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“Good food at moderate prices” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Balestra Antica Hostaria

La Balestra Antica Hostaria
Via Valerio, 16, 61029 Urbino, Italy
+3907222942
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Ranked #40 of 81 Restaurants in Urbino
Price range: $17 - $28
Cuisines: Italian, Organic, Pizza
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Bonn
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141 reviews 141 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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“Good food at moderate prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

During our holiday in Urbino we found the "La Balestra" quite by chance and, after our first visit, returned several times. That, in itself, should be sufficient to recommend the place with its pleasant terrace - try your best to book a seat there. Inside it is noisy with two TVs running all the time! We were not disappointed by any of the dishes we tried, be it pizza, be it an excellent insalata Raffaello, be it the entrecote, be it roast veal with funghi, etc. All well prepared and tasty. The wine was great, too. And the total price of € 25 for two large pizzas, two glasses of wine and two litres of sparkling mineral water should be sufficient evidence of good value for money. Let me add the staff is helpful and friendly, too, albeit sometimes a little disorganized.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bangor, Maine
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223 reviews 223 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
“Pleasant outdoor dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Altogether pleasant dining experience at La Balestra, with a good-sized outdoor terrace on a quiet, atmospheric side street a short distance from the town center. Reasonable prices and good selection of wines; the pasta course and the lamb goulash were both tasty and filling, if not especially refined; the tiramisu was excellent - would readily return.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Buckinghamshire
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Good food in a quiet position with outdoor option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

The fact we ate here on successive evenings - once inside, once outside - is an indication of a very positive experience. There was no motor traffic past the seating area on our visit - another plus - but conversely you're probably going to have to come by foot after leaving the car some distance away. Slight diffidence and lack of warmth in service could well have been just shyness - it didn't affect efficiency. Wine buffs should try a real local rarity on the Balestra's excellent list - DOC Pergola made from the aleatico grape. This was a revelation with hints of wild strawberry and great smoothness..

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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