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“Our food was practically inedible”
Review of Charisma Cucina Italiana - CLOSED

Charisma Cucina Italiana
Price range: US$15 - US$25
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Family run italian bistro
Berkeley, California
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Our food was practically inedible”
Reviewed 30 January 2012

We went on a holiday weeknight and the small restaurant had only a few couples and one party of six. We finally figured out that the latter were family of the owners. Fortunately, as it turned out, none of our party of three was particularly hungry, as the inexplicably slow-to-come food was practically inedible. My crab dish was made with previously frozen too old meat. Even something as simple as crostini was made with untoasted bread and reeked of raw garlic. We took over half of everything back to our hotel, but it all ended up in the garbage.

Visited December 2011
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian cuisine at affordable prices.”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

And on top, the nices of people run it and serve you in the most accomodating way. For example, ask for their mushroom rissotto or the Carbonara, even if not in the menu, and usually they'll be more than happy to make one for you.

Visited December 2011
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