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“Service and food terrible” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Botteghe

Le Botteghe
Ranked #66 of 296 Restaurants in Matera
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jupiter, Florida
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112 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Service and food terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

First of all the food in this area is typical for Matera, so you must expect it will not be as good as the some of the other locations in Italy. This restaurant serves mostly pasta and grilled meat. The service is not that good, our first experience is that we asked if they ha a menu in English...we can read an Italian menu but there were some items that we were not familiar with. The owner said he was the English menu and had a little bit of an attitude but we just dismissed it as his personality. We order two different pastas and asked specifically that the pasta be cooked well done...ben cotto not al dente....and we asked it to be over cooked...soft... It came Al Dente...ok...this would not be the first time it's happened but they never came over until it was time to clear the plate to ask how it was....and we left most of the pasta on the plate! Second coarse...steak with a side order of baked potatoes....how do you want it cooked...medium rare not ,,,steak came pre-sliced and raw...not even rare but raw....dropped at the table and again servers gone not to be seen...we can eat a rare steak that's not even an issue but there was so much salt on the steak and the potatoes it was ridiculous...and the nerves running through the piece of meat made it un-edible...we cut away and left more than 3/4 quarters...they came to remove the plates and finally some kind of response on how was the meal....the last thing they wanted to hear was that it was terrible.....they only wanted to know if we wanted any desert or after dinner drinks....I rarely give a bad rating and normally would just not go back but this place should be avoided....it was just bad...

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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106 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Ask them to "Surprise" you”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

we went as a group of 6. one uf us asked for the Chef to surprise us. what happened was an extravagant selection of antipasti. Add a very nice house wine and we all needed the walk back to the hotel to recover from our binge. All for about 30 euros each. great way to experience the local specialities.

Visited April 2013
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Leuven
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103 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very good local food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

The place serves very good local dishes, particularly their grilled meat is excellent. It is a popular place but in style with the locality.

Visited April 2013
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lived up to its recommendation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Our local guide recommended Le Botteghe and I'm so glad we took him up on it. It's situation in the lower part of the Sassi did limit its views but that did not detract from our experience. It is obviously constructed from at least two of the original cave dwellings, but, as in common with most of the Sassi buildings, at least two thirds of the restaurant is carved out of the rock face. Our host was friendly and amiable, as recommended by our guide we shared a taster starter of 8 local delicases. We then shared a steak and fried meat platter, it was perfect. Our host recommended a local red wine at our request, very reasonable priced we later discovered. Having seen our interest in trying a variety of local food our host recommended a taster plate of deserts. The whole evening was both relaxed and pleasant, our host and his staff could not have been more friendly.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Food good but service not great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

We ate here twice during our recent trip. The food was lovely and very reasonably priced. However, the staff were not great and not helpful for none Italian speakers. Average really

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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