I've noticed that Pierluigi receives very good reviews from some people, and rather poor reviews from others. I'm curious to know if this has more to do with the restaurant (different treatment for different clients) or with the reviewers (unrealistic expectations, inability to appreciate what is not familiar, etc.). Any opinions?
The one in Rome, you mean? I don't know everyone's reasons, but for me it is an upscale restaurant (prices, atmosphere) that serves subpar quality fish and sells wines that are just big names but do not really go well with the dishes (completely overpowering, for example). I hear the cocktails are very good, though (i don't care for them).
Weekday lunch at Pierluigi was long a perk for Italian and European bureaucrats. Early supper was the domain of tourists. My vacation rental is closeby so over the years I see the ebb and flow. This year, the bureaucrats were fewer and the early diners not necessarily a sure thing.
In short, Pierluigi, as a food destination, has been coasting for some time and may now have to up their game. The economy stinks and strong measures may be in order. We'll see.
I'm one of the people who gave a mostly negative review last summer (2012) and it was related to poor service for my table, while other tables around us dominated the serving staff. I was also displeased with the level of service received when we did actually get the server's attention.
When I combined the service with the average quality of the food I found the experience completely underwhelming. The ambiance of the court yard was very nice but it could not cover the lapses in service or average food.
I'm quite familiar with Italian cuisine and have travelled extensively in Italy over the years. My point of reference and comparison was with other recent high end restaurant (Geranium, La Degustation, Anna Sacher, etc...) experiences in Europe.
We had dinner there last summer. They had a new menu that was wonderful and we had a great dinner with perfect service. We have been dining there for years as we visit Rome every summer. We certainly plan on eating there again in July. They have always gone out of their way to make us feel wecome.
It is mostly about personal preference I think.
I am in the I love PierLuigi camp. With my experience being consistently high quality food and service.
I had lunch there about 10 days ago on one of the first warm roman spring days. The service was excellent, the fish incredibly fresh and impeccably cooked and the setting elegant and relaxing.