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“Perfect Lunch Stop” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria Capodaglio

Osteria Capodaglio
Via del Carmine, 34, 56125 Pisa, Italy
+39 050 20038
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Ranked #158 of 741 Restaurants in Pisa
Price range: $12 - $37
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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“Perfect Lunch Stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This was undoubtedly the most pleasant culinary experience my wife and I enjoyed during our seven day stay in Pisa. Being unusually clement for mid October we decided to sit outside in the little square, although the interior of the Osteria looked welcoming too and like a good bet for an evening dinner. The service was helpful, prompt and affable from the start and in no way pretentious or cloying such as we experienced in so many of the other places we ate at during the week. For our starter we shared a plate of local meat antipasti (seen in the photo above) which was all delicious, especially the crude bacon and the local ham which had more in common with a fine Serrano than a Prosciutto. It's firm texture and rich flavour was revelation to me in Italian hams which have a tendency to be samey and dull. A word of caution though; the little bowl of local honey flavoured with white truffle, or white truffle oil - we weren't sure - is a highly acquired taste. It was one the most pungent flavours either of us had ever experienced, and even the tiniest touch of it on the tongue overpowered nearly everything else that came after it. It's a testament to the quality of what followed that we enjoyed it so much. In fact, we could both still taste the stuff at bed time, around twelve hours later! However, both our main courses were excellent. My wife had a light soft ravioli filled with gorgonzola, porcini mushrooms and spinach in a creamy, yet not-too-rich cheesy white sauce. Funnily enough the ravioli were also seasoned with white truffle, but in this case, with just the right amount of subtlety. I opted for another local specialty, the "peasant classic" Ribollita stew. It had a good balance of ground bread and flavourful vegetables but would have been even better with the addition of white beans (I meant to query why this essential ingredient was missing but forgot). We washed down the meal with a perfectly decent local house red of the typical sangiovese grape and the total bill came to a reasonable 25 Euros without service. We had no desert.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Top notch food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

Good food. Good desserts. Good beer. Good settings. Good price. All round a great place. 2 for dinner, starters main course 1 pudding 1beer 1 coffee 1 litre of water. 40euros.
Smiles all round.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Not easy to find something like this...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Even if it was very late, the owner took enough time to prepare an excellent dinner with tipical food from Tuscany (all what I cannot find living abroad!).
And, after the dinner - all the personnel were already gone - the owner still spent a half hour chatting with me and showing me the restaurant.
Amazing!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Varna
2 reviews
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“The best food in Pisa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We were there for second time - everithing is perfect.Insalata Di Mare is absolutly spectacular.Homemade lazagna is the best we have ever eat.The kitchen is varied - napoletana and toscana.The prices are reasonable.

  • Visited September 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“The best pizza we had during our holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We visitied the Osteria - Enoteca - Il Capodaglio in Pisa on the last day of our visit to Tuscany, just before leaving for the ariport. We both had a pizza Tonno e Cipolla. It took a while to prepare, but then, in comparison with any other pizza we had during our trip, these were extremely well prepared, totally fresh, very well baked and very tasty. Would love to go there again. Thanks!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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