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Pompei: Ru Yi Ristorante Cinese

Via Nolana 5-7


Reviewed by: Colleen from CA, review #3602

When: 2010

DO NOT EAT HERE! Hard to say which was worse - the service or the food.

Disgusting boiled lettuce - pushed as far away as possible!, photo by Colleen

We were tired. We were hungry. We'd tried the two restaurants recommended to us and they were closed. That's how we ended up at Ru Yi, a short walk from our B&B.

After being seated we were ignored for at least ten minutes while the two servers stood absorbed in front of some video/tv device. The extra place settings at our table were never cleared.

After finally recognizing our closed menus as a sign that we were ready to order, one of the servers sullenly took our food and drink order. The wine bottle was brought to the table already opened. Neither of us saw her open it, so who knows what was in that bottle?

The spaghetti alla piastra was fine. Not great but edible. The "fresh seasonal vegetables" we ordered turned out to be a dish of boiled LETTUCE. Just lettuce in gray salty water. Ugh! The sweet and sour prawns were mostly breading. The steamed rice was microwaved. We ended up asking for another order of the spaghetti just to have something to eat.

We wish we'd stayed at the B&B and eaten crackers and cheese, or bought panini at the cafe down the street rather than eat here. If you're in Pompei and see this place looking open and inviting - keep on walking.

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