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“Enjoy the flavour of Calabria”

Trattoria Vecchia Guardia
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Price range: US$ 24 - US$ 35
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Some friends of mine highly recommended this place so we decided to go and I have to say the food was really deliciuous.
We really enjoyed our dinner there...the service is great and the staff really nice.
Eating in 4 so we had a chance to try many dishes and I can say all seafood was really fresh and always cooked in a special way.

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Thank nicariello
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michele p, Direttore at Trattoria Vecchia Guardia, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017


thanks for the review,
we are pleased that you enjoyed our food and it was all to your liking.
see you soon
regards

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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Came here for dinner with my family and some friends on my last visit to Calabria. My parents had eaten here two years ago and had great memories of the food, so our expectations were pretty high. My partner and I do not normally eat fish or meat, but my parents remembered there were good vegetarian options on the menu so we thought we'd have some choice. Unfortunately, this turned out not to be the case at all!! The restaurant has recently changed management and the menu has been completely revisited. With the exception of a starter and some disappointing side dishes, there were no vegetarian options on the menu at all. So we accepted our fate and decided to order some fish instead. The starter (mussles and cockles) was good and abundant - nothing too special, but nice (although a bit overpriced at €12 per portion...). The spaghetti allo scoglio were really nice and flavoursome. The branzino (seabass) with courgettes and potatoes was OK but I was expecting something more special. The side order of roast potatoes was terrible - they were clearly frozen and very dry. Overall, it was a bit of a disappointing experience - not bad, but for the price we paid and what we had heard, we were expecting more. The service was also not particularly attentive, although the owner was very courteous and talkative to us as we left and offered us a limoncello. We were told that if we had come earlier in the evening, we may have been able to taste some of the fish specials of the day, which had all run out by the time we got there (10pm). Something to keep in mind when planning a future visit. Also it's worth booking ahead to secure a place on the nice outside terrace. Despite booking, we were seated inside, which also did not contribute to making the experience very special.

Thank Arianna T
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michele p, Direttore at Trattoria Vecchia Guardia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016
Google Translation

Salve,
Grazie per la recensione.
Rispondo in italiano per dare la possibilità di leggere a chiunque la recensione, voi basta che traducete.
Inizio con la premessa che "la vecchia guardia" non era e non è un RISTORANTE PER VEGETARIANI.. Forse in zona non esiste un ristorante per vegetariani!!!
Detto questo un saute ai frutti di mare a 12 € mi sembra un prezzo onesto..la porzione come da lei detto è abbondante e buona.. Non so dalle vostre parti ma qui da noi le vongole vanno a a 14 € al kg.. Il branzino è un piatto delicato e gustoso, direi eccezionale ed ottimo rapporto qualità prezzo.. Non so proprio cosa si aspettava..
Per le patate al forno, beh purtroppo per ragioni interne abbiamo dovuto cambiare linea.. Sicuramente l'anno prossimo ci saranno delle modifiche in meglio.
Mi dispiace che il locale abbia deluso le vostre aspettative..
Saluti!

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Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

This is a nice place, personnel is kind and attentive. The food is pricy and not at the level you would expect. Calabria is a region where you can have great food for a great price. Unfortunately here you get mediocre food for a high price. It seems to me that due to their success, they have lost their origins and authenticity.

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Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

Very nice view from the terrace. Homemade past and dishes were delicious. We had the touristic menu for 28€ each, all included. It was so generous that we could not finish it all.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

This restaurant can be found on a sidestreet to the left of the main square in San Nicola. Let me start by saying it is beautifully appointed, quite intimate, very brightly lit, offers good service and the food is superb, if not a little expensive. What really lets this place down is the poor menu. This must be the smallest menu I have ever seen! If, like me, you are a picky eater, then this is not for you. From memory, there were 4 x 3 course set meals and 1 x 2 course set meal to choose from and very little on the "a la carte" page, To be fair, they did offer us something "off Menu" and the crisped potatoes were unique and deliciously different. In summary - if you eat anything and everything, this restaurant will not disappoint. If you like a great choice and enjoy trying different variations, then this establishment will probably not suffice.

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