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“Authentic and classic Italian charm”
Review of Stefano's

Stefano's
Ranked #361 of 1,232 Restaurants in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Serving high quality Italian cuisine, Stefano's is decorated with an authentic Italian bistro look and original artwork of famous Italian scenery, situated a short walk from the city centre in the popular Pontcanna area of Cardiff. Winners of Best Italian 2012/13 in the South Wales Echo, Stefano's is a family-run business and the proprietor, Stefano Caramella, is on-site to ensure a professional, friendly service to accompany the exquisite food prepared by the chef. Enjoy eating in the restaurant or dine al fresco on the heated patio during the warmer months of the year. Stefano's offers a fantastic a la carte menu, including Italian favourites and exotic specials, as well as fresh fish and specials boards available daily. To complement your meal perfectly, the restaurant also invites you to choose from an extensive range of international wines from the cellar.
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57 reviews
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“Authentic and classic Italian charm”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

A wonderful neighbourhood Italian restaurant, which is worth a visit. Reminiscent of a northern Italian trattoria - the service, managed by Stefano's brother, is as you would expect, warm, welcoming and full of Italian charm. An excellent wine list, some of which is imported from small Italian vineries, compliments some great dishes. We loved the home made meatballs and Tiramisu. The lovely Linda and Stefano and the rest of the team will make your evening what ever you want it to be - romantic, a convivial night with friends, or in our particular case, a warm, comforting and as 'mama would make' supper. Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank bay-back
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Stefanos C, Public Relations Manager at Stefano's, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us and we are glad you enjoyed your meals! Keep checking our site for Upcoming Events and we shall see you soon! Grazie!
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“WOW!! Amazing!! Fantastic!!!”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Stop reading reviews and just go to this restaurant!! 8 of us ate here Friday night and not one complaint. We are not easily pleased :) fantastic food and service. When back in town I WILL be eating here (order the fish cakes for starter)
Thanks for a great night guys

  • Visited March 2014
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Stefanos C, Public Relations Manager at Stefano's, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Thanks for a great review! we very much look forward to seeing you again!!
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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“2nd visit”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

We went here on our last visit to Cardiff and everything was amazing. We couldn't wait to go again. We were slightly disappointed with the food but understand people's tastes vary the service however was faultless.would like to have been informed of the automatic 15pc service charge. We will give it another go

  • Visited March 2014
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Stefanos C, Public Relations Manager at Stefano's, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thank you for your review-please be aware we don't have a 15% service charge-we do however have a 10% DISCRETIONARY service charge that is clearly stated on both menus and bills but is entirely discretionary.
We look forward to seeing you again-our wine night & dinner is on March 25th-book in for a great night that is also fantastic value! 5 courses, 5 wines, just £39.95 pp
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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“Great little restaurant”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Went there last night and really enjoyed it. The staff were great and had a laugh with everyone and the food was really nice. The food almost reminded me more of "home-cooked" food as opposed to the over-the-top stuff you can get in restaurants sometimes. It was fairly simple but unbelievably tasty. I had the lasange and my wife had the carbonara and both were perfect.

We only went there because another restaurant we were going to go to was full but we'll definitely be coming back again! A nice lucky find - highly recommended!

Grazie mille!

  • Visited March 2014
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Stefanos C, Guest Relations Manager at Stefano's, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thanks for a great review!! We look forward to seeing you again-our wine night & dinner is on March 25th-book in for a great night that is also fantastic value! 5 courses, 5 wines, just £39.95 pp
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Cardiff, Wales
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“Lovely staff, food NEARLY as good as my Nonna's!”
Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

My partner and I ate here for our anniversary. Although there was only one other couple dining we didn't feel awkward as the live music was lovely and unobtrusive and the waiter was fun and friendly. The food was very nice (the polpette were second only to my Italian Nonna's!). The complimentary wine tasters and liqueurs went down a treat too! It's not cheap, but this is Pontcanna and it's good quality. Nothing will ever come close to my Nonna's cooking, but so far this is the best Italian I've come across in Cardiff! Thank you for making our anniversary special :)

  • Visited January 2014
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Stefanos C, Public Relations Manager at Stefano's, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Thank you for such a beaming review:) We are so glad we helped to make your anniversary special! Do come back for one of our special event evenings-we have wine tastings, opera nights & much more-check our website for details of all upcoming events!!! Grazie!
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