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“Great view, good food”
Review of L'Arco d'Oro

L'Arco d'Oro
Ranked #63 of 118 Restaurants in Forio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$19
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Stoped by twice, once for lunch, and once for dinner. If you can, go for dinner, as you have a front row seat to a spectacular sunset.
Both occasions we enjoyed our meals, even if not mind blowing, all the same very good.

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Thank Danny S
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Reviewed 11 April 2015 via mobile

We were greeted as if we were old friends and had the choice of tables. We sat by the window to watch a glorious sunset.
We were given extras, focacia and sweet peas, the meal was excellent there was a wood fire to keep the April chill off and a complimentary glass of mandarin liquor.
Great location, great restaurant, well worth the effort to get up the hill.

Thank specky
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Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

I have been to L'arco now twice. The first time the food was well presented and good.

So with other options available, I chose to return for a second time.

The repair ant was less crowded and the same male server, who was erratic on our first visit, presided over this visit. With less tables to attend to I hoped his focus would be better, unfortunately not for us.

We ordered a. It the of acqua frissante and then wanted alici, fried crispy smelt but our waiter encouraged is to try a the fried mixed.fish offering and we agreed. Presentation to the table gave us thought it would be special however the fish were tasteless and we had difficulty with the number of small bones. We tried about a third of the plate but then decided to tell our waiter it was a huge disappointment. He mumbled something like, well that is the style of fish we offer.

Now mind you, my dinner companion and I are Italian, she in fact has been coming to Ischia for that last 70.years, and considers herself more Ischitano than Napolitano now. She also shared clearly her disappointment.

On to our next choice- spaghetti with clams. Normally this should take not longer than the time to boil water, dump the pasta and cook al dente, combine with a fresh sauce and clams and voila..Dinner. But today, after a 30.plus minute wait, I had to.ask the waiter if they went to the sea to find fresh clams? Again more minutes passed and finally our meal came out. I looked at both plates and wondered why they were served in such visibly different amounts- my portion enormous. And Ida's quite small.

I started with the clams and could taste the sand which had not been cleaned from the clams. The sauce was not liquidy gold with fragrant olive oil so the plate of pasta was quite dry.

We discussed our thoughts and while at first decided to remain quiet, I reflected on each part of the meal and decided to pull.the waiter over and tell him that our food was inedible as presented.

He then shocked us with the following-- he said to us the chef told him we would send it back as he knew the clams were not clean!! So, chef, why would you even send it to the table?

We were both stunned.

Instead of making us another plate, we said just bring us a plate of pasta with a fresh tomato sauce.

But this too --Both Ida and I said simultaneously- the pasta water had not been salted. Almost no sauce or oil to bath the pasta.

We simply could not eat this meal. I asked for the check, went to the counter to pay, and between the waiter and the check out girl a converation ensued about the fish..he told her to remove it from the ticket.

I really should have refused to pay for the meal overall as it was the worst meal.ive had in Ischia in the past 30 days. Clearly they wanted their 30 euros. PS note, the cover charge is 2 euro with is seating and bread...I had to ask the waiter for bread, which should have been delivered with the bottle of water. It too was stale and for some odd reason I thought this was an American or some tourist preferred version of white bread. A final insult as it was delivered after the pasta and my second bottle of water never arrived.

On my way out, I did state clearly I would share my experience via a TripAdvisor review to the woman who took my money and appeared to be in charge at the restaurant.

Indifferent and unfazed, no apologies for the poor meal. Every opportunity had been presented to dig themselves out of a hole and so I encourage TripAdvisor readers, that you could have a good meal here why risk it.when there are better and more consistent choices available.

1  Thank DianaMancini
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

In the northern part of a town wildly grew in recent years, as Forio is (probably the worst town of the Ischia island in this respect), this property stands out for its pleasing appearance. It has a B & B attached, and stands on a terrace raised above the coastal road; so that, although on the interior side of road, it enables a gorgeous view - as well as on Epomeo mountain, which dominates the island - on the sea west of Ischia: on clear days (it was our case) the distant island Ventotene is clearly distinguished.
The food was great, and the portions were generous. We can testify about the pasta dishes we ordered: "paccheri" (a type of large macaroni, typical of Naples) with seafood; and "linguine" with mussels.
Being very hungry (we had walked for most of the day), we ordered also a swordfish dish: and one portion was so large that it was enough for both of us.
Finally, a glass (shared between us as well) of "rucolino", ie a bitter derived from the "rucola" herb, so typical of the Ischia island. Price: just over fifty Euros, including a liter of water and a pint of wine in bulk. If you add the fiendliness of the staff, it seems to me that any further comment is superfluous

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1  Thank Brun066
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Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile
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