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Il Cantuccio

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Via delle Beccherie 33, 75100, Matera, Italy
+39 0835 185 4337
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
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19:00 - 23:00
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La Grange, Illinois
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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Small restaurant with only 10 tables. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Great waiter that was very engaging and helpful. Handmade pasta and fresh local produce. Good local wine. Our waiter shared a great recommendation on a local wine shop for good local wines. Well worth a visit.

Thank Marna01
Bucharest, Romania
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126 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Nice setting, cozy and sort of romantic. We've been there for lunch and tried different dishes, we wanted to "adapt" 2 of the dishes but the waiter told us that we can't, we have to eat the food like in the menu. The pork with carrot sauce (more like a carrot soup) is interesting and nice, fior di zucca was... More 

Thank domnitarugina
London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Very accommodating staff and good food and service. The pasta dishes are excellent with some unusual ingredients. They also had some interesting soups.

Thank Admiralpeter
Victoria, Canada
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a bite on a walk by. The zucchini flower appy was ok - not fab a bit too much batter for our liking. The pastas however were great. Local dishes that really gave you the sense you were eating a unique dish highlighting the region. The service was kind and attentive.

Thank MandL2809
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I was visiting southern Italy with my husband, sister and brother and we stayed in Matera. We chose Il Cantuccio because both the guidebook we were using and our hotel recommended it. As other reviews have mentioned, it was a small, intimate space and the tables all filled as the evening progressed. We loved talking to one of the owners,... More 

Thank Nancy D
Boulder, Colorado
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

This was one of my favorite dinner experiences. This is a small, intimate restaurant where you are likely to be served by one of the owner-chefs, as we were. He will likely suggest things that are not necessarily on the menu. The owner was charming and attentive, and we decided to just let him choose something for us. We had... More 

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Daphne, Alabama
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Il Cantuccio is a charming and lively authentic Italian restaurant with incredible food and phenomenal service. The restaurant is run exclusively by the owner and the chef. As you can imagine, this requires a great deal of multi-tasking. The owner serves as the waiter, bartender, hostess and buses the tables. I say all this to say do not go here... More 

Thank alisonbreb
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78 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

After spending the last three nights eating wonderful meals for 40 euros or less, we stopped in here. Mistake. The cook is using every shortcut to make cheap dishes. Iceburg lettuce - in Italy. I had a soup and had salami cut in at the end as 'sausage' in my bean soup. Avoid this place. It was the most expensive... More 

Thank BriaBoston
London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

Very excited to grab the last table one October lunchtime and enjoyed our first course very much. It must have taken well over an hour for our mains to arrive which included a trip to the shops from the chef I imagine to retrieve some ingredient that he had run out of. Everyone else had long gone. The main courses... More 

Thank Lewis_Ma_48
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

So we traveled here in June of 2015 and we have to say, it was the absolute best food on our Southern Italy trip. It was a great value, hospitable owner and chef, and great little ambiance. It's not a fast food, order whatever you want kind of place. It's true to style of an Italian experience where the staff... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$57
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via delle Beccherie 33, 75100, Matera, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Basilicata  >  Province of Matera  >  Matera
  • Phone Number: +39 0835 185 4337
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?