Respond to Review of La Raccolta
Review: We would so like to make a positive report. It's a bright, relaxed, cheerful place to eat and the staff could not be friendlier. When the waitress saw we were English she fetched the chef, who came out to talk us through the menu and make recommendations. There were only two drawbacks: the food we had was poor and, we felt, painfully over priced. It could be that we were unlucky as it's a place which obviously has its satisfied regulars - many of them happily dining when we were there - and has drawn excellent reviews, which is why we trekked out from the city centre to eat here. But the two dishes we had were unappetizing. My risotto, priced at 13 Euros, worryingly came within a couple of minutes of ordering and was, as it would be if pre-cooked rather than cooked fresh, gloopy as well as luke warm and lacking any distinctive flavour. Thankfully I ordered an accompanying mixed salad, but that cost an extra 8.50 euros. My wife had what turned out to be a colourless plateful of what appeared to be stewed Mediterranean vegetables - onion, aubergine,courgette and pepper (like a ratatouille but without the tomatoes and not as tasty) which she struggled to finish. Also, the basket of bread left on the table was so dry it could have been left from the day before. We didn't risk the coffee, but with just two selections from the menu, a bottle of water and a salad our bill came to over 32 euros. We don't mind paying extra for good, imaginative vegetarian food. But this was neither of those things - an example of the bad old days of vegetarian austerity. In a city where finding veggy (as opposed to vegan) options is so easy this almost put us off trying the other Happy Cow options. Thankfully it didn't, because 5 e Cinque and Brac were both superb, fully restoring our faith.