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Naples: Osteria Da Tonino

Via Santa Teresa a Chiaia 47

Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: trevertoon from NM, review #1348

When: 2004

Popular family-run osteria with traditional cooking. We enjoyed both a lunch and a dinner here. Small (a dozen tables), so get there early!

Directions: Chiaia area, about one block SE of Piazza Amadea, down the hill on Via Giovanni Bausan to Via Santa Teresa a Chiaia. Look for #47.

We had a late lunch here in October, shortly after arrival in Naples and booking into the Pinto Storey. It was almost full at 2:45pm with locals. Rustic decor with wood-paneled walls, checked tablecloths and racks of wine in the front room. Mr. Tonino bustled around greeting customers and taking orders, while his wife ran the kitchen and a son served. No English spoken, so we puzzled our way through the hand-written menu. Bread, sparkling water, the house red and some penne pasta were sufficiently filling for the 3 of us (only 15), but Mr. Tonino tried to tempt us into another course by bringing trays of the various luncheon items to the table.

We returned a couple of nights later, early enough to get a table without a reservation; it was full by 9pm with a lively Saturday night crowd of mostly locals. Three of us shared an antipasti plate and I had a tasty tortellini con fagioli primi and a carne a ragu secondi. The others both enjoyed seafood dishes, and we split a bottle of 2003 Mastrobernardi Greco di Tufo. Some apple pie topped off a delightful evening. Would definitely return!

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