Advantages Fantastic food, really very good
Disadvantages The service is not quite as good as you would expect in a place like here
The restaurant I am reviewing is that of Prezzo's Italian restaurant in Epping.Full address is 236 HIGH STREET, EPPING, ESSEX, CM16 4AP.
On this occasion I went with a friend and as we were planning to go on a Friday evening, I felt it best to book.My phonecall was answered promptly and courteously and allowed me to request a table for two for 7.45 on that coming Friday (I gave them about 5 days notice.
My friend and I know the area well and thought the parking would be a doddle so didn't leave much time to get parked. Essentially the journey there was very easy. We came from the M11 roundabout and simply followed the signs to Epping. Then kept on the straight and didn't turn off anywhere until we saw the high street.The restaurant is visible from the road (coming from the M11 direction, it is on the left. Parking wise the place is a bit of a joke. Well, there is quite a lot of places to park but some of them worry me as it is double yellow lines and some say 'taxi's only'.
I am usually inclined to believe that traffic wardens do not work at that time of evening, but I suppose you never know. In the end we pulled up outside the restaurant and waited for someone to leave so we could get a space near to the restaurant. We could have parked further up a bit more easily but the night was cold and we didn't fancy the walk.Outside the restaurant does not look very stylish and almost looks quite pokey and small with just one or two tables outside for outside diners or smokers.
Anyhow, we eventually entered the restaurant at 8pm. I had never been there before (my friend neither) and although some may say it is self explanatory, it wasn't very obvious which door was the entrance. I am pleased to say we picked the correct door the first time!Inside we were instantly hit with the heat and promptly removed our coats and hats (as I said before ti was a very cold night!). We had not been before and we unsure of what to do as no one greeted us as soon as we got in. It was only when we got up to the bar and said sorry we were late and that we had a table reserved that we were dealt with. I said my name and our reservation name and the waitress looked unsure. I started to think they had not booked us in at all and we were going to be turned away. She then went up to the bar and got out a big book and sure enough we were booked in thenakfully. However, our table wasn't ready and we were asked to take a seat in the bar area. Wasn't offered any drinks whilst we were waiting. It really was quite hot inside. There was no menu's at the bar table we sat at, so we talked amongst ourselves. It would be handy to have menus here as we were starving and wanted to decide and eat ASAP.
Anyhow, we only waited about five minutes, so twenty mintues after our reservation time we actually sat down. After you go through the bar area, we were led to an large restaurant area which surprised me as, as I said before the outside looked quite pokey and small.Contrary as well to my reconceived idea as to what the restaurant would be like, it was not filled with couples dining, but mainly large groups of girls and one family whilst we were there.
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