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“Better than Florence's #1” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of L’Ostellino

L’Ostellino
Ranked #2 of 940 Restaurants in Pisa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $6
Cuisines: Wine Bar, Italian, Fast Food, Street Food
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Cash Only, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wine and Beer
Description: Sanwiches - plates - cakes - wine
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Better than Florence's #1”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

After having tasted a panini at Florence's (current) number 1 restaurant All'Antico Vinaio we could not resist to 'test' Pisa's number 1 contender.

L'Ostellino won.

The food was simply excellent. We had the porchetta and salami. Friendly staff and everything was reasonably priced. Cheap in comparison to the the quality provided and almost nothing compared to the tourist traps surrounding the Pisa Tower.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely little bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

I had lunch in this lovely little bar last week. Only a stone's throw from the Leaning Tower it seemed like a million miles from all the tourists and provided a very welcome break from the crowds. Our sandwiches and little almond cakes were excellent, as was the local speciality cake we received on the house from the very personable girl working there that day. The self-service wine, based on an honesty system, was really good and the staff were lovely and very helpful. I chose this bar based on tripadvisor recommendations and was really pleased to have such a good lunch there...thoroughly recommend it.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Michelle I
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Glasgow
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121 reviews
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“Maybe not No 1 restaurant in Pisa!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

But as a sandwich bar, excellent. Was intrigued by this establishments rating so had to visit. Very quirky and limited seating arrangements inside, but the adjacent "park" has sufficient seats for the passing trade. Staff excellent, helpful and knowledgeable. Some people were partaking of antipasti or antipasto! We sampled two different fillings and enjoyed a glass of wine with our "meal". Two guys behind the counter and some pigeons which cleared away the debris on the floor from the sandwiches comprise the staff. They are not a health hazard, --the pigeons! Yes, I would return but would chose a softer bread as the "baguette" was quite a challenge!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cruachan
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113 reviews
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“Absolutely brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

You must, must, must get here. The atmosphere is so wonderful and the food, the food well wow. We ordered from the mind boggling but numbered menu (get yourselves a drink first so you can absorb it) and the watched as our sandwiches were lovingly, yes folks that's exactly the right word (just watch as he wraps each sandwich in its own little parcel), prepared and they were delicious. Oh, run up a tab, don't just pay for the sandwich, I promise you will be mighty tempted as you absorb all that is on offer.
A word of warning to those of us "longer in the tooth". I don't know about you but I have reached an age when a delicious crisp Italian panini puts my dental work in severe jeopardy and strains my jaw. They do do plates of food if you ask.

Visited June 2013
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Houston, TX
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166 reviews
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“Mmmmmmmm!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

My daughter and I thought we were panini'd out but had to try this place. It is adorable, a tiny spot with an owner passionate about food and wine. We should have ordered from his thoughtfully planned menu, but I desired porchetta and his delish grilled veggies. My daughter asked for Tuscan ham, and for him to make it his favorite way. It was so good, the bread crusty outside and fluffy inside. The tomatoes are perfectly ripe- all the ingredients are fresh, simple, true.

We had brutto ma buoni cookie-- a fat cookie, "ugly but pretty" that was buttery and with almond flavor. And the crispy flat thin bent cookie of anise was a refreshing unique ending.

The decor is kitschy yet appealing and captured our attention and amused.

The owner speaks no English but was accommodating. Menus in various languages translate. Nice touch, the self serve wine service.

Visited June 2013
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Thank lanago2
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