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Dined on April 24, 2016

I am not sure Trip advisor's recommendation that this was one of the top restaurants in Watford as its only been open a few months. Great value and the staff were lovely but I think I was expecting something a bit different to what was described as it was a special birthday and I thought it was family run Italian. We did have a nice evening however although the menu was more for families/ outings when you are looking for a good variety menu and good value for money. I hope its a success for them as its a new venture.

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Dined on April 11, 2016

This amazing restaurant really was a pleasant surprise, i travelled to Watford with a friend and my daughter for my daughters 10th birthday so we could visit Harry Potter World. I found Vanchinos online and read some good reviews so decided to make a reservation for the day of my daughters birthday. The food was excellent and very quick service. The food was fresh and tasted amazing. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and even sang happy birthday to my daughter. Will definitely be back next time im in watford.

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Dined on April 9, 2016

Friendly welcoming Staff and good service. Tasty food and drink. Reasonable prices.

Spacious pleasant restaurant very clean.

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Dined on April 3, 2016

We visited last weekend for my sister's 16th birthday. The waiting staff, in particular the waitress, were lovely. The restaurant, on the other hand, looks tired. There is a great selection on the menu but the food was not good (apart from the cheesy garlic bread). We had mainly pastas and I wonder whether the pizzas might have been better.

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Dined on March 26, 2016

This is the first time we have eaten in this restaurant. Parking is particularly bad, but this is the same throughout the St Albans Road. I can live with that. I had the Spaghetti Bolognese, and my wife chose the superfood vegetarian salad option. make no mistake, the food was absolutely superb. However, there was a LARGE party of young children celebrating a birthday. When we first sat down, the children were relatively quiet. After a time, however, more children joined, and by the end of the meal, the noise was intolerable. No attempt was made by the parents or staff to quieten them down, and no consideration was made towards the other diners, who like us had to 'sit, grin and bear it'. Since posting this review I have contacted the restaurant directly, and they have assured me that no further childrens parties will be held in the evenings. I hope that this is the case, as I am sure many mature diners will get to know of the restaurant and come on a regular basis to enjoy the excellent cooking. We need independents such as Vanchinos as we have far too many mediocre chains.

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Dined on March 12, 2016

Went to Vanchino's for breakfast based on its TripAdvisor rating in Watford and we wanted to go to somewhere that wasn't a chain restaurant. I'd never been but the pictures looked good and thought we'd give it a go. The restaurant is large, clean and welcoming if a bit dated. It was rather empty with only around 6 other diners but that suited us as it was peaceful for a mid-morning breakfast.

We ordered our drinks and food, and this is where things started to go wrong. The waitress was lovely and helpful but our food took 50 minutes to arrive. I'd expect this of a busy restaurant but not one where there are only a handful of other diners, of which 4 of them already had their food.

The descriptions of the breakfasts are so enticing, so we were expecting good things. Perhaps that's why the food was taking so long... alas no. The food was underwhelming to say the least and one of our orders was late, and wrong. Maybe we just ordered the wrong things, but it was very much as though they had given the very minimum required to create each dish; 2 strawberries on the strawberry pancakes, no cinnamon on the french toast, 2 sausage bap turned out to be filled with mangled sausage meat in an oily fleatbread which was much more akin to a kebab than a sausage bap.

I really wanted it to be good, because there really aren't enough independent places for breakfast/bunch in watford but I doubt I'll be returning.

I have heard good things about Vanchino's pizza so, if you're thinking of coming for breakfast, perhaps best to avoid and wait til dinner.

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Dined on March 6, 2016

This is a great addition to the selection of restaurants in Watford. We love Italian food and the menu here covers all tastes. We particularly noted that there is a large selection of breakfast items on the menu so we'll have to go back there again soon.

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Dined on March 5, 2016

Read great reviews and visited as a bit of a sceptic. The food and service were faultless, great value too.
I would not consider the venue to be romantic or intimate or particularly to my taste but the other aspects were faultless.


Vanchino's does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Vanchino's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01923 804800.

Vanchino's is rated 3.6 stars by 8 OpenTable diners.