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Via Fiorentini 167, 75100 Matera, Italy
+39-0835355086
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Understated from the outside....old cave so atmospheric

La Talpa is larger inside than outside. It specialises in Pizza and has a wood fired oven - you can watch the chef make the dough. There is also a range of budget priced local dishes. We had fillet of baby pig, chicken breast with peppers (capsicum) spicy sausages with sides of potato salad... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Dorset
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Dorset
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129 reviews 129 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

La Talpa is larger inside than outside. It specialises in Pizza and has a wood fired oven - you can watch the chef make the dough. There is also a range of budget priced local dishes. We had fillet of baby pig, chicken breast with peppers (capsicum) spicy sausages with sides of potato salad grilled aubergine and courgette. For four... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Had dinner at this restaurant with my partner and loved it!! It has been the best pizza that I have eaten in Italy thus far.. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I ate in this restaurant with my family and really enjoied the palce situated in a cave in the sassi of Matera. The food was good but there was not much choice of plates.

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Victoria, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We have spent the past few days enjoying Matera and the area. We decided to eat on the last night at La Talpa. After being seated, we waited and watched as other tables were approached and orders taken. It appeared to us that our service did not happen as quickly as it did for those who Spoke Italian. The woman... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Groups of more than 8 people in Matera, seem to be treated differently. At La talpa, we probably got the "worst" treatment, since they almost imposed us a simplified menu, without allowing us to choose à la carte. Food was good (not super good, but good), but many of us where bummed they could not pick what they wanted.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I went to this restaurant because it was very convenient from my hotel. Although I'm Italian, I didn't know many dishes there were in their menu. I had broad bean purée and greens...super tasty dish! As main, I had cod with capers, olives and tomato sauce. Have to admit i was very pleased with the food and service. Many locals... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

You have to try a special pizza they prepare: the pizza which base is made with Grano Arso (burnt wheat) which is very much typical of this region. that's simply sublime! However the other typical dishes are not the best in town: we were deceived by the peperoni cruschi (fried peppers, not hot) and the fave e cicoria (mashed fava... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Altho they consider steak a specialty, we have never liked the cut of meat served in southern Italy nor how it is (not) trimmed, so I was skeptical when my husband orded the steak with balsamic sauce. It was not inexpensive, but it was tender and delicious. I would rather pay more for a flavorful, tender and memorable piece of... More 

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Bilthoven, Utrecht, Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Very nice people and great food, I loved the antipasti and the tartuffo frittata. Also nice and cosy that the curious and sympatic house cat comes to say hello :-)

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England
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This was the second time we ate at this restaurant. We first chose it purely because it was near our hotel. However it remains our favourite. It is situated outdoors with very simple tables and chairs. Plenty of things going on and the bustle and activity kept our attention. All I can say is that you won't be let down... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Fiorentini 167, 75100 Matera, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Basilicata  >  Province of Matera  >  Matera
  • Phone Number: +39-0835355086

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza

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