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“Family run - good value” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tubba Catubba

Tubba Catubba
Corso Resina, 302, 80056 Ercolano, Italy
081.3443503
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Ranked #3 of 75 Restaurants in Ercolano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Dining options: Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Tel 081 344 3503. They appear to have a facebook listing. Also mentioned on this blog http://www.rossa-di-sera.com/2009/04/tubba-catubba.html It's an amazing place and I'd love to review it...
Boston, MA
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“Family run - good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I was looking for another restaurant when I came across this one. Actually, an elderly gentleman minding a baby called our attention to Tubba Catubba and at first I was wary. Travelling many times to Italy over the years, I have become somewhat cautious of babies as diversions (a clever gypsy trick) and I don't like being corralled into restaurants as some proprietors do in Rome. But certainly this old guy was no Roma and I was hungry. He was so glad I reconsidered and so was I. This restaurant is within easy walking distance from the exit gate of Hurculaneum -- just take a right and it's on a corner about three (?) blocks up. Most visitors to Hurculaneum are hungry after seeing the ruins and will ordinarily choose a conveniently located restaurant on the way back to the train station. Taking that right instead to Tubba Catubba will reward your efforts with delicious, simply cooked Neapolitan food. The style of cooking here -- often called cucina povera (poor man's cooking) or casarechhia (homestyle) or casalinga (mom's cooking) -- is my favorite because it is based on the simplest and freshest ingredients that are in season. This is the way Italy eats. Doesn't it makes sense to do what the locals do? You won't be missing anything in flavor. One dish served as a first course was pasta and potatoes. It was more like a thick soup. I was amazed at how such a mundane sounding dish could be so enjoyable. Our delight with all we ate brought out the whole family from the kitchen. We had a nice talk about food (nonna even shared the pasta recipe!!) and our Italian ancestry. They couldn't have been more hospitable. This was just the fuel we needed for a pleasant walk back to the train station after such a wonderful day exploring ancient and contemporary Italian culture (and cuisine). Oh, by the way the name of the restaurant has something to do with an insturment played in the old days when locals would dance the tarrantella.

  • Visited September 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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Cork, Ireland
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Service very good, very delicate food and quite cheap: EUR 65 for two (with starters, primi, main courses, desserts, wine & service!!!)

Visited September 2012
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“what a wonderful dinner!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

a restaurant located next to the ruins of Herculaneum ... a truly welcoming place where even foreigners can feel at home ... hospitality, welcome and good food are the key words to describe this place! the food is fresh, typical of the Mediterranean, and genuine products of excellent quality, the location is really nice, with a typical Neapolitan decor is very clean and above all .... I came by chance but for sure we would return. I highly recommend it! thanks to the owners for their kindness and unavailability.

  • Visited June 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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“A very good restaurant, nice prices, genuine and fancy food very well cooked”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

If you happen to visit the city of Ercolano, famous for its amazing archaeological site, and want to have a fantastic break for lunch or dinner, please don't miss this restaurant, a little bit hidden but easy to find if you're searching for it on the main street (Corso Resina, 302)! It's very close to the excavations, and worth a visit at least for its delicious starters, not forgetting the first courses and meat/fish courses, everything cooked with very genuine ingredients, skills and creativity, and everything served with care and kindness. Enjoy!

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