify the situation and they claimed they didn't understand English. We didn't have enough cash between us so we had to pay with a card, otherwise we would have left our adjusted amount. My parting words were that I was involved with a travel web-site and I would be giving them a very harsh review, he replied "ya ya alright then." Either he didn't understand me or he'd heard this line numerous times before from other patrons.

Avoid this place at all costs, unless you are a masochist! Dinner for 4 with a bottle of wine and much abuse 83 Euro!

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