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“fantastic food”

Osteria del Coco Pazzo da Stefano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $64
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed April 20, 2013

We'd read lots of good reviews of this place & after one failed attempt (it was closed on the Tues night) finally made it for a visit.

After having been "Antipasti-ed" to death the previous evening ( a delightful way to go but not for the faint hearted!) we decided to play safer & only order 2 antipasti. While we waited we were brought plates of bread, olives, pickled veg & an amazing broad bean puree with crostini. We could eaten our own body weight in ti, it was so tasty!

Our antipasti duly arrived & were fantastic. A big plate of proscuitto & mozarella, & another of mushrooms with grilled cheese. The mushrooms were the best I've tasted - really beefy flavoured & they matched wonderfully with the slightly warm & slightly melted cheese.

For our main courses ( we skipped the pasta) we ordered the much talked-of "Pig Pie" & the lamb. The pie was beautiful - golden pastry top covering tender chunks of flaky slow cooked pork in a rich wine gravy. The lamb was also very tender & flavoured with truffles.

We managed to cram in dessert somehow - again, these were faultless ... the wobbliest pannacotta ever, & a crisp apple slice.

This was a fantastic dining experience - the chef ensured we understood what everything was on the menu, & chatted to us in English quite happily, before chatting away in French to another couple who had just arrived. Both he & the other staff were very attentive & service was cheery & efficient, but it's the food that rightly takes pride of place here. It was a little pricier than some of the other places we visited but was definitely worth it, & I think being able to sit outdoors on a summers evening at the Osteria would be a magical experience. Don't miss out!

1  Thank WeeSmurf
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

In looking at an area of Italy that is well known for excellent food (isnt all of Italy) its hard to find somewhere that stands out. Well this was certainly one of those, the food quality was very good and it is clear that this chef takes time to prepare much of this by hand.
The choice was very good but it all had one common theme, it also looked amazing as well as tasting so good.

The restaurant is in an old building with the decor common to many in the local area and that adds to its charm.

I will go back, I woukd recommend this to anyone.

3  Thank Vic A
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We have been to this Osteria several times. Just the two of us and also with fiends in varying numbers. Not once have we been disappointed. To be able to deliver top quality every time is not dependent on luck, but hard work and dedication.
We have ordered from the menu and we have given the chef "carta bianca" the last option has always been a surprise for our friends. And their response has always been a question about how it's possible to serve such a quality food with such a taste. . . . .

This Osteria is top class and should have been given a Michelin star or two. Or rather not, maybe then it would have been full at all times and impossible for us to visit without planning ahead for months.

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1  Thank normannen
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Incredible service, wonderful food, at a very reasonable price. By far the best restaurant we went to in Italy. Would highly recommend to anyone in the Puglia area.

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2  Thank Intrepid_ZB24
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

This was our second holiday in Puglia but the fifth time we have been to this restaurant. We would urge you to go and try for yourself the excellent food available. Stefano's antipasti are wonderful, each plate carefully considered and representative of local food packed with flavour and texture. I adore all Stefano's food but really enjoy his Rolled Breast of Lamb the sauce to accompany the meat and potatoes is wonderful,my husband could not praise his Duck Breast and sauce too highly. His pasta dishes are superb and so are the specials cooked with what Stefano has chosen from the seasonal best available. I have had one dish I did not enjoy but that was my fault I ordered so that we could have three different dishes to taste rather than what I really wanted....so be guided by your heart and take advice from Stefano. Add to this excellent value wines and the biggest welcome in Martina Franca and you have a near perfect restaurant.

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2  Thank Sharon-47-12
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