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“Underwhelmed (or maybe unlucky in ordering)”
Review of Primo

Primo
Ranked #18 of 140 Restaurants in Otranto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $55
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Semplicemente una trattoria, dove Ti senti come a casa. Non e un locale elegante, ma semplice e pulito, la cucina ha piatti preparati giornalmente. Il menu e dettato dalla stagionalità ma soprattutto dalla disponibilita di mercato combinata con la nostra fantasia. Quasi tutti gli ingredienti sono a KM zero, con predilezione al biologico.Vasta scelta per intolleranti al glutine e al lattosio. Piatti vegetariani. Servizio wi-fi gratuito per i clienti.Giardino privato.Aperto tutto l'anno.
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Reviews, and initial impressions, made Primo seem like a good fit for our tastes. We had palate fatigue from too many traditional Puglian dishes after a week in-country, and this seemed like a place that could provide a little variation with the great local ingredients. The establishment is a no-nonsense place, with paper tablecloths, simple decor, bright fluorescent lighting both in the inside and patio, and a menu that seemed innovative and inspired.

Only one of the four dishes we had was worth a return; a starter of very thinly sliced eggplant, done in an escabeche style; fried, then dressed with bread crumbs and mint, with lots of olive oil, served at room temperature. The other starter, anchovies in vinegar, was a delight to the eye; a generous school of lovely little fish radiating out from a center dollop of tomatoes and lemon, but with entirely too much vinegar to be enjoyed. The oven grilled swordfish was properly cooked, but the pistachio crumb topping was bland and contributed little. The real letdown was the tuna, properly grilled rare, but served with a glistening sweet red sauce that looked like a something from a packet from your local Chinese takeout. We were too demoralized to do dessert, and bailed out.

Service was good; not much English but sincere and effective. Short but decent wine list.

A lot of other dishes being delivered to other tables looked good. We might try again.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Our satnav failed to find the restaurant we were looking for, our stomachs were rumbling so we parked and walked into the first place we saw. Thankfully it was Primo. By far the best food we've eaten in Puglia, if not all of Italy! We tried to tell the owner this, but his Inglese wasn't great. Hopefully he'll read this! Immaculate bathrooms, no frills decor, brilliant food. Don't hesitate. Eat!

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

This is not a fancy place but it is genuine and fantastic food. The sea bass with olive and pine nuts was to die for.

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Thank Feyodor
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Food is great the problem is the waiting time. Ordering, or asking for the bill you may wait an exceptionally long time. They are one of the few restaurants here that offer Gluten Free options however.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

A really nice restaurant, a little bit "off" from the centre but the food is excellent! They seem to change the menu based on availibility. I tried for example caprese and the tuna, both where lovely! Try this place if you want to taste some excellent food!

Thank Ida H
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