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“Shut the front door! Real Italian, real good!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Papa Leno's Restaurant

Papa Leno's Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 52 Restaurants in Berea
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Los Angeles, California
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132 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Shut the front door! Real Italian, real good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Oh my god...I haven't had home-style Italian food like this since my parents died...I have eaten here twice, but had the same thing...Ravioli Florentine. The set-up is different as it is quick-service, but the food is made to order, so it takes a few minutes longer. No worries, you get a bread slab in melted butter and there are salads and appetizers if you want starters. The atmosphere is more like what you'd find in New York or Chicago--big city flavor with small town appeal. The meal will fill you up...it's so good. My family's recipe's not withstanding, its the best traditional southern Italian food I've had in forever. The best comfort food ever. Yum! It is a dry county, so the only thing missing is the wine.
(And, yes, there is only one bathroom room for each gender. The Boone Tavern Hotel down the block has nice facilities if you have a larger party and need to "go" en masse before eating... just saying.)

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Berea, Kentucky, United States
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good Stuff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

I went to Papaleno's a lot while I was a student. I mostly went as a part of the Canterbury Club on the campus (which was also great fun). I remember not being the biggest fan of Papaleno's when I first moved to Berea. It was out of my price range and the food was average. It has definitely improved over the years. I have tried many things on the menu, but the pizza is not my favorite. I prefer their pastas and sandwiches. They make an amazing portobello sandwich. It is definitely my favorite. I also enjoy their chicken alfredo, but beware. It is an incredible heavy dish. It was unfortunate that I didn't discover that Papaleno's has the most amazing french fries in Berea until shortly before I left. It is also really cheap to get an ENTIRE basket of fries. They are seriously amazing. Overall, I like Papaleno's, but not for their pizza.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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KY
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Very Good Pizza!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

Was very pleased with the pizza. We tried the Mountaineer and Bbq chicken. Both were very good. Better than chain pizza places. The cheesecake was wonderful too.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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84 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“No flavor and order wrong”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

I have never seen a New York style crust that was less than 1/8" thick. I ordered a small and they delivered a large. I took it and didn't complain but did mention it. Now as I am eating I really wish I had complained. It has absolutely NO flavor. I had to make sure I was eating the pizza and not the box. The delivery driver was very nice other wise they would have gotten a much worse score. I said average for the atmosphere because I didn't see the place. It's probably a good thing I didn't. I hate leaving bad or average reviews for locally owned businesses but it's hard to find one that deserves anything more than average at best.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Independence, Kentucky
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Tasty and Reasonable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Worth the stop just to try the DELICIOUS home baked garlic/butter coated bread! An obvious favorite with the locals!

Visited October 2013
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