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“Pretentious”
Review of Li Jalantuumene

Li Jalantuumene
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed April 25, 2012

Food was plain, minuscule and overpriced. After a month enjoying many great meals in southern Italy this was one of the least enjoyable - especially for the price. My macaroni ragu tasted like the pasta came straight out of a supermarket packet with some canned tomato heated in the microwave and a gristley bone thrown on top for the appearance of flavor that was invisible to the taste buds. My wife's ravioli was rubbery and again lacked any depth of flavor. The chef is very friendly but needs to spend more time in the kitchen and less time cajoling his customers into believing they are experiencing something special.

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13  Thank Peter M
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Even though we can't speak a word of the language, the food was so amazing. We asked the chef to make us something wonderful (thank God he spoke english), and amazing is what we got. It was something we had never had, lamb that was local, from Mt. Saint Angelo. This from a world class chef, greeted us at his house/restaurant in this mid-evil village. His hospitality, food and cozy atmosphere made this a very memorable place for us while we visited Mt. Saint Angelo on our honeymoon. We were able to capture some photo's of us with the chef, as after we ate, he came out to speak to his guests. He made us laugh and laugh, as I will attempt to attach the video we have of him with us. You will see. What a trip it was!! Unforgettable.

Thank beaforlife
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

On arrival, there was a mismatch with my reservation which made us wait outside (12°C) for about 20 minutes. When we were finally sat at our table, there a display of dirty dishes and cups left there by a large group of Japanese diners. We were sat at a table next to the food lift that made a terrible noise every time it was used which made the experience a bit discomforting since it ruined the elegant atmosphere of this upper floor. Outside there is a menu on display that shows the prices of "a la carte" and the tasting menu, we opted for the latter but when the bill arrived it was absolutely beyond that price without us having ordered anything extra. The first plate (swordfish ravioli) was a total disappointment, utterly dry and uncooked. The second, a filet mignon was delicious but scarce in quantity being accompanied by 2, again 2, slices of baked potatos. Fortunately, along came the dessert, a real rejoicement to the senses made of sweet ricotta cheese and a sauce reduced from Manduria wine, totally worthwhile the long trip and the cold outside. Again, the bill amount was ridiculous and I felt a bit played since we thought the tasting menu's price was that of the one in display. A bit of honesty in charging your customers wouldn't hurt because as a result I am not going back there

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5  Thank Pichikin
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

Whether you like him or not, Mr. Mangano is one of the most interesting personalities in the Gargano and a living monument to the local cuisine. He certainly knows the "terroir" and tries to get the best products available on the (local) market. The result is quite pleasant, a very good example of the local cuisine, neither too simple nor too sophisticated, blended with Mr. Mangano's ideas on how to valorize Puglia's gastronomic traditions. It is true, it would be better to serve water in a carafe or glass bottle instead of recycling plastic ones. It would be nice to have a say in the choice of the wine (if you can stop Mr. Mangano...). But eventually, the place is cosy, the host is pleasant and the food makes the difference. You should try it once.

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Thank waggadouggou
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

My wife is italian and I am Irish and we go to italy a couple of times a year. We are quite fussy about our food and the whole dining experience. Puglia is renound for its cusine and I have to say Li Jalantuumene does not let it down. "Li Jalantuumene" by the way means the gentleman so the owner GIGI tols us. The is a family run restaurant and the service is first class the atmosphere and the setting is first class, the food which is cooked by GIGI himself whom is a self taught shef whom has worked all over the works from places like New York to Dubai.

The price is quite reasonable for the dining experience and we loved it. Will return please good some day.

Thank IanDevine
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