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Pisa: Ristorante La Pergoletta

Via delle Belle Torri, 40 , Phone: 40.050.542458
Closing day: Mondays and Saturdays

Reviewed by: WVCyndy from WV, review #1983

When: 2006

Excellent food and friendly, helpful service!

Directions: Via delle Belle Torri is a narrow street set just behind the wider street that runs along the Arno, Lungarno Mediceo.

I had a steak in a nest of Treviso raddichio and it was excellent, while my husband thought this was the best meal of this year's Italy trip!

He had a sort of seafood stew made with big chunks of calamari he's still talking about. Our dinner companions had to catch a 10 o'clock train and the staff were kind enough to call a cab and then shoo us all out when it arrived. I believe we paid about 30 euros apiece, including wine and water. The setting was an interior covered garden and was quite pleasant.

Reviewed by: Gloria - Casina di Rosa from Italy, review #1753

When: 2005

Excellent food and a very cozy room with a "pergoletta". It can be very romantic (candlelight & fancy plates). It is a bit pricy but well worth the money.

Directions: La Pergoletta is in the heart of Pisa, just 2 steps away from the Lungarno Mediceo, in a little street near Piazza della Berlina.

We went to La Pergoletta by chance: the restaurant we wanted to go to was packed and we hadn't booked. We found a table in the lovely room with the pergola: very nice atmosphere with candlelight and fancy tablecloths.

The waitresses were very nice - even though we showed up at 9:30 p.m.; a bit late to go to a restaurant.

The menu featured many interesting antipasti, primi and secondi; not just the standard Italian food, but more elaborate things. We liked that!

I had an Antipasto di Terra Misto; they brought me a fantastic place with many different things to try. Really nice! Then I had a plate of Sacchetti di pasta con ricotta e spinaci (sort of little bags of pasta with a filling made with ricotta cheese and spinach) with a fabulous cheese topping.

Marcel had a plate of Manicotti with Pumpkin Sauce and a particular type of Salsiccia (sausage) and pork cooked in a sauce of red wine and grapes ... it was amazing!

We had dessert as well: I got olive oil ice-cream on a thin waffle made with rosemary and Marcel had a fabulous dark chocolate and almond cake. The desserts were very different, too, so it was a nice experience!

We spent 64 euros for the two of us, including a bottle of an excellent "vino della casa" from San Giuliano wine producers' co-operative, and water. And, of course, "coperto" - which, by the way, was a bit expensive (2.50 each).

The location is really nice, close to one of the liveliest squares in Pisa, with bars and lots of people. The restaurant itself is really nice. Make sure to book and to ask for the "sala con la pergola", because the inside of the restaurant is not as nice.

If you go to Pisa, this is a nice place to eat at. We had never tried it, but now we can definitely recommend it. It is perfect after you have taken a nice walk in the city centre.

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