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Duomo: Yellow Bar

via del Proconsolo, 39r , Phone: 055.211766

Reviewed by: Earline from TN, review #1991

When: 2006

Disappointing experience after reading good reviews.

It was convenient to the Koinč school, but disappointing. The two of us had shrimp with arugula and parmesan cheese and artichoke hearts. It was very mediocre. They ran out of the house white wine, so they brought us 1 glass for the two of us and 2 empty glasses in case we wanted to order red wine.

The chairs were so hard that you wouldn't want to tarry very long. Maybe that was the idea -- no slow food here. Head 'em up and move 'em out.

It was reasonably priced, but I wouldn't go there again.

Reviewed by: Amarena from NY, review #1959

When: 2006

Watch a nonna make the wonderful pastas by hand, and enjoy some very good pizzas at this friendly restaurant.

This is a large good-looking, casual restaurant with 2 dining rooms: upstairs with both regular and communal tables, and a downstairs dining room. There is also a table by itself, in between the main floor dining rooms and the stairs to the basement, which is right next to the nonna making all the pasta by hand. We were lucky enough to be given this table during our second visit here. The staff is very friendly and easy-going.

On our first visit, we had pizza, which was great. Four pizzas and water came to 34 euros.

During our second visit, the owner (I assume, but maybe the manager) recommended the “hay and straw” pasta to our table, which was a combination of spinach and egg taglietelle (colors of hay and straw) with a wonderful creamy sauce with ham and mushrooms. We were sitting next to the nonna making the pasta while he described it to us, how fun is that, and how could we then not order it?! It was de-lish! We also shared a caprese salad made large enough for 5 persons. One large salad, 4 pastas, one bottle of water, one bottle of wine, and one coffee came to 70 Euro.

Unfortunately, my mother’s purse was stolen at the restaurant during this second visit. We were sitting at the table which is between the kitchen and stairs. My mother was on the outside seat, closest to the stairs. We think someone grabbed it as they came up from the stairs. My poor mother was devastated, and she was very, very tired, so the tears started to flow. Our waitress and the owner were so wonderful to her, trying to help in any way they could. My mother was grateful to them by the time we left, even giving our waitress a big hug. I was touched by the care they showed my mom.

Ultimately, we realized that my mother didn’t lose much, maybe 30 Euro or so, and a credit card. Her passport was in the safe at the hotel, and her camera was in her lap at the time. This was a blow , but we still ultimately enjoyed the restaurant, the food, the service, and I will definitely return.

Reviewed by: kaydee from TN, review #1644

When: 2005

Casual and economical restaurant near the Duomo. Congenial atmosphere. Good pizzas and pastas.

Directions: Near the Duomo

We came upon this restaurant on a side street near the Duomo on a Sunday afternoon in late May. There was a line of people waiting to get in. Some other Americans waiting in line told us that they had heard it was a good and inexpensive place to eat. After checking out the menu posted outside, we joined the line. The line moved quickly and we were seated in just a few minutes, seated at a long trestle table with two American sisters. After traveling together for several weeks and eating our meals only with each other, we probably pounced on them, desperate for someone else to talk to!

We liked the informal, busy environment of the restaurant. Although there were a number of tourists, we also saw several families of Italians.

Charley and I shared a tomato salad with good, ripe tomatoes. We each had pizzas, which were very good. Kelly ordered pasta, which she didn't like too much. (I think she just made a bad choice, as other dishes we saw looked delicious.) She also had very ripe fresh pineapple for dessert. We paid €43 for lunch for three, including wine for us and a soft drink for Kelly.

I'd eat here again and recommend it for others.

Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #1338

When: 2004

Casual restaurant for inexpensive, good food

This restaurant was on my way to my language school, so it was very convenient. The atmosphere is very relaxed with lots of families and students. There are many communal tables so it is a good choice for a solo diner. I ate here on 2 occasions and was satified both times. I had a very good pizza and an excellent spicy pasta dish. The price was right, house wine was fine and the ambience was perfect for my needs. A good spot for an unfussy and economic meal.

Reviewed by: Chris from CA (moderator), review #58

When: 2003

Ultra casual place that is also a good pizza and pasta place. You often share large tables with other guests. Very casual, but the food was fantastic.

Directions: Near Duomo.

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