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“Good place for lunch”
Review of La Cantina Fritta

La Cantina Fritta
Ranked #9 of 84 Restaurants in Luino
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 8 - US$ 17
Description: Friggittoria specialita pesce
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Description: Friggittoria specialita pesce
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The smal place offers different kinds of seafood. We tried serveral dishes and all were quite good. The staff is very friendly und the offered wine were also very good.

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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

La Cantina fritta is a very small but cosy restaurant. The fried food is amazing (especually the totami). The service is very friendly and fast. The tables could be better and the variety of drinks, but the rest is al perfect. Cantina fritta is a great place for lunch and diner. We ate here twice and it was wonderful. Becouse it is so small it is very peaceful. I definitely recommend Cantina fritta for lunch or diner.

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Veruska N, Proprietario at La Cantina Fritta, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

If you're a fish-lover, I would definately recommend La Cantina Fritta. It has great fried and grilled fish dishes. Especially the "Totani" (thin, fried squid rings) was very tasty and crispy. The owner was very kind. The only downside of this restaurant is the size of the restaurant; It only has 5 tables. But that doesn't make it a bad restaurant. If you're hungry and looking for some tasty fish dishes, then go to "La Cantina Fritta" in Luino.

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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

On what was predicted as a "code red" weather day we took the chance and a boat from Cannero Riviera to Luino. After visiting the market we went to search this place because of TA recommendation.
It was well worth the walk because we had a beautiful lunch of Fritto di Lago and Fritto di mare combined with beautiful crunchy tempura battered veggies. Fish was very fresh and tasted amazing. 2 very nice ladies running this establishment took really great care of us. A lunch to remember!

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Reviewed 9 August 2016

I was eagerly looking forward to this place as I'm a MASSIVE lover of fish & seafood. Unfortunately I feel let down, it could haven been much much better.

It's a tiny place with a couple of tables indoors and 3 benches outside. I wouldn't call it a restaurant, it's more like a takeaway with a couple of seats.

Fritto Misto di Mare, which directly translates into 'seafood mixed fry' is supposed to be a variety of seafood and fish (often smelt, sardines, calamari, prawns, crayfish, scallops, lobster, etc...) lightly floured and deep fried served with a fresh lemon wedge.

I ordered the Fritto misto and the other half, a non-pescaterian, ordered chicken nuggets. Both were served with fried potatoes, not English chips or French fries but thick cut skin on English crisps/American chips (slices). I expected an assortment of fish and seafood but what I got was 99% calamari rings and tentacles and 3 tiny shrimps. While I am a lover of deep fried calamari, this is not what I ordered. I wanted an assortment of fruits of the sea, I wanted some fish. For 10 Euros, Obviously I didn't expect lobster, scallops or cray fish, but I did expect some fish.

I presume the oil wasn't hot enough as both the Fritto misto and the nuggets were very greasy. You can even see the grease in my picture. A bit off-putting to be honest. They were also seriously under seasoned. Not good.

What really cemented the fact in my mind that this place is below par is that the fritto misto was served without lemon wedges. A fish/seafood dish served without a citrus fruit is sacrilege. It's just not on. With lemons in abundance in Italy, it's sad that they don't do this. A drizzle of balsamic syrup and packets of ketchup & mayonnaise are no substitute.

I feel sad to write this review as the waiter and chef were so friendly and because the reviews are so complimentary but I am always honest on TA. What I was served was below par. I'd expect professionals to do a lot better.

I really hope they improve as I've had better fritto misto even in touristic establishments.

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Veruska N, Proprietario at La Cantina Fritta, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2016
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