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“This is the real thing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Popolo

Popolo
36 The Square, Bellows Falls, VT
+1 802-460-7676
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Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Popolo serves Italian-inspired farm-to-table cuisine in a casual setting at the Windham Hotel in Bellows Falls. We work to create a varied, affordable menu using mostly locally-sourced ingredients and an exciting drink and wine list. We also promote a wide variety of events including concerts, movies, and parties. The menu of food and conversation is ever-changing as Chef John-Michael Maciejewski's untethered imagination presents dining specials almost every day and night.
Worcester, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“This is the real thing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Hard to believe you'd find Italian food this good in small town Vermont, but it's the real deal. The food we had (bruschetta, pasta e fagiol' soup, salads with gorgonzola, polenta, even gnocchi) was truly excellent: as good as I have had all year--and I know Italian food. Comfortable scene. Very good table wines (but they don't serve espresso :-{ / You gotta believe it!! Or better, try it.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Hidden upscale resturant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

After several years of not having a solid local dinning option in Bellows Falls, Popolo has filled this void. The restaurant had a fun locally sourced menu which changes often. The Chef does a great job with the variety of specials and rotating the menu. I'm a big fan of farm to table and enjoy dinning in an atmosphere that not just supports this, but translates it into an amazing experience

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Trattoria style home cooking, fit for hungry Foodies”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

If ever in or around Bellows Falls, it's worth dropping into this local favorite with an Italian trattoria-cafe feel. While not cheap, it's still a high price/value ratio. On a rainy, chilly Sunday, I couldn't have been happier with the creamy polenta served with sautéed spinach, mushrooms and a poached egg! The kitchen thought well enough to add some Reggiano to the perfectly cooked corn meal to give it a real taste of 'the old country.'
My dining partners chicken salad was boring; coffee was very good and robust; skilled kitchen that obviously taste and look at what they serve. very pleasant servers. I Will race back when in the area, next time for dinner.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Southern VT
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Date Night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

My husband & I went for our anniversary and can't wait to go back. Loved our table in the window. Ordering lots of apps made it fun. Even had after dinner drinks. Felt festive.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lima, Peru
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Not welcoming”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

As other reviewers have stated, I want Bellows Falls to have a successful restaurant. The food is mediocre here and the atmosphere lacking. Great place for lunch if you are early. At dinner time the hostess was not welcoming and all the tables were reserved. The idea of a common table in the middle is not appealing. I can't figure out why they have not solved the acoustic issue yet or allowed more seating in the far room. They could improve.Since I am a local, I am hoping for improvements or some great competition to get them in gear!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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