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“Not easy to find, but the food was worth the search”

Ristorante Don Carmelo
Price range: $7 - $16
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located within the estate, the restaurant offers a cuisine based on quality local Apulian ingredients inspired by the Mediterranean tradition.
Prague, Czech Republic
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“Not easy to find, but the food was worth the search”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

The restaurant is hidden in a strange looking complex in the middle of nowhere. We had just bought some wine in Cellino and it was getting late to find a place open for lunch (2:30). I checked the internet and found only a few in the area and this was the nearest place, but there was no specific address. We used navigation with only the street name. The first time we passed it because there were no signs visible from the street. After driving awhile we assumed the unfinished complex must be the place. It is a walled complex with a castle-looking structure made out of raw orange bricks. This building is a hotel. You must drive out to the street and go into the next driveway which looks like a delivery entrance. We found a closed enoteca and next door is the restaurant, but there was no sign, the door was closed and was covered by a curtain. We were starving by this point, so we tried the door even though we were not sure where it would lead. Thankfully it was the door to a sizeable restaurant. We were seated, but given no menus. The waiter indicated that he was the menu and he only spoke Italian. He told us what was available. We chose two fresh pastas and he brought some pitule (fried dough) and some small meatballs which was included in the cover charge. We also asked to see a wine list, but there was none. So, he brought a bottle of the house wine (10 euros) which was a decent primitivo. It was the same price as is sold in the enoteca, so that is not bad, but we would not pay 10 in an enoteca for it.
The food was fresh and tasty. We wanted something sweet to finish the meal, but were told none were available.Not even fruit.That was a disappointent, but were very glad to have gotten lunch! The highlight for my husband was finding out that the owner was Albano Carrisi the singer/actor. I had no idea who he was!

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