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“Basic yet lively and lovely”
Review of Back to Basics

Back to Basics
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Ranked #140 of 391 Restaurants in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $21
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Pizza, made in wood fired oven was really good; made vegan for one of us. And for GF me, the very yummy parmigiana di melanzane, a baked dish of eggplant, tomato and mozzarella. House wine tasty and affordable. Service and atmosphere lively and charming. Perfect tiny espresso rounded out this lovely meal. Nice find.

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Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

After reading other reviews and people rating the pizza as the best authentic pizza they had eaten we decided to try this restaurant. The waitress took a long time to get to us and was totally confused about what was available. After reading the menu we ordered gin and tonic which was on the menu to be told they don’t have gin. That’s OK so we had Coke light. It was served like warm. We ordered a pizza and an eggplant parmigiana. The pizza base was burnt and the eggplant apart from being burnt had a small melted mass of cheese in the middle of the dish which was basically over cooked eggplant swimming in tomato sauce. I was extremely disappointed after reading other reviews stating the pizza was great. I can’t recommend this restaurant based on my experience. Furthermore if you go to this restaurant on a warm day or night make sure you sit outside as inside is very hot.

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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

By chance, walking on the street, we found this small italian restaurant. The curiosity triggered by its name, not usual for an italian pizzeria ... however later on we understood the reason for naming it like that. Everything is home made prepared. Mr. Franco makes its pizza dough with a balanced mix of components that translates in a soft and light pizza cooked in an oven with oak wood. As starters try the terrina with scamorza and speak. We also tasted the delicious rigatoni prepared by chef Domenico: cooked “al dente” with mint, pistachio and Auricchio provolone. From Domenico also the home made fresh Tiramisu, delicious too. A true italian corner in Haarlem, simple but in which you can taste flavors from the past. Bravi.

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Reviewed June 11, 2018

We greeted the staff inside then we seat outside, nobody came to take our order for more than 20 minutes. We ordered Antipasto Italiano: terrible, dry, no salt, pepper, no olive oil on the table, dry vegetables, tasteless cold cuts and old and hard bread. Pizza was just accetable, not properly rised. Not a good image for Italy

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Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

We visited the Christmas markets in Haarlem and actually ended up coming to Back to Basics for the 3 nights we stayed in Haarlem -food was great- antipasto platter with focaccia fab and wood fired pizzas vv tasty. lovely atmosphere - great food - well priced - highly recommend !!

Thank BJSDublin
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