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La Cocina di Popolla

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$30 - $60
Seafood, Contemporary, Central-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed September 6, 2021

Visited at the recommendation of our fine hotel. Seated outside and a very nice server helped us with menu.. Then those menus along with the wine list were passed from table to table....yuk! . The simple salads were good, but from our perspective the evening...went straight downhill. My entree arrived while my husband’s came much later not really what had been described...but ok, it was eatable. The experience inside....There was a long wait to enter the nastier toilet room we have encountered on our 6 week journey through Italy. While waiting I observed not a soul in the kitchen was wearing a mask, Chef, who regularly was patrolling the dining space was using his bare hands to pull up his pants, groom his hair and even pick something from the floor and then touch plates and perhaps even the food that were going to diners ... for all the hub- bub over green passes in Italy, don’t eating establishments still have an obligation for being sanitary?More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 14, 2021

Very disappointing and very expensive. Wine was not served at the right temperature, the spaghetti were completely uncooked (I’m Italian I know pasta al dente). The sea food was ok .. but overall very expensive for the experience.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 24, 2019 via mobile

Spaghetti with vongolle is up to 15€! Table service was included in the bill. Bottle of rose wine + 2 bottles of water + fried calamari + spaghetti vongolle + fish ~105€

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 30, 2019 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by a local who had been taken there. We sat on the terrace, not their fault but it got a little cold, on a cool evening it gets quite breezy. The service was slow as they had a big party...and while my fish was beautifully cooked (the local Ricciola) it was pricier than other fish we had had and came with a few coldish sautee potatoes and nothing else. It was not inspiring, and despite only having one bottle of wine and little else it was the most expensive meal we had during our stay. It was almost good but I think it is trying too hard to be more than just great Italian food.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful experience, highly recommended to everybody visiting Gaeta! The lovely service staff, great food and nice setting made this a dinner to remember! Thanks to the whole staff for an evening to remember. I sincerely hope I can visit this restaurant again. Bavette...ala moscardini is a must try!!More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Went there on a monday night, it was a little crowded but far from full. Before getting a table we were waiting between the entrance and the outdoor seating, searching contact with staff that kept passing us back and forth. Kinda cool as we felt...invisible. Anyway, once seated we shared an appetizer and after a long wait I got my main, that was on the verge to be cold. Waited as I wanted to eat with my partner, when her main arrived ten minutes later mine was completely cold. When I pointed out that the staff thought I got the wrong dish, took it away, and there I was. Didnt know what happened. Nobody seemed to notice that I was without food, in fact a smiling waitress came asking if ”everything was good”. Eeeh...no. Then food is way over-priced compared to much better places in Gaeta, you dont get very much on your plate and it wasnt even very well tasting (although that is a matter of the personal taste). As far as I could tell at least the seafood was fresh. Avoid.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

The location in the courtyard is perfect and gives you the right emotions. The menu is okey with a clear focus on fish and seafood. We had some starters that were great with fried cod, fried calamares and a Tuna Tartar. Winelist shows great taste....Now comes the misstakes. Their service didnt pay attention enough, since we were 6 people with children, so we needed some attention. Then there was 2 of the main courses that was uncompleted. Salted cod with creamy potatoes. They missed out on the potatoes. All in all. Nice place, good food and a few misstakes gives the rate of only 2 stars.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

Brilliant place! The owner and chef took our order and was super friendly and seems to always smiling. He had no problem making me a vegan dinner with two courses even there was nothing on the menu.

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

This place seemed promising when we sat down. Oh, what a mirage. Service: complete shambles. Utter chaos. We got one main course for our party of seven, it was another 40 mins til any other edibles made an appearance. Literally still waiting for the last...person receive anything in the way of food. 1.5 hours later. Waiters seem perplexed and confused. Their blank stares reflect their inner turmoil. This must be a rather challenging place to work. I can only imagine the anarchistic, unruly state of the kitchen. The staff attempt to maintain a facade of togetherness, but the underlying complete lack of common purpose shines desperately through. Also, our waiter seemed to grasp only one English phrase: "one fish". Pity.More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

Excellent sea food, great atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. Totally recommended restaurant in the city center.

Date of visit: July 2017
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La Cocina di Popolla is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4