Il Pirata used to be my favorite Italian restaurant in Eastwood. The place is rather pricey compared to the two other Italian restaurants back then, but at least I was sure to have good food and a relatively quiet environment.
In the past months, though, it seemed that the quality has been going down the drains - not to mention the portion size. The other week, I went there for dinner, thinking that I would be in for a decent meal. I couldn't have been more wrong.
This lasagna looks alright, but it tasted like cardboard that had been soaking for days. I think the dish was several days old! I ate about half, just because I didn't want to waste it, but I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
This tuna carpaccio was even worse. It was a disaster, really. You can see by the color of the tuna that it was bad. At first I tried to rationalize it by saying that they squeezed lemon all over the fish - hence the weird color. But even the lemon could not mask the fact that the fish was old. After a taste, I didn't touch it anymore. Even with my life insurance policy, I don't really want to risk kicking the bucket just because of some old tuna!
It was really depressing, because I have always seen Il Pirata as a haven in the hustle and bustle that is Eastwood. It was always a place where you can go without having to have a bit of quiet.
I am not going back to Il Pirata in the foreseeable future, but it will always hold a special place in my foodie heart. Some photos to remind me of the good old times.
I think this sign is an indication that the restaurant is experiencing hard times. On top of their 50% off promo on weekday afternoons, they are not offering deals for beer and bar chow.
View of the "ship" where we've had many a fun night.
The water feature from my favorite "working space" outside.
The entrance to the restaurant.
Things change. Now I have to try Italianni's again for some good Italian food.