We decided to try Il Tula since the reviews seemed to be good. Well to begin with there was no menu and a gentleman we believe to be the owner came to our table to explain what they had. We opted for carpaccio and a veal stater which were good then homemade pasta and my brother had spaghetti vongole. My pasta was ok but my brother couldn't eat the spaghetti it was so salty so he sent it back. The service is a little weird and quirky to be honest and if you read my other reviews you know I don't normally whinge about service unless it's warranted. The final thing and frankly the thing that really annoyed us was when the offered us a lemoncello now anyone that's eaten in Italian restaurants regularly knows if they offer a lemoncello at the end of a meal in fashion would normally assume it's on the house. Particularly since we had sent a meal back but instead when the bill arrived when were charged $8 a piece for them. Cocktail prices. Overall at $230 for three people it was overpriced and the food was poor to average at best.
Apart from delicious Italian cuisine, what is super interesting about this place is that they don't offer a written menu, the owner will literally ask you what are you up to and then options will pop up. Being meats, fish, seafood, pasta, you have a broad selection of combinations with rather elaborated dishes. Duck filled agnolotti, pumpkin, apple and nuts ravioli, veal tortellini with pistachio sauce, are few. We we a group of 5, we had the burrata over prosciutto an arugula salad and salmon carpaccio as starters all delicious, and different pasta options as mains. You will get a Pyrex of what remained of each ordered pasta, so you can repeat or share it with your friends if you are kind enough :) Service is great, elegant waiters dressed up in white reminded me of a couple of places in Europe. The restaurant itself is not super fancy, actually they are renovating and remodeling it on the outside, they could make it way more pretty, but inside it feels super warm, family style. You won't regret your visit.
I have not yet eaten here, but will. My husband had lunch there today and declared it excellent. We plan to have our anniversary dinner there. They really need to correct the map on their site. It shows it just off Via Espana on Via Porros extended. IT IS NOT. It is near Parque Omar. Turn right off Via Porros at Casa de Batteria across from entrance to the park. One long block turn left, one block you run into it. They have some parking in front, a larger lot behind. Attendant will open the gate for you. Il Tula owners, you are welcome.
A very warm, friendly restaurant with good food, cooked directly at your table. Very friendly staff and a relaxed, local vibe make it a great night out.The burrata and parma ham were excellent, the pasta good (but maybe not AMAZING) and the warm chocolate delicious!