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“Avoid at all costs for food.”

Antico Casale degli Ulivi
Ranked #34 of 107 Restaurants in Avola
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$40
Description: The Antico Casale degli Ulivi is also a restaurant/pizzeria with high quality cuisine that contrasts ancient and modern dishes of both meat and fish, accompanied by fine wines from Sicilian wine cellars.
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Description: The Antico Casale degli Ulivi is also a restaurant/pizzeria with high quality cuisine that contrasts ancient and modern dishes of both meat and fish, accompanied by fine wines from Sicilian wine cellars.
Reviewed 8 July 2018

I hate writing bad reviews but at the same time we must be fair. This venue is really not very good for food at all i'm afraid.
We booked earlier in the day and upon arrival were seated in a table right next to a night light (in an outdoors restaurant) which meant the table (and us) were covered in little night flies. We asked to move and they had no space available so we ended up in a small table hidden away near the outdoor air vent escape.
The menu, which was extensive, seemed good in writing however unfortunately not quite the same as the description.
I ordered the pasta wtih sausage and aubergines on a bed of basil. What actually arrived (and then went back to the kitchen) was a plate of very soggy pasta (to the point where there was water on my plate as the sauce) with a couple of leaves of basil, badly cooked (and cut) aubergine, and sausage sprinkled everywhere. The pasta had next to no taste and was covered in parsley (not described on the menu). To top it off, this was garnished with balsamic glaze...for a pasta dish?!
I'm Italian and really expected more so sadly had to return the food.
My husband ordered tuna with onion sauce..the reality was over cooked tuna steak with raw onions (not sauce) under the tuna..again, not quite what was described.
The starters (arancini balls) were so greasy that I had to use my napkin to dry off the frying oil and these were not fresh but frozen goods.
The service however was great! Our waitress was really apologetic, didn't charge us for the pasta and tried to find a solution for my lack of dinner.
The venue itself is big (perhaps a little too big) but the attention to detail isn't amazing.
I've had much better food in this part of Sicily and sadly wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Booked this place after looking a TripAdvisor reviews that graded it above 4 stars. Well, I may be a tiny bit more demanding being Italian, but this vote is way above reality. 20 minutes to get appetizers , 1 hour for first course, risotto mantecato (milanese) which is not and trofie pasta mixed with spaghetti are to me clear signs of a service and kitchen which hurry things along and put no effort in quality. Overall food quality was ok and en par for a pizzeria place , they also serve Pizza by the way, but certainly not top quality. There are so many great places less than a mile away that you need to ask yourself why wasting time to get ok food and long waits. Just look elsewhere for a dinner to remember and a great Sicilian food experience.

Thank Mclat
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Reviewed 28 June 2015

The restaurant on site of our agriturismo was shut on Tuesday night so we had to look elsewhere. This was within walking distance and well worth the stroll. A lovely evening sat outside with attentive service, recommendations for wine and quality food.

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Thank Eileen M
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Let's start with the nice stuff.
Location is pleasant an service is quite attentive, the fish was fresh and it wold be a nice place.

HOWEVER

we wanted to have some fish but we have been told there is no written fish menu so the waiter listed all available options without mentioning any cost.
We ordered starters and a main course (pasta with seafood), starters were nice (as said fish was fresh) but we had to wait a lot for starters based on raw fish.
Main course was good, but nothing special or unforgettable, you can do the same easily at home and I'm sure quantity would be much more reasonable.
The bill was a very bad surprise, we didn't receive the details of each line we ordered an was 40 Eur each, unexpected and much higher of the restaurant in the area.
We appreciated the fresh ingredients but those prices (btw unknown so far as no menu, no details) are much (way too much) higher than other locations.
It was misleading and not fair, and we want to warn this to avoid same bad experience especially to foreigners.

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3  Thank wimario
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ghenia, Proprietario at Antico Casale degli Ulivi, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014
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COME DICE LEI ...INIZIAMO DALLE COSE BELLE E FRESCHE...e Mi permetta ...GENUINE.Il nostro capo sala ,come in tutti i piccoli ristoranti di nicchia ,consigliano ed indicano il fresco del giorno e sicuramente non si mettono ad elencare i vari prezzi dei singoli piatti,sarebbe inopportuno e sgradevole,purtuttavia in base alle nostre esperienze ,qualche cliente chiede un menu' completo di pesce quanto venga a costare ,ed il nostro bravo caposala ,puntualmente risponde che puo' variare dalle trenta (30) alle quaranta(40) euro,in base alla scelta e senza ,ovviamente bevande.Caro Amico ,mi permetta di rammentarle che il vino ha un suo costo ed una bottiglia di Corvo Glicine mediamente costa €18 se poi sono due ...allora il costo lievita...ma questo solo per il vino .Veda la sua recensione da una parte mi lusinga e dall'altra mi rattrista e Le spiego il perche': Lei cita varie volte il pesce freschissimo e cucinato bene e non fa' un solo appunto al fatto che insieme ai suoi commensali abbiate mangiato male....ERGO...era tutto Buonissimo. Veda Caro Amico ,il pesce nei ristoranti si distingue in due categorie ..CONGELATO E FRESCO....noi in coscienza offriamo solo il Fresco e si informi al KG quanto costa intanto e poi mi ringraziera' per averla trattato cosi onestamente.Altro appuntino ....il crudo non si prepara in anticipo ,come fanno quasi tutti,ma al momento dell'ordinazione,quindi se Lei vuole degustare il gamberetto rosso del mediterraneo(ITALIA) e non ARGENTINO O TAILANDESE ,abbi la bonta' di aspettare qualche minutino in piu' ,sicuramente nè varrà ,come è stato ,la pena.Ultimo e non meno importante ...noi non facciamo cassa vendendo dessert confezionati a MILANO ma solamente dessert preparati dai pasticceri locali che sicuramente nella qualita' e freschezza sono come il pesce che quotidianamente compriamo.Concludo esortandola a cenare in ristoranti medio/alti come il nostro e si ricrederà sia sul conto e sulla qualità e mi permetta di consigliarLa altresi di tralasciare i MCdonalds ed iniziare a far gustare il suo palato. GRAZIE E A PRESTO

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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile
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