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“Interesting, a bit different and very enjoyable”

La Stanza del Gusto
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Ranked #632 of 2,958 Restaurants in Naples
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed June 24, 2012

This is really for Squisitezze - the downstairs ‘cheesebar’, but with full meal choices too (La Stanza is the ‘full service’ upstairs); neither are large and can get crowded – book or go earlyish. We ate downstairs in the more informal Squisitezze (though neither are really formal) twice, the first time having the ‘cheese and ham’ platter plus glasses of wine and dessert, the second a full meal (though shared both starter and dessert, both large enough to do that) with a bottle of wine and coffee.
The decor is interestingly non-traditional, in some ways reminiscent of an old- style French café, and the food not typically Neapolitan (and fine for that). Ingredients are, though, Italian and both fresh and well chosen; many items are well made but different takes on traditional menu items (e.g. try the Birramisu – tiramisu with beer). We thought service was very good and the waiters friendly and funny.
Prices are on the high side (especially vs. pizza and a beer), e.g. the second meal above was 74 Euros for 2. We enjoyed it enough to go back but it is a little overpriced.

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Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

A charming neighborhood spot with a good mix of locals and tourists. They specialize in cheeses, wine and their food is organic. Sitting outside on a warm night under the lanterns is a wonderful experience. The food is good,nicely presented and the wait staff just wonderful - for me they were the essence of this place! Make sure to try the mixed platter of cheeses and cold cuts.

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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We stumbled upon this lovely place as it was just round the corner from our hotel on Piazza Bellini. There’s a restaurant upstairs and a more relaxed and casual cheese & wine bar on the ground floor. Even though the prices are quite steep (20 Euro for a small platter of cheeses), we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The cheeses that we got (all local to Campania and Italy) were absolutely delicious and all in all worth the price. Would recommend.

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

The owner/chef prepares original takes on Italian dishes (a "Napolitan nouvelle"?), makes his own cheese and salami (in addition to a wide selection from elsewhere in Italy), and has a nice wine cellar. It is a little pricey, but not too bad, and it is worth it. Note that there is a less formal eatery on the ground floor, and a much nicer, but relatively hidden dining room upstairs. The service was excellent, and they speak a good English.

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Reviewed April 17, 2012

My husband and I had a wonderful evening at Stanza del Gusto. We sat at the bar, the best place to sit if you want to see what is happening and talk to the staff. We sat downstairs, the more casual floor, and we began with a bean and fennel soup and a plate of vegetables. Both were excellent. The soup was interesting, too, had an interesting kick to it, the thing that Stanza del Gusto is known for.
Eating there is an adventure. Don't go if you aren't prepared for unusual flavors and textures.

For our entrees we had couscous with fish and vegetables and tagine with lamb. My husband's couscous was, he said, the best fish he'd had on the trip. My lamb was very flavorful, occasionally a bit tough and fatty, but both dishes had a really good couscous, not dry, rich in flavor, would like to know how to make it.
We enjoyed talking to the server. He fixed us up with a good glass of white from Campania and a red with the tagine that I liked even better and was a very good pairing
For dessert I had a very good dense tart with nuts, chocolate, and orange.
Our bill for two glasses of wine, two starters and two entrees was 63 euros.
We'd go back in a second. We recommend it for people who are adventurous, not insistent on superb dishes with every single course, think about cooking the food they are eating and how they might make it themselves, and enjoy the ambiance of a restaurant committed to high-quality ingredients and creativity.
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