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“A great restaurant.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Pergola

La Pergola
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Ranked #26 of 678 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $39
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We are a family run Restaurant sitauted a few miles west of Cambridge City Centre. We serve authentic, traditional Italian food, and where possible use homegrown vegetables and herbs that are cultivated on our adjoining allotment. Our pizzas are cooked in a Wood Burning clay oven and our pizza dough is freshly made each morning. Our menu features many typically Italian foods that we are proud to make using the traditional methods and recipes handed down through generations.
Cambridge
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A great restaurant.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Having eaten at La Pergola before, we were very pleased it had lost none of its charm and quality. We went with two friends who eat there regularly, and had a great evening.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank David W
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Cambridge
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A real gem of a find in Cambridgeshire”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

My husband and I went to La Pergola for the first time last night as we had driven past it recently and never realised it was there before. I am always on the lookout for a good Italian restaurant on the doorstep and outside of London because having been brought up in New York where the Italian food is almost better than in Italy itself, I am very picky about Italian restaurants in the provinces in the UK. However, we discovered a real gem here. A good menu full of various choices, wonderful listing of pizzas all done in a wood-fired oven, generous portions and reasonable prices. The Italian food was very authentic with just a touch of Anglo thrown in (i.e. chips with the aubergine parmigiana), but the homemade tomato sauce, fresh herbs, homemade bread, good wine (we had one from Puglia that had a background taste of black cherries), and a good ambiance make us want to return very soon. They make their own sausages too with fennel and pork so I am very interested in trying these. We were absolutely delighted with the place and until I can visit New York again, this will do just fine. By the way, the Panettone bread and butter pudding was to die for.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GlobetrotterMum
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent independent Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Visited La Pergola on a Wednesday night on the recommendation of a friend after discussing the lack of places to get decent, non-chain pizza around Cambridge. It definitely lived up to expectation - real wood-fired pizza oven, great pizza and calzone (and the other food that we saw coming out the kitchen looked good too) and attentive and friendly service. Will certainly be visiting again in the near future - it's worth making the effort to get there even though it's a few miles out of the city centre.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dan W
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A little disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We had to book as the restaurant on a Sunday was very busy. They only had a meal deal on which consisted of two courses for £14.95. We were unaware of this and just ordered the pizza which was ok but I have had better in the area. We were then told that we had to have a dessert as we could not just order the pizza! Reflecting on the price for an average pudding it worked out very expensive. Not as good as we hoped for so would not return.

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Thank mrssansone
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Orwell, Cambs
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Five years and we keep going back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

My wife and I have eaten at La Pergola very frequently since it opened. We have also taken family and friends on many occasions and never been disappointed. What you get is really honest food, home grown vegetables when in season, home-made bread, pickles, puddings and desserts (except for ice-cream and sorbets -both locally artisan made). The pizzas are cooked in the only wood-fire oven in Cambridgeshire. Portions are always generous - I once said I couldn't eat it all, but Rosa simply said "We don't do small!"

At the end of November, I was asked to organise a pre-Christmas lunch for my golf group of 12 plus our partners at La Pergola. For a very reasonable budget, Rosa, Domenico and Tony produced a 3 course meal with at least 4 choices per course, plus 1/2 a bottle of wine per head, coffee and chocolates. They also provided white linen tablecloths, flowers and Xmas crackers which I had not requested! The lunch was a great success and almost all my friends told me how much they and their wives/partners had enjoyed the food and the event.

Downsides? Yes, it's not a candidate for a Michelin star, but it never claims to be. Yes it can get a bit noisy, especially when there are children on a Sunday, but it's a really family friendly restaurant and all the better for it, to which you can add good parking, a safe garden for children in the summer and a lot of regular local customers.

High quality ingredients, honest cooking, friendly people, child friendly .What's not to like!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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