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“Just like Italy”
Review of La Pecora Nera

La Pecora Nera
Ranked #1 of 16 Restaurants in Burra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: La Pecora Nera (The Black Sheep) is an Authentic Italian Eatery (Woodoven Pizzeria & Osteria) located in the picturesque town of Burra in the mid-noth of South Australia. Everything revolves around the magnificent wood-fired oven. It's Italian food as it was meant to be - fresh, vibrant & delicious - the closest you can get to dining out in Rome without traveling to Rome itself! Our ever-changing menu includes: Antipasti (cured meats, cheese, olives & other delicasies) ; Insalate (Salads) & Insalatoni (Big Salads); Pasta (both durum wheat & gluten free); Traditional Woodoven Pizza, Dolci (Sweets & Deserts); Gelati & Caffe (Coffee) Buon Appetito!
Buninyong, Australia
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Just like Italy”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

The exterior of La Pecola Nera is a bit ordinary- (a shed next to a servo!)
However, it's really buzzing inside complete with music via vinyl and the food is excellent. (We only had pizzas but the antipasto looked fantastic and the pizzas were really, really good).
The service was most friendly and warm and the prices fine. This place was a huge relief after a series of awful, overpriced pub meals on the Yorke Peninsula with doubtful looking bain maries full of overcooked muck.
I just wish La Pecola Nera was my local eatery!

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“I wanted this experience to be better”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

I had received multiple recommendations to eat at this restaurant so it was a must for my recent trip to the Clare - making the extra 40km drive to visit Burra. I really liked the buzz in the place, and the no frills butchers paper table cloths, shared long tables and the verbal specials menu and recommendations. We started out lunch with super mouth wateringly tasty oysters. Unfortunately we then waited over an hour for our antipasto plate and had to chase the waitress about this more then once. I understand sometimes waiting is just part and parcle of a busy restaurant but when everyone else around us is being served and almost on to deserts, we were feeling forgotten about. One of the male waiters was pretty sloppy in his service, slapping plates down without a word, when trying to get his attention he would just point to one of the female waitresses indicating 'speak to her, I'm not here to look after you'. Yes, the food was good, the pizza that we were finally served after being there for almost 1 hr 45 mins was delicious, and I'd almost consider going back there again just for those oysters. But substandard service made my experience one that I probably wont repeat.

  • Visited August 2012
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blacksheepburra, Owner at La Pecora Nera, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Paolo and I really wanted to apologize to you guys for what happened on Sunday – and thank you for being so honest in your review. Heads rolled after Sundays service – we really make a point of serving our guests well and warmly, and for us that means both getting the food out as quickly as possible and making people feel at home and well taken care of, and we really let you guys down on both counts. This last weekend we became acutely aware that there was a problem with that waiter you mentioned in your review, and Paolo has been quick in dealing with it. We rely on our team working well together and definitely to be on the same page in regard to our philosophy of service. The miscued communication and lack of team spirit from said waiter that resulted in your antipasto going awol is a not a scenario to be repeated in our osteria! If on your travels you find yourselves back in Burra we really hope to give you a much better experience, and one to remember for all the right reasons. Many thanks again for your feedback. Clare & Paolo Vitozzi at La Pecora Nera (The Black Sheep)
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Clare, South Australia, Australia
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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“Great atmosphere, fabulous food, great experience”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Had the best lunch out with friends at one of the "long" tables at La Pecora Nera - great selection of pizza and pasta, with the pizza made in the huge wood fired oven in the restaurant. Serving sizes were giant. Liked the friendly owners, the great authentic Italian food and that you could help yourself to the little drinks fridge and just let them know when it was time to settle your bill what you had consumed.
It wasn't just a lunch, it was a great experience.

  • Visited August 2012
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Winnipeg, Canada
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best pizza ever”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

Staff running around madly - the place was hopping with people, kids, staff and pizza everywhere - but a warm, enviting, fun environment to have a great pizza on a cold winter night - I wonder if they do breakfasts?

  • Visited July 2012
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Burnaby, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Little Piece of Italy in South Australia”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Dinner at this charming restaurant was a memorable experience- lovely food in a warm, inviting environment. The owners, Clare and Paolo, welcome you with wonderful Italian pizza straight from the wood-fired oven- simple, fresh ingredients on a thin crust, so much better than the stodgy mess that passes for pizza in North America. You can also order fresh pasta with inventive sauces. We particularly enjoyed one with pumpkin and fresh rosemary! Desserts are a special treat. Be sure to try the cheesecake and Italian hot chocolate- divine. If you're planning a visit to the Clare Valley, you won't be disappointed with a stop at La Pecora Nera.

  • Visited July 2012
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