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Review of Papa Nino

Papa Nino
Ranked #6 of 83 Restaurants in Looe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $25
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Papa Nino is a small Italian Restaurant, based in the quiet picturesque fishing village of Looe in Cornwall. Offering a range of traditionally loved Italian dishes and wines, whilst also taking full advantage of the wide variety of fresh fish and seafood caught daily by local fishermen.Choose from our starters selection of Mussels, Scallops, Speciality 'Hot Spiced Crab' or Minestrone Soup, Mozzarella and Tomato, Homemade Pate, Avocado with Prawns, Mushrooms in Garlic, Melon with Parma Ham or Prawns in Garlic Butter. Main courses include a large variety of Pasta dishes, lots of Fresh Locally-caught Fish, Whole Dover or Lemon Sole, Whole Sea Bass or Sea Bass Fillets plus many more. Not forgetting our House Speciality Lobster Thermidor or large Fillet Steak. Vegetarian options, Children portions, Fully Stocked Bar and Comprehensive Italian Wine List with Home-made Desserts, Liqueur Coffees and old Italian favourites Sambuca or Limoncello to finish.All served with a warm, family friendly Italian style silver-service. Come try us out, you'll be glad you did!
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2013

We had three meals here during our 2 week stay and the food is top class and well cooked.
This small but intimate restaurant really is worth a try.
The staff are very welcoming even to tourists and the front of house known as 'J' made us feel as if we were locals not just tourists.
The fillet steaks and the fish are of top quality and we enjoyed every meal we had.
The service was excellent as always. The only downside is that they do not accept debit/credit cards.
We will be back next year.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank weekender16
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English first
Southampton, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great local lobster”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

There are two seatings at this popular restaurant. We were lucky enough to be able to get into the early seating, even though the later one was booked. It is an Italian and a seafood restaurant. I ordered the half lobster special. It was a very large portion of delicious local lobster in a terrific sauce with little prawns. The lobster was put back into the shell, and was easy to eat. My husband had fish, and enjoyed it very much.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Miriam L
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“Best we have eaten since we left Italy!”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

We both had pasta dishes to start which were almost, if not AS GOOD as the REAL PASTA you get in Italy! My husband had the fillet steak which was the largest we have ever seen! The entire meal was stunning and fantastic value! We will be traveling out of our way, just to eat there!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank FFFoodie
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food.”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We had read on TA that this place was well thought of by other visitors. How right they were. We booked ahead to ensure we had a table reserved. Given the intimate size of the restaurant it is to be advised. We received a very warm welcome on arrival and seated in the window table. The place has a lovely rustic charm which certainly, for us, added to the experience. The menu choice is good and we were offered a range of starters and main courses off the specials board. We both went for the Pate starter, which was served with thick cut toast. We only managed two out of the four slices to avoid being full before the main course. For main course we went for the half a Lobster Thermidor, billed as the restaurant speciality and the Pasta with Prawns & Salmon. Both dishes were absolutely delicious, well cooked and presented very nicely. The portion size is large, so much so that we didn't trouble the dessert menu. We choose a glass of the house Rose wine, which was very nice, always s good indication as to the quality of the wine list. Overall, we loved the place and would have no hesitation to eat there again. It serves good quality dishes with attentive service. The prices are no more than equivalent high end places and the place adds wonderfully to the Looe good food scene. Enjoy.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank taylors_on_tour
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15 reviews
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“Great fun!”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

We had a great evening here, it's very small so booking is a must and we were lucky to get in.
Being small means there is a cosy and intimate feel to the place, and as one of our party had a birthday it seemed as if the whole place was celebrating with us.
3 of us had fish and the other ate Italian, all were good. The meringues some of us chose for dessert were excellent, especially the one with the added birthday candles!
Give it a try, you won't be disappointed :-)

Visited September 2013
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