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“expensive tourist trap restaurant !!!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Al Vecchio Arco

Al Vecchio Arco
Via Antonio Bruno, 5 (Centro Storico), 70010 Locorotondo, Italy
+39 080 431 7014
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Ranked #16 of 48 Restaurants in Locorotondo
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
leeds
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“expensive tourist trap restaurant !!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

we came across while walking around the centro storico of beautiful Locorotondo. The restaurant is situated under an arch ,hence the name,four of us had some local pasta dish and some aubergine parmigiana to share ,served lukewarm and totally insipid.For main course the waiter/proprietor suggested the local lamb on skewer and a rolled veal dish cooked in tomato sauce as having no menu and no prices they were the only dishes available!!! The quality and quantity of the dishes were an insult to the beautiful region of Puglia ,plus the bill was grossly inflated and they only take cash and leave no receipt.Avoid at all cost!!!!!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Peekskill, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“THE place to eat in Locorotondo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

If you end up in this captivating city there IS only one place to dine and this is it. Didn't get a menu, didn't get a check but what we did get was a mouthwatering meal cooked by the owners wife and mother. It is clear that the owner is proud of what this restaurant serves, and he should be! Everything, including the pasta is homemade, would consider this one of the best places to eat in any of our trips to Italy! Don't be fooled or persuaded into dining anywhere else.....

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bloomington, Indiana, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Meal in Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Stumbled in here just by chance, ended up getting the best meal I've eating in all of Italy. We didn't even receive a menu, the chef told us what was being prepared and we ate it. It was delicious, to drink we were served Menabrea beer which was fantastic as well. For 3 of us the total came to 42 Euro.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London UK
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Great lunch stop - superb food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Stopped here in the Arch to escape the heat and enjoy a light lunch. Very good decision. The lady's cooking is superb. Especially recommend the home made pasta which was delicious. At €43 for the two of us not the cheapest lunch but it did include wine and the location and food spot on. Would definitely go back. Recommended.

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good food & wine - reasonable price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

The exuberant owner & maitre'D made for a very entertaining meal, he's very proud of his wife's cooking & rightly so.
Try & get him to slow down when presenting the menu - you'll be lucky

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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