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Creek Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
+255 776 650 301
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Lagos, Nigeria
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to LA tarvena on my last day in Zanzibar for lunch and it was the very best I had in town throughout my stay. We had Lasagna and also sea food for starter, the lasagna was really nice. Enjoyed every bit of it and also the ambiance at the restaurant is almost perfect especially outside. I would definitely visit... More 

Thank livinginlag
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

This is an excellent Italian restaurant in the Forodhani part of Zanzibar. The food os of the highest quality and it is well served and all of the staff are very courteous. They serve goos pizza and excellent pasta. This restaurant is very highly recommended.

Thank charlesturner5
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Over rated for sure...!! Take far too long to serve the food even though they didn't seem to be so busy. Food is also average- nothing special. Keeping in mind this is a Italian restaurant the pizza's were not up to the mark. I felt like I was having cheese on toast. Also dozens of cats running around the restaurant... More 

Thank sheikhBTDT
MarziaMatteo, Owner at La Taverna, responded to this review

I do think that your brother manages one of the restaurants or hotels nearby if you wrote like this ... This is the classic defamatory review made for a hidden interest or economically remunerated ... Trip advisor have a big power! More 

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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

It had been over 2 yrs since I lunched at La Taverna ! When I went back for lunch with my husband and friends it was like I never was away ! Warm and genuine greetings from Mateo and his famous Father GP , and my friends had pizza that they will dream about , myself , I'm always undecided... More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017 via mobile

Visited with 2 friends, starter was good but main was lacking taste for all (where we usually are not picky)

Thank Niek A
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

We recommend the 2 for 1 pizza night, but you should probably book in advance to get a table. Don't expect to get food in a hurry. Charming staff. The carafe of wine is good value for Zanzibar

Thank Ann D
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

They do great pizzas here in a nice setting, but our enjoyment of the evening was hindered by the fact that we had to wait over 90 minutes for food, with no explanation. They also did not bring us the salad we had ordered, and then when it appeared on the bill and we refused to pay for it, produced... More 

1 Thank Clare A
Regensburg, Germany
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

First time here in Africa that a pizza tastes like a pizza. If you are longing for western food, this is the place to go. For me it was like Christmas! Real Italian pizza. Yummie. The place is super crowded on Wednesdays when they have the buy one get one free, so be prepared for waiting a bit.

Thank Heike S
Stone Town, Tanzania
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Really nice pizza. Best I have eaten in Stone Town!! Give at least a trying!!! They use to have a pizza night weekly, buy one and get another.

Thank PuzzleCoffeeShop
Redruth, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

Great Italian restaurant in the outskirts of Stone Town. Nice selection of pizza and main courses with beer on the menu as well. Nice courtyard as well as AC dining Room. Easy to walk to from The main Stone Town hotel area. Good value for money and friendly service. Will definitely eat there again when in Zanzibar.

Thank MarkTet

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $20
Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Creek Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: +255 776 650 301
La Taverna is a story of passion.The story of our family with three generations of cooking in our blood.
We've come together to bring you the best of our family recipes from various regions of Italy: Tuscany, Milano, Roma & Napoli.
We create traditional, home-made pastas, pizzas, breads, & desserts - serving a wide variety of imported, cured Italian meats, cheeses & coffee drinks.
We take great pride in the quality of our ingredients.Many of our pasta's are home-made using a combination of recipes passed down from three generations of chefs.Most of our cured meats, cheeses and italian products are imported.All of our olive oil is extra-virgin, even in our cooking.
Open 11 to 11 - Closed Sundays

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?