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Reviewed June 14, 2022

I ordered an onion soup and a chicken breast along with a glass of wine which it was served immediately along with some bread swimming in a lake of tasteless olive oil. Then my penance began. Although it is a small restaurant service is completely...disorganised. All my waiter did was complain about her salary and that she would rather be at the beach. Twenty minutes later, the soup arrived…lukewarm and tasteless, meaning that it was sitting ready and warm in the kitchen for quite a long time. After a similar wait the chicken dish made at my table: dry and hard and its appealing ingredients (such as truffle flakes), described in the menu, still to be found. In a few worlds, Osteria de Dada is a tourist trap. Avoid this place, there are way better options in town.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed December 14, 2021 via mobile

I visited Dada on a local’s recommendation and was so glad I did. It’s tiny and intimate with excellent service. It fills up fast even in the winter so consider a reservation. I had veggie ravioli with a lovely red sauce. It came with delicious...toasted olive oil-rubbed bread. The homemade mixed berry cheesecake was a plus as well. Prices and very reasonable. The only disappointment was there was no music and since the seven tables are in a compact space, it was awkward hearing all conversations. I will add that the cook decided to sing at one point and everyone enjoyed it!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed July 20, 2021 via mobile

After almost an hour we finally received the bruschetta we ordered. Good, simple. Unfortunately, the truffle caciotta in the crock came on a very normal plate and the truffle tasted like little. Hoping for the 1st course, we waited another hour receiving after the umpteenth...reminder two pastas, one with Chianina meat sauce and one with hare sauce, raw and very salty. Inedible. The owner told us that everyone eats their dishes and that we waited because they have served others to free up tables. This is absolutely not attention to the customer. To be avoided.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed July 27, 2020 via mobile

We went for lunch. Appetitazers were not great, but still OK. Pasta was really bad. Tartufata with no truffles and ravioli were also without taste. Very bad for Italy. Avoid.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed November 6, 2019

Spello was over run by tourists on a Saturday evening and this place was all we could find to have a late meal. Good traditional cooking but you have to be patient as all dishes are prepared when you order

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 10, 2019

This small restaurant has a warm, welcoming atmosphere with really good food at very reasonable prices. I enjoyed the house wine too.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

We planned on visiting Spello during our vacation and read about this restaurant online (including Tripadvisor). We arrived early for lunch on a Monday (around 1200) and were seated but had we come any later, we would have been turned away. The restaurant is very...small (around 25 places) so a reservation is strongly recommended. The first question our hostess asked was "Italian?". Unfortunately our Italian is very limited and, clearly, we looked like tourists. In any case, she was quite capable of explaining the choices to us as there are no menus. For 12 Euros, you can have a pasta dish for 2 people and for 15 Euros, you can both have a meat dish. We each had an appetizer (extra cost) and a pasta. My wife had a pici with mushrooms and I had a kind of linguini with zucchini. Both had truffle oil in the sauce. You can order wine by the bottle or house wine by the glass and they don't skimp on the wine!. The food was excellent, as was the wine. The service was fast, friendly and efficient. Our whole meal was only 32 Euros for the two of us. The restaurant is small and intimate and the day we visited it was very hot and there is no A/C inside but they do have fans. We were probably the only non Italians in the restaurant and that made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. I would highly recommend Osteria De Dadà. It's definitely worth the short walk up a rather steep main street from where you can park your car for free.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019

Visited this tiny trattoria on a cold, damp night, walking into a cozy room filled with delectable aromas and the buzz of happy, well-fed people. We scored the last two seats -- probably best to call ahead and reserve a spot. Be on your toes:...the night's dishes are recited tableside, no menu, but we knew enough Italian to catch the names of the local pastas, truffle-topped dishes and grilled meats. We shared plates of fantastic strangozzi pasta, incredible, crisp-skinned chicken that fell from the bones, sauteed seasonal greens and a tasty, inexpensive bottle of Montefalco red wine. By the end of the evening, our server seemed like an old friend.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 2, 2019

Two lovely ladies run this intimate restaurant with a ‘home kitchen’ atmosphere. We really wanted to be writing about a special experience but unfortunately were disappointed overall. We did enjoy the tagliatelle with zucchini and a spinach side dish (in lieu of an unavailable salad)...but the other dishes - bruschetta with indifferent toppings, very ordinary and slightly undercooked ravioli in tomato sauce, a small amount of lamb on a lot of bone and gristle, a frittata tartufato that was gritty and nothing special - were pretty routine. And the bottle of house wine at 10 euros was acceptable but fairly ordinary - and nearly three times as much as much, and nowhere near as good, as the local wine we’ve been buying in the supermarket.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Incredibly tasty lunch with a great price. We paid right at 26 Euros for lunch and it was fantastic. That included bruschetta, two pasta dishes, and wine. I had the wild boar sausage and my wife had the cheese ravioli with pasta

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

The menu list at the front of the shop is tattered but the restaurant was full most nights so we gave it a try. There were no menus offered inside but our waitress negotiated our meals with a mixture of sign language and a few...words understood on both sides. All part of the fun. The food was good and the account was about 15€ less for the two of us than every else we ate in Spello for the same amount of food.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

I was in Spello ona day trip and found this little Osteria and decided to have lunch here, what a great decision. It was like the lunches my mum used to make and it was just perfect. Opted for bruschetta as a start followed by...a delicious tagliatelli ragu. The dessert was biscuits to be dipped in Montefalco Sagrantino Passito sweet wine (OMG make sure you try this) and then a nice espresso to end the meal. As i say PERFECT. Also everyone else in the place seemed like locals, so what else do I need to say. BUONISSIMO.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

No menu, they just list out what they have on for the night - food was great, the staff were pleasant & accommodating.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch. Pro tip : maybe look elsewhere if you’re in any kind of hurry. The service is super friendly and fun but slow, very slow. Good hearty traditional Italian food matched to local wines. Not haute cuisine but delicious and authentic.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed June 6, 2018

This was not the most sophisticated meal I had in Italy on my last trip, but it was one of the most enjoyable. The place was full of Italians - always a good sign - and it helps if you speak Italian: the owner's first...question to me was: can you speak Italian? The food was great. As others have said, there's no real menu, they tell you what they are doing that day. In my case it was a fresh ravioli. I didn't take any pictures because I would have felt embarrassed to do so in such a place. The cook was a real character! Cast from the same mould as Chus Lampreave, the neurotic grandmother in Almodovar films such as "La flor de mi secreto", you could hear her shouting in the kitchen if a plate came back with a single morsel uneaten. From time to time she wondered out into the restaurant to chat to the diners. I'm really looking forward to going back.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Osteria De Dada is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4