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Filo - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Downtown

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 50%
  • Service 60%
  • Food (Execution) 50%
  • Creativity 40%
  • Value 60%

Details for Location Reviewed
Filo - Buenos Aires

Locale: Buenos Aires, Downtown Address: San Martín 975

Telephone: +54 11 4311-0312
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$
Menu items offered: Breads and Pastries, Coffee, Espresso, Pasta, Pizza
Hours: Sun-Sat: 7pm to 12:30am

Restaurant Details
Filo - Buenos Aires

Locale: Buenos Aires, Downtown Address: San Martín 975

Telephone: +54 11 4311-0312

Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza Service Type: Table Service Price: $$$ Menu items offered: Breads and Pastries, Coffee, Espresso, Pasta, Pizza

Hours: Sun-Sat: 7pm to 12:30am

Summary

The only saving grace in this event was the fact that everything was pretty reasonably priced. But bad, at any price, no matter how low, is not a value. So the best we could offer was 3 stars for value. Overall this place scored a disgraceful 2.6 stars overall.

Resumen del crítica

The only saving grace in this event was the fact that everything was pretty reasonably priced. But bad, at any price, no matter how low, is not a value. So the best we could offer was 3 stars for value. Overall this place scored a disgraceful 2.6 stars overall.

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Restaurant Review for Filo - Buenos Aires

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 2.6 stars
Review Date: 08/07/2015

Why are we publishing a review for a restaurant that scored less than 3 stars overall? Isn’t it our policy not to embarrass an establishment with our scorn and harsh words when it is less than average? Well, it’s true. That is the general policy. But the fine print reads that when we add a restaurant to our list of the Most Overrated Restaurants in a city we will write and publish a review.

Well Filo has just been added to that list. This restaurant scores 4 stars or better on every consumer review site we checked. Yet this was one of the worst outings we’ve experienced in Buenos Aires. It’s right up there running neck and neck with that horrible place in Palermo Hollywood that calls itself an Italian trattoria.

So here we go. Filo is part tavern, part restaurant serving appetizers, salads, pizzas, pasta and desserts.

Let’s start with the décor. Some local blog described the décor as XXX. More like dingy, depressing colors like burnt orange and ocre red. Murals by some pretending to be an artist that has less artistic ability than my 4 year old nephew, Toby. The light fixtures are funky and (this is being polite) ugly. How could someone think any of this décor is appealing? The female manikin wearing pink lingerie was the most artistic thing in the place and that was in bad taste.

If I’d had purposely been trying to create the ugliest and most depressing place I could imagine, I couldn’t have topped what they did in this restaurant. It was just downright ugly. Oh … Did I mention the red naugahyde (fake leather) booths.

The waiters and waitresses are young and inexperienced. On the Sunday I was there the bar tender was doubling as a waiter. They were clearly understaffed. Nice kids but not very good waiters.

Now for the food. The only thing they serve is pizzas on Sundays. So I elected to try the pizza with peppers, artichokes and shavings of parmesan cheese.

You have to eat this pizza with a fork because it’s soggy and falling apart. I pulled off one of the barely crisp pieces at the edge of the pizza that had not be soaked in the toppings and tasted it. Was that cardboard? I actually thought it tasted like what I imagined cardboard would taste like. I couldn’t remember if I’ve ever tasted cardboard. I remember eating paper once for some crazy reason … but never cardboard. So for the sake of accuracy I took a bite of the cardboard cover on my spiral notebook. It’s confirmed. This pizza dough tasted like cardboard.

And those “Parmesan cheese shavings”? I’m pretty sure that was plastic. Seriously. It was horrible.

This pizza now has the honor of being the worst pizza I’ve tasted in Buenos Aires. I’ve had some pretty average slices of pizza. But this one actually was well below average.

So there you have it. 2.5 stars for ambiance, 3 for service, 2.5 for execution, and 2 for creativity (bad taste is not creative). The only saving grace in this event was the fact that everything was pretty reasonably priced. But bad, at any price, no matter how low, is not a value. So the best we could offer was 3 stars for value. Overall this place scored a disgraceful 2.6 stars overall. Congratulations to Filo for being added to our Most Overrated Restaurants list and disgracing an entire country in Europe in the process.

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