I have heard about Del Arte a thousand times on French television and was sure it's a very commercial place, but I though why not try it. Located everywhere in France, Del Arte has a branch in Val D'Europe next to Disneyland. Accompanied with my kids, we went there for a late lunch.
There's a regular menu and a kids menu. Pasta, pizza, lasagne or gnocchi for them while the main menu hosts a selection of Italian specialities; the month's specialities, antipasti, meat&fish, salads&carpaccio, pizzas, pasta&risotto, desserts as well as a set menu for a quick lunch.
The place has an open kitchen, a tree decorating the main part of the restaurant, posters of people enjoying their meals on the walls and white tiles on the floor.
Lunch starts with a basket of bread and a bottle of olive oil... But wait!
Don't add oil before reading the content of this bottle. It's not pure olive oil, but 68% sunflower oil mixed with different kinds of olive oil and spices. It's cheap. The bread on another hand is fresh, tender, lightly crunchy on the outside and moist in its heart.
- Spaghetti All'amateiciana: An over-cooked plate of unappetizing spaghetti. It needs salt, lots of Parmesan and less sweetness. It is too commercial for me.
- Two pizzas: The 4 Cheese and Burrata ... which are both very average. The burrata pizza, needs more tomato sauce and a kick of more acidity, although the burrata is fresh and juicy.
- The crust in both pizzas are too thin. They are chewy in the middle and break easily on the side. No I don't mean crunchy - but they break like pieces of old dough. I was not impressed.
It's a real tourists place. I was not impressed a single bit and will not be coming back here anytime soon.