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“OMG this place is Great will surly return :) !” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Tartaruga Italian Restaurant

La Tartaruga Italian Restaurant
Buccoo Bay, Buccoo, Scarborough, Tobago
1 868 639-0940
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Price range: $1 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Orlando, Florida
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“OMG this place is Great will surly return :) !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

My Favourite Restaurant

La Tartaruga is a premier Italian restaurant which serves the most delicious dishes. There are always handmade pastas, the freshest herbs and vegetables and a wide variety of wines to choose from. The meats in their dishes are of high quality. They support the nearby fishermen in order to have the freshest sea food choices. They also carter for vegetarians with dishes like Pasta Primavera and the simple but delectable, Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce Drizzled with Parmesan Cheese.

The restaurant is located at Buccoo Road in the quite village of Buccoo in our twin island of Tobago. Adjacent to the restaurant is Buccoo Bay which caters for the local fishermen of the village. Surrounding the restaurant there is a lot of greenery and which have all been strategically placed to enhance the natural flow of the open air dining experience. Entwined in the plants are decorated bulbs which give of a soft glow which simply takes you to a different place. There are quite a number of art pieces displayed in the restaurant as well which are all from local artists. The drive to the restaurant is breath taking, as you off into Shrivan Road from the Claude Noel Highway. There are many pastures along the way, small businesses and even a golf course. The restaurant is opened Monday to Saturday from six pm to eleven pm.
Service at this restaurant is very good.

The owner greets you at the entrance and seats you at your table. The staff are very friendly and understanding and they carter for your every need. They are prompt with your orders and there is always service with a smile. They even give you the option to visit the internationally recognized wine cellar to hand pick your bottle of wine. The restaurant is also equipped to accommodate young children and wheelchair users. Since there are so many international visitors quite a number of the staff is bilingual. Some speak Spanish and French while the owner and who is from Italy speaks Italian. However their first choice of language is English.

Pricing at La Taratuga is very affordable. Appetizers like Tomato Bruschetta are about thirty five TT Dollars and while Spicy Shrimp Kebabs are forty five TT Dollars each. Dishes range from sixty five to over three hundred dollars depending on your choice. The vegetarian dishes are the least expensive, next are the meat dishes and the sea food is the most expensive. But you can have a Shrimp and Pasta dish for as little as ninety five dollars, so all in all you can dine on a budget. A bottle of wine can be as little as two hundred TT. Desserts are from twenty five upwards. There is always a wide variety to choose from. They have Italian desserts as well as fruit cocktails, a range of cheeses, a number of cakes and fresh baked pastries as well as a variety of ice cream both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

You have got to just try it.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Lovely place and excellent Italian food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

The food was excellent! My boyfriend and i both ate for dinner split peas sauce topped with grilled shrimp & parmesan. we enjoy every moment of it. I highly recommend anyone to visit this restaurant.

  • Visited August 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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“Excelllent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This restaurant is cute and tucked away. The food was lovely....All of it, from appetizers to dessert! The service was excellent and the owner and staff are very warm, friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend and look forward to going back.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

We loved it here. Great food and atmosphere. the staff were very friendly as well. A really nice restaurant. Recommended for sure.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic food and great service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

The food here is great! The owner, Gabriele is great as well! His wife works hard in the kitchen to dish out these amazing dishes. The seafood is fresh each and everyday. You can actually taste the difference from other restaurants. It's amazing how delightful the food is! The aubergine or melongine is really good as well as the tuna for starters. The shrimp Alfredo is amazing as well as everything else. We also had some lovely wine and champagne here. We bought a bottle of Grapa. It's such a learning experience when we go here as Gabriele takes the time out to explain different things to us and be a great host as usual. The prices are that exorbitant as other fine dining restaurants but its good for the money. Like dinner for two with starters and wine might be about $90-$100usd. If you are lucky he will give you some travel tips as well! Go eat some of his food!

Visited April 2012
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