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Via Antonio Bruno, 5 (Centro Storico), 70010 Locorotondo, Italy
+39 080 431 7014
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Traditional, homemade cooking

There is no written menu and the owner doesn't speak much english, but don't let those things keep you from eating there. There were no communication problems whatsoever and you'll be very pleased with what they have to offer. Go for the traditional complete regional meal. It was one of the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2014
Augusto_DyD
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Sao Paulo, SP
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

There is no written menu and the owner doesn't speak much english, but don't let those things keep you from eating there. There were no communication problems whatsoever and you'll be very pleased with what they have to offer. Go for the traditional complete regional meal. It was one of the best lunch experiences we had in Puglia. Great service,... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Like others we walked in by accident. Great place. Casual place. Do not expect the appearence of a first class place, it's nice, clean, cosy and homey, but do not have things like a written menu.... but expect something better than great italian restaurant Food. Great Home made italian Food! The service is great, but again not the standard package.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stumbled across this restaurant and chose it as it looked cooler in the alleyway than other places. As others say - go with it. The host is brilliant. He does speech English but so quickly you don't realise it for 10 seconds, by which time it's too late. The food was delicious. To die for pasta, stuffed aubergine, and... More 

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Milan, Italy
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We found this place strolling around in Locorotondo, and the flavors invites us to sit. It's a small family run business, SLOW FOOD, the menu is composed of few well chosen typical dishes. We had strascinate al sugo di pomodoro, which was exceptional ( a homemade pasta and a lick your fingers tomato sauce ), spiedini of local sausages and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We had the pleasure of having lunch at this lovely trattoria. The service was friendly and the food simple but very well prepared, my favorite was the home made Tiramisu. We were told Maristella makes the best in town and I had no doubt, it was my favorite in all of Southern Italy.

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Ash Vale, Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Reading other reviews, i can see that the owner is someone you either love or hate. We loved him! on this occasion, we enjoyed being told what to eat and the food was very tasty. The pasta made by Mama was delicious but very filling. i couldn't eat it all, so he gave me a lecture and made me sit... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Found by accident when driving toward Ceglie Messapica. OK food, nothing really special - and fairly expensive for what it was. We had a pasta dish each (in tomato sauce) and shared one order of grilled meat. With coffee, water and a soft drink the bill was 40 E which is high for the area.

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NAPOLI, ITALY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We were exploring Locorotundo with our daughter and two young grandchildren and came upon this unassuming trattoria in the heart of the old town. While we were a little early, the owner quickly set us a table outside, immediately let us know what was available and gave us recommendations. All the pasta was freshly made by his wife and mother... More 

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Muenster, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Instead of a menu the owner will tell you which food is available. Starter and main was both delicious. Enjoy it!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I spent 2 weeks in Puglia with my family and ate out every day. This was probably the best meal we had. It is always a difficult choice when there is nothing on display to indicate either the food available, or the cost!!! We went for it, and weren't disappointed. The owner is a real character,and clearly immensly proud of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Antonio Bruno, 5 (Centro Storico), 70010 Locorotondo, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Puglia  >  Province of Bari  >  Locorotondo
  • Phone Number: +39 080 431 7014

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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