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“Italian cuisines finest”
Review of La Lampara

La Lampara
Ranked #13 of 41 Restaurants in Howick
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: Italian family style pizzeria and restaurant Situated on an old Natal red brick farm, in Balgowan Midlands
Durban
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Italian cuisines finest”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

A slice of Tuscany on our doorstep during our recent trip to the Natal midlands. A beautiful comy and cosy and friendly restaurant in the the lovely countryside. Excellent and delicious fresh food with very hospitable and friendly staff and personal attention by Pino, who recommended the most divine dishes. Italian fare with great music, from the wine, starters to mains to the lovely gelato to our Italian coffee, both my husband and I felt we were in Tuscany enjoying the wonderful lunch and serene countryside . The menu always changes and we welcomed the refreshing ideas to pasta and pizza. There was additional vegetarian menu as well. We will be back for more of Italy.

Thanks to Pino and his excellent staff. I highly recommend this superb restaurant for a day out visit and enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner.

  • Visited December 2013
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Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
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57 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“You can only leave happy”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

We have been to La Lampara a few times, in fact we even had our wedding reception here.

Having tried authentic Italian food in Rome, the food at La Lampara is certainly in the same league!

The service is exceptional and we have always been made to feel welcome.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Julian C
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Shelly Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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192 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Mediocre”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Mediocre = not good but not bad!
Perhaps we expected too much, not sure....
We were a large group, and we had heard so much about the restaurant, we couldn't wait to try it out!
We left feeling disappointed. We did not feel it was a good value for money meal.
The meal was ok, but certainly not great!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Chantel E
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Durban
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wonderful restaurant!”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Had the most gorgeous Sunday lunch here recently. This restaurant never fails to please. ExceLlent food, varied menu, attention to detail and superb service. Can't wait to return!

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank SJDLM
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Pietermaritzburg KZN Natal South Africa
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96 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great food in a relaxed setting in the countryside”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

This restaurant is never disappointing! The menu changes everytime we eat in this family owned restaurant and the variety is endless. The staff are friendly and efficient and the lovely old buildings contribute to its relaxed charm. Instead of a structured wine list they display their wines in a cabinet with the price on each bottle and I have always found something new and exciting to try. I feel that they have something for every budget and always find something I really enjoy in the middle price range - I can never pass up the opportunity of trying something different and their recommendations have always hit the mark. The prices for their food are on the high side but I feel that the quality and originality of the ever changing menu deserve the price tag - this is no fast food outlet. If you are on a budget try their pasta or pizza. I would rate this as one of the best restaurants in the country for both food and atmosphere!

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Hobnob_11
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