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“Got to stop in here”

Taverna de li Caldora
Ranked #2 of 12 Restaurants in Pacentro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$49
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Stopped for lunch. Weren't allowed to sit by the windows, think that it's reserved for locals.
The owner explains the menu, nothing written. Seems to be 4 or 5 choices for starters and pastas and meats.
Started with carpatchio, nice thin raw beef with arugula and Parmesan. Another had the codfish, very nice. Then were swamped with 4 plates of grilled vegetables.
Of the 4 of us. I was the only one who could eat more. Had a pasta with goat cheese, pancetta and black pepper. Best plate of pasta I have ever had.
Friendly place, nice rustic setting and a great out of the way medieval town.

Thank Arch W
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

The food was delicious. The owner was a gracious host and suggested many dishes all of which were amazing.

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Thank Linda H
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

This dinner was spectacular in every way. The owner of the restaurant took time to explain every dish and answer any questions my friends and I had to help us decide on a dish. The food portions were plentiful and delicious to say the least. I was blown away by the freshness of every ingredient and the fact that a large portion of what was served to us was local. We could tell the own took great pride in running an exceptional establishment. It was clean and well kept, and the food arrived in a timely manner. I wish we had stayed in Pacentro longer, just so we could have come back to this restaurant a second time. Truly a perfect evening.

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Thank Nikki G
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Had lunch here in early August. We had visited a couple of years back in Winter, had greatly enjoyed that, and had planned to return for some time now. Delighted that we did.

In Summer time, I would recommend calling ahead to book. It isn't such a remote place, but one would have to travel elsewhere to get a nice meal, if they were full.

I would also recommend payting close attention to the waiter describing the menu - we had intended to order 2 courses, but he sugested just the one to start with. Glad that we did, because 2 courses would have been too much for us.

I tend to be cautious with the anti pasto; restauranteurs' interpretations can be very variable. We had a choice between that based upon lamb / agnello, or cod / bacalla, and chose the lamb. It came with 7 or 8 "supporting" dishes, all of which were lovely.

We then shared one portion of lamb chops as a main. (The folk at the next table had the mixed pasta as a primo; 3 different pasta dishes, all of which seemed to be reasonably-sized servings.) The lamb was as good as I've had in Abruzzo, where it's a regional speciality.

Wrapped up with dessert and a coffee, but not before the proprietor brought out a bottle of ratifia, some traditional biscuits, and then some genziano.

Service very attentive, but not intrusive.

For 2 of us, with a bottle of wine, this came to 68 Euros; not cheap by Abruzzese standards, but excellent value for money.

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Thank TheJockDiplomat
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Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

What a great meal. We stopped for lunch in this charming little village. The restaurant is hard to find even though it's in the main piazza. Once you enter the doors you realize that everything is first class. The restaurant itself has been renovated with little expense spared. The main area has a fantastic patio overlooking the mountains and valley and the indoor area adjacent to the patio is floor to ceiling windows. The owner was very attentive and happily recommended food he thought we would enjoy. We ordered an antipasto, bakala salad delicious) and an 'assagio' of pasta. Three small portions of pasta of his choice. We literally licked the plates. Delicious and the service was first class. Easily the best restaurant we enjoyed this trip.

Thank lcs989
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