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Reviewed January 21, 2020 via mobile

Had lunch here was fantastic! Staff really nice can’t fault the service is was excellent, as was the food will definitely return and would highly recommend.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

It was a nice local place to taste some local/Italian cuisine. Quality of the food was great! Service, ok. Menu is only in the board! Ambient and mood, very cool!

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed October 12, 2017

We've had dinner at Il Ballo del Mattone several dozen times over the last nine years. As you might guess - it's a favorite of ours, despite the occasional off days. We love the funky decor and vibe, and have always enjoyed the owners -...a family of Italian immigrants, who celebrate their roots in their food, but with a fun, artsy twist. Perhaps the waiters can be a bit hit or miss, other reviewers have said this, but that's never stopped us from having a good to great meal, and enjoying the atmosphere dining al fresco on the sidewalk, under the restaurant's ample awning (all year round). Il Ballo actually has a couple of locations, we always go the smaller and more intimate Travestere, which is located on the corner of Gorriti and Ravignani. The main restaurant a couple of blocks over on Gorriti we avoid, because it gets quite crowded. Travestere is small and intimate, a great place to have a quiet dinner date. What brings us back are the excellent pastas - especially the handmade fusilli with either puttanesca or scaparo sauce. You would think, in a city with millions of residents who trace their roots back to Italy, that good pasta would be easy to find, all over the place - in our experience, this is just not so, and Il Ballo - over many many samplings, delivers homemade pastas a cut above any other pastas we have tried (over many years) in BA. I noticed that an Italian reviewer was not so impressed by the food, fair enough, but for us who live in BA and crave a good pasta, we find very satisfying food, here. There are some rough edges perhaps, the menu, as noted by many other reviewers, is simple and comes to you on a chalkboard brought by the waiter. We both speak Spanish, but I suspect that the waitstaff and management don't speak English so well, so you'll need some patience to get your orders right. And if they do drop the ball, overcook the pasta, or undercook your meat - just let them know, they'll make you a new plate, they really are there to deliver a good meal, and not just to take your money and send you on your way, unhappy. We used to live in the neighborhood, and the setting of both restaurants along Gorritti is great. Have dinner at Il Ballo, and afterward, there are tons of places to go for a drink all within a few blocks. In general, it's a safe and secure part of town and a fun place to go out for the evening.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed April 18, 2017

The front of store says nothing of what you find inside, GREAT FOOD. friendly staff, 70's music flowing with aromas of Raviole Zucca, and fine wine. The place is clad with memorabilia from Argentine Rock concert posters and other curiosities. The food was excellent we...had the Raviole Zucca some of the best we have ever had.More

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed April 17, 2017

The restaurant was blocks from where we were staying so we decided to check it out. When we walked in, I remarked to my husband that there was a urine smell, but he didn't notice it. After we sat inside for awhile and saw the...cat, the cause and smell became obvious. The rest of the place was dingy and dirty. For example, the "laundry" hung on the line was a cute idea but the clothes were filthy. As other reviewers noticed, the chalkboard menu is awkward if you don't speak Spanish. We do speak Spanish; otherwise, it would have been hard to navigate ordering. The food was decent, but for the price and poor atmosphere, it was not worth it.More

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Not bad, no great. Ambience and service are both good. There are not that many restaurants open in this part of Palermo sundays.

Date of visit: July 2016
Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Too expensive for the food they offer a robbery. Menu is written with pencil in the blackboard in Italian with a waitress girl trying to explain in terrible English! Disaster The list of good wines but also written on blackboard,terrible! Walls and floor very dirty....Attitude and attention they left desired. Food ok nothing special Not recommendMore

Date of visit: May 2016
Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

I visited this place for third time and needed to write a review on it now! The ambiance is wonderful for lunch time, you need to get there early otherwise you might not find a table. In my last trip to Buenos Aires, I went...twice to this place simply because is delicious, starting from the menu presentation on a board and the waiter explains every single entrée, they have set menu including food, drink and dessert. Food is just perfectly prepared, presentation is cool and flavor amazing, desserts are good too. If you are around the area is a place to go, highly recommended!More

Date of visit: January 2016
Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

We love Italian food and were staying nearby on our holiday. We all had pasta and loved the flavours. They are very generous servings. I had Spaghetti Frutti del Mare . It was very generous with its seafood . The service was very good and...the staff friendly. They accommodated our lack of Spanish . We were able to pay in U.S $. The decor is interesting and adds to the atmosphere. Would recommend this trattoria.More

Date of visit: January 2016
Reviewed July 1, 2015

Small quaint Italian spot in Palermo with great food, wine, and music. Staff is really cool and I can't say enough about the food...really good!!!

Date of visit: June 2015
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