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“What a pity!”

Restaurant Sportpavilion
Ranked #29 of 33 Restaurants in Pontresina
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

The effort of wasting a good Italian cookery tradition, plus the ability of pizza baking in a real wood-fired oven is performed here at least twice a day, plus the joy of an extended cooking according to the mood of the pizza-baker, structurally a wordy and lazy guy in his sixties, although clearly a pillar of the daily turnover – but the leading responsible of what may lead to a slow but certain failure of this place.
The dough is scarcely leavened and the floor is clearly inappropriate (certainly not a good quality 00 type). Yeast could be correcting the disaster, but the effects of altitude (1,800 mts) and climate (temperature and humidity) apparently have not been taken into account. Last but not least the whole is baked in a oven which operates at a temperature well lower the traditionally recommended 450°C for wood fired ovens which extends waiting time (unacceptable especially when patrons are very few) and renders the pizza a real cardboard as it cools down.
You may go for meat, but be aware that the “Engadine Restaurant Cartel”, which would require a strong anti-trust and competition authorities investigation) sets here a price of about 200 CHF (Swiss Francs), or € 176.7, or $ 207.6 to the Kilo for veal, beef and lamb. Honest thing: This is stated on the menu. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

We didn´t want to drive far and were hungry and tired otherwise we probably would have left again. No greeting, a cafeteria-like interior, a waitress who spoke no German and couldn´t even state what juices they offer and a long wait for our pizzas. Those luckily were ok. We ate and left. Prices still high as typical for the region, e.g. CHF 20 for a pizza Quattro Stagioni.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

We had to wait for so long (1 hour for a pizza) in a nearly empty restaurant,we decided to leave. Even that was unpleasant, no excuses, no understanding, just the rude attitude of people who know nothing about good service.

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Thank ggroendeiters
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Reviewed 19 January 2016

We got to this restaurant as this was a last option for us on that day. We were a big group, that was 1st January - all around was booked. Our guys visited restaurant on a day before and were not impressed with interior (actually this is the point where I had to scale it down from Excellent) - but we simply had no choice!
And we all (4 families with kids etc) were happy in the end that we failed to get anywhere else. Because the food was great! Christian (chef) is just a talent! we all took different meal but I did not hear a disappointed voice!
A word for service - Mauro is an artist, playing his role perfectly well. Very friendly, very live guy with fast reaction, he was a perfect servant for the place.
Interior - well, very simple place. But cozy anyway.
What I know for sure, If I am in Pontresina again, I 'm not gonna miss a chance to have a dinner there. 100%.

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Thank Ruswiss
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Reviewed 7 January 2016

If you come to Pontresina you have to visit Sportpavillon to feel the nice view over the mountains, to see the skaters, curling players and to enjoy good drinks and fine pizzas.The service is friendly even by crowdy and noisy public.Nice place to visit.

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