Most Popular Central-Italian food in Malnate, Province of Varese, Italy

November 18, 2020 Brandee Mangan

Reviews on Central-Italian food in Malnate, Province of Varese, Italy including Locanda Garibaldi, Locanda Garibaldi, Locanda Garibaldi, Locanda Garibaldi
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1. Locanda Garibaldi

Via Cesare Battisti 15 Brenno Di Arcisate, 21051 Arcisate Italy Italian, Mediterranean, Deli, Tuscan, Sicilian, Lombard, Northern-Italian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Ta [email protected] +39 0332 856981 http://www.locandagaribaldi.it/
Food
Service
Value
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 579 reviews

Locanda Garibaldi

Reviewed By Meghan J

With over 500 “excellent” reviews and a smattering of “terrible” my husband and I felt safe in choosing Locanda Garibaldi as a new dining location. Usually in these instances the few outlying bad reviews relate to very specific events…a customer felt slighted, the kitchen’s timing was off, the chef perhaps had a rare bad night, etc. However, I really wish we had read through the bad reviews (in Italian) because many of them have common elements, which perfectly capture our night as well.Menu (or lack thereof)There is no menu, and the owner Giuseppe comes over, sits down at your table, and basically suggests what you’ll have. (Note: My husband is Italian, and I speak Italian. I have no idea how this process would work with non-Italian speakers!) When asked for details about certain dishes, Giuseppe’s response (in a jovial way) was, “it’s delicious; don’t you trust me?” I didn’t feel in control at all over my dish selection; however, due to the positive reviews, I felt safe that I’d probably like what arrived.Food quality/priceIn fact, the food is good, but definitely “casalinga”…think more “Grandma’s cooking” rather than “contemporary cuisine.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a good home-style dish, but I don’t think it warrants the prices charged. In regard to pricing, that too seemed very informal. Without a menu, you can’t be certain that your bill wasn’t influenced (positively or negatively) by how well you clicked with the owner.Service(This is THE “make or break” element.) As mentioned in other reviews, the owner Giuseppe makes a point to sit down and chat with his customers. And, in fact, after we had finished our meal, Giuseppe returned to our table, sat down and proceeded to talk for at least 20 minutes! By the time he was finished, it was getting late, and we decided to go. I felt what could have been a quiet evening with my husband turned into a table for three.I fully concede that many of the positive reviews are based on exactly the “friendly and warm” demeanor of the owners. So I’d say if you’re the gregarious type who loves (extended) banter with your host, this may be your place. If, like us, you prefer friendly but reserved service and straightforward selection and pricing, I would not recommend Locanda Garibaldi. I wish Giuseppe well, and I appreciate his passion for his work, but this just wasn't our type of place.

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2. Locanda Garibaldi

Via Cesare Battisti 15 Brenno Di Arcisate, 21051 Arcisate Italy Italian, Mediterranean, Deli, Tuscan, Sicilian, Lombard, Northern-Italian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Ta [email protected] +39 0332 856981 http://www.locandagaribaldi.it/
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere
Overall Ratings

4 based on 579 reviews

Locanda Garibaldi

Reviewed By Meghan J

With over 500 “excellent” reviews and a smattering of “terrible” my husband and I felt safe in choosing Locanda Garibaldi as a new dining location. Usually in these instances the few outlying bad reviews relate to very specific events…a customer felt slighted, the kitchen’s timing was off, the chef perhaps had a rare bad night, etc. However, I really wish we had read through the bad reviews (in Italian) because many of them have common elements, which perfectly capture our night as well.Menu (or lack thereof)There is no menu, and the owner Giuseppe comes over, sits down at your table, and basically suggests what you’ll have. (Note: My husband is Italian, and I speak Italian. I have no idea how this process would work with non-Italian speakers!) When asked for details about certain dishes, Giuseppe’s response (in a jovial way) was, “it’s delicious; don’t you trust me?” I didn’t feel in control at all over my dish selection; however, due to the positive reviews, I felt safe that I’d probably like what arrived.Food quality/priceIn fact, the food is good, but definitely “casalinga”…think more “Grandma’s cooking” rather than “contemporary cuisine.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a good home-style dish, but I don’t think it warrants the prices charged. In regard to pricing, that too seemed very informal. Without a menu, you can’t be certain that your bill wasn’t influenced (positively or negatively) by how well you clicked with the owner.Service(This is THE “make or break” element.) As mentioned in other reviews, the owner Giuseppe makes a point to sit down and chat with his customers. And, in fact, after we had finished our meal, Giuseppe returned to our table, sat down and proceeded to talk for at least 20 minutes! By the time he was finished, it was getting late, and we decided to go. I felt what could have been a quiet evening with my husband turned into a table for three.I fully concede that many of the positive reviews are based on exactly the “friendly and warm” demeanor of the owners. So I’d say if you’re the gregarious type who loves (extended) banter with your host, this may be your place. If, like us, you prefer friendly but reserved service and straightforward selection and pricing, I would not recommend Locanda Garibaldi. I wish Giuseppe well, and I appreciate his passion for his work, but this just wasn't our type of place.

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3. Locanda Garibaldi

Via Cesare Battisti 15 Brenno Di Arcisate, 21051 Arcisate Italy Italian, Mediterranean, Deli, Tuscan, Sicilian, Lombard, Northern-Italian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Ta [email protected] +39 0332 856981 http://www.locandagaribaldi.it/
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere
Overall Ratings

4 based on 579 reviews

Locanda Garibaldi

Reviewed By Meghan J

With over 500 “excellent” reviews and a smattering of “terrible” my husband and I felt safe in choosing Locanda Garibaldi as a new dining location. Usually in these instances the few outlying bad reviews relate to very specific events…a customer felt slighted, the kitchen’s timing was off, the chef perhaps had a rare bad night, etc. However, I really wish we had read through the bad reviews (in Italian) because many of them have common elements, which perfectly capture our night as well.Menu (or lack thereof)There is no menu, and the owner Giuseppe comes over, sits down at your table, and basically suggests what you’ll have. (Note: My husband is Italian, and I speak Italian. I have no idea how this process would work with non-Italian speakers!) When asked for details about certain dishes, Giuseppe’s response (in a jovial way) was, “it’s delicious; don’t you trust me?” I didn’t feel in control at all over my dish selection; however, due to the positive reviews, I felt safe that I’d probably like what arrived.Food quality/priceIn fact, the food is good, but definitely “casalinga”…think more “Grandma’s cooking” rather than “contemporary cuisine.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a good home-style dish, but I don’t think it warrants the prices charged. In regard to pricing, that too seemed very informal. Without a menu, you can’t be certain that your bill wasn’t influenced (positively or negatively) by how well you clicked with the owner.Service(This is THE “make or break” element.) As mentioned in other reviews, the owner Giuseppe makes a point to sit down and chat with his customers. And, in fact, after we had finished our meal, Giuseppe returned to our table, sat down and proceeded to talk for at least 20 minutes! By the time he was finished, it was getting late, and we decided to go. I felt what could have been a quiet evening with my husband turned into a table for three.I fully concede that many of the positive reviews are based on exactly the “friendly and warm” demeanor of the owners. So I’d say if you’re the gregarious type who loves (extended) banter with your host, this may be your place. If, like us, you prefer friendly but reserved service and straightforward selection and pricing, I would not recommend Locanda Garibaldi. I wish Giuseppe well, and I appreciate his passion for his work, but this just wasn't our type of place.

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4. Locanda Garibaldi

Via Cesare Battisti 15 Brenno Di Arcisate, 21051 Arcisate Italy Italian, Mediterranean, Deli, Tuscan, Sicilian, Lombard, Northern-Italian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Ta [email protected] +39 0332 856981 http://www.locandagaribaldi.it/
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere
Overall Ratings

4 based on 579 reviews

Locanda Garibaldi

Reviewed By Meghan J

With over 500 “excellent” reviews and a smattering of “terrible” my husband and I felt safe in choosing Locanda Garibaldi as a new dining location. Usually in these instances the few outlying bad reviews relate to very specific events…a customer felt slighted, the kitchen’s timing was off, the chef perhaps had a rare bad night, etc. However, I really wish we had read through the bad reviews (in Italian) because many of them have common elements, which perfectly capture our night as well.Menu (or lack thereof)There is no menu, and the owner Giuseppe comes over, sits down at your table, and basically suggests what you’ll have. (Note: My husband is Italian, and I speak Italian. I have no idea how this process would work with non-Italian speakers!) When asked for details about certain dishes, Giuseppe’s response (in a jovial way) was, “it’s delicious; don’t you trust me?” I didn’t feel in control at all over my dish selection; however, due to the positive reviews, I felt safe that I’d probably like what arrived.Food quality/priceIn fact, the food is good, but definitely “casalinga”…think more “Grandma’s cooking” rather than “contemporary cuisine.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a good home-style dish, but I don’t think it warrants the prices charged. In regard to pricing, that too seemed very informal. Without a menu, you can’t be certain that your bill wasn’t influenced (positively or negatively) by how well you clicked with the owner.Service(This is THE “make or break” element.) As mentioned in other reviews, the owner Giuseppe makes a point to sit down and chat with his customers. And, in fact, after we had finished our meal, Giuseppe returned to our table, sat down and proceeded to talk for at least 20 minutes! By the time he was finished, it was getting late, and we decided to go. I felt what could have been a quiet evening with my husband turned into a table for three.I fully concede that many of the positive reviews are based on exactly the “friendly and warm” demeanor of the owners. So I’d say if you’re the gregarious type who loves (extended) banter with your host, this may be your place. If, like us, you prefer friendly but reserved service and straightforward selection and pricing, I would not recommend Locanda Garibaldi. I wish Giuseppe well, and I appreciate his passion for his work, but this just wasn't our type of place.

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