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“Amazing!”
Review of Il Cortiletto

Il Cortiletto
Ranked #3 of 158 Restaurants in Fasano
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
England
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143 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

We chose this restaurant because of other great reviews and were not disappointed. Firstly, once you realise the restaurant in not in Fasano town but in a village called Speziale about 10 -15 minutes drive from the centre is makes it much easier to find - it is in the centre of this small village. As others have said, there is no menu and three choices for the primi and secondi courses. The dishes are explained to you - mostly in italian. We shared a plate of antipasti to start - about 10 different items, some of which we could not identify but all were delicious. To follow I had chicken and potatoes cooked in the oven - doesn't sound very exciting but it was very tasty, and my husband enjoyed lamb cutlets and mushrooms. These came with a plate of vegetables to share. We finished with ice cream as we could manage no more. We visited here on a Saturday evening and it was full of locals by the time we had left - always a good recommendation!

Visited May 2013
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Aspen
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109 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“So Good We Went There Twice!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

This is a tough place to find; the sign says merely, Trattoria. The front room is pretty unpreposessing. Very little english is spoken. And the menu is limited. But the food is delicious! And especally so when served in the wonderful garden the back! We were offered 'pork', which in fact turned out to be a pork loin in a fig reduction that was terrific!

This is simple, unpretentious Puglia dining at its very best!

  • Visited September 2012
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San Jose, California
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A good place to go..”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Great Food, good Ambiance, stunning Building.Grazie allo staff del Cortiletto...
We've had a very good experience and most of the tourists we were bringing around were more than happy to be there and enjoined the Experience.

  • Visited September 2012
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Warwickshire
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114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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“Fabulous start to our trip!”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

We stopped off here on our way to our villa after landing in Brindisi airport. The restaurant is very unassuming and you have to look to find it.

We were not sure what to expect but heading through the big beaded curtains into a small room. We were then shown out to a lovely courtyart - it was a very sunny day but the courtyard was shady and comfortable.

There is a blackboard menu as you walk in but as none of us noticed that we decided to let the owner decide (ish) for us. We started with some fantastic Puglian white and then the owner came and told us what was available. We ordered 6 anti pasti (seriously massive - ordering one between 2 would have been more sensible) and three different types of pasta between the 6 of us.

The anit pasti arrived - a big plate with a variety of different tasty bites on it - aubergine parmigiano, ricotta cheese, stuffed pepper and courgette, another type of cheese, cured meat and a kind of pearl barley dish - all tasty in their own right - the owner then brough to the table a mushroom flan with a parmesan sauce - gorgeous!

Fully stuffed, none of us were sure how the pasta would go - six plates arrived with three difference types of pasta on - pappadelle with tomato and ricotta, orecchitte with a tomato sauce and "Big Ears" stuffed with augergine and cheese with a sauce. All great!

We finished with some homemade little biscuits and maccaroons - couldnt eat them home so snuffled them out in a sun hat so as not to miss out!

All fabulous and well worth a stop if you are passing through

  • Visited September 2012
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Nendaz, Switzerland
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53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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“Great local dining experience”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

The sign on the door says simply "Trattoria", so you have to look carefully on your first visit to ensure you have the right address, but inside:

The setting of the restaurant and the decoration and lighting (in the evenings) of the white walls in the small courtyard (cortilleto) created a very favourable impact on arrival.

The friendly service and advice on the menu and wine list continued the good impression.

The anti pastas are a must, but 1 for 2 portions suffice if one intends to go through to pasta and Piatti.

There are some excellent Negroamaro and Nero di Troia reds served in decent grand cru glasses to get the best out of them, ( glasses often lacking elsewhere in the region's restaurants).

The filet steak, mixed grill including very tasty sausages, and the lamb with garlic from the oven were among our best choices on our 2 visits during the week.

For the quality the prices are good value.

The Restaurant was full on both our visits, mainly with locals rather than tourists, which created a great ambience, but book a table if you intend to arrive after 20.00.

Despite being full the service maintained its standard, except that one of the items we ordered did not turn up, a small error easily forgiven for such a great local dining experience.

  • Visited September 2012
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