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I can’t believe this place is ranked 111 and not 1!
Absolutely incredible everything. The menu is impressive with how simple and inviting it is yet full of flavourful dishes and drinks. There’s a huge variety of vegetarian/vegan options. We went for the pumpkin lasagna...and the semolina gnocchi. Which were outstandingly tasteful throughout every mouthful. Our service was impeccable, we were so welcomed and accommodated by Enricho and his service to us throughout was lovely.
The place itself is a very cool hipster place without it trying to be. A good atmosphere and a cool environment.
You won’t be dissatisfied if you go here!More
While staying in the Sassi area of Matera, a group visited the National Archaeological Museum. Upon leaving the museum, we were ready for lunch and we stopped across the street at Ridola Caffe. It was a choice of convenience, but it turned out to serve...one of the best meals I had during my six weeks in Italy! Eggplant Parmigiana! Thick, bold flavors and cheese...I wish I had some now!
We spent a couple of evenings here for a few drinks and casual dinner during our stay in Matera. We loved the social atmosphere with plenty of locals dropping (some with their dogs) in which we always take as a good sign. The service was...friendly and the menu was varied enough that we could find something to try on each visit. They also cater well for snacks or gelato during the day and evening!More
A really magnificent place with the menu that will satisfy the pickiest guest. Very fresh products of the best quality. Very calm and perfect for who wants to enjoin their lunch o dinner in peace. I absolutely loved the shrimp ravioli!
Maybe the best restaurant...in a Matera.More
Our second day in Matera and looking for a light lunch this was a brilliant choice across the road from the Archeology Museum we people watched from a street table . Hordes of a school children rambled past . I had the Parranzella it's mushrooms...a few chunks of softish cheese with green vegetables possibly chicory and green beans thrown on chunks of toasted bread cubes seasoned perfectly with oil served in a terracotta dish topped off with a poached egg which l forgot was in the dish as it looked like a burratta or mozzarella . It was hot and really tasty . Normally l always ask for salt and pepper but no need here this was complemented by a white wine pictured18 euros . My wife had tiny marble sized meat balls with seasonal vegetables and grated cheese 9 euros l would have preferred it served hotter but it was what she wanted . We were served promptly and efficiently . The place was full and people were being turned away by 1315 . We noticed a few anxious people waiting but all seemed well in the end l will be back thanks Win now living the dream in Sicily...More
I love to meet here and have drinks with my friends or business associates before dinner. They always good service, and they have great sandwiches if you want something on the quick side. Great location as well. In the heart of a very busy area...in Matera.More
As we have been on the road for 6 weeks we needed a break from dining at the Italian hour.
Wandered past “ridola” greeted with a smile and my parter and I agreed this was our place for a casual early dinner. We were not...disappointed. The Lasagne with meat balls were good as was the egg plant parmigiana. We also ordered a green salad. All washed down with a couple of glasses of vino.
The manager’s family said that they are 7 generations of locals and have seen the massive changes to Matera over the years.
If you want a casual low price locals place to eat you cannot go past ridola. It will not be to everyone’s taste, but we enjoyed.More
We stopped in for a quick sandwich - mozzarella and tomato Pucci, and drinks. The sandwich was poorly prepared with an even worse presentation. It did not taste bad, it simply looked like it had been slopped onto the plate.The waitress could not have been...more rude or inefficient. She had to be reminded about everything, served slowly, and deposited ordered items with a sneer. This was simply the worst service that we have encountered in southern Italy.More