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“Nice venue, friendly service, excellent food”

La Balestra Antica Hostaria
Ranked #23 of 93 Restaurants in Urbino
Price range: US$17 - US$28
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Connecticut USA
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175 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Nice venue, friendly service, excellent food”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

This little restaurant in one of the narrow sidealleys of Urbina is worth a visit. Simple, well prepared local dishes. Friendly service. Romantic outdoor terrace. Reasonably priced.

  • Visited July 2013
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Bonn
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231 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Good food at moderate prices”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

During our holiday in Urbino we found the "La Balestra" quite by chance and, after our first visit, returned several times. That, in itself, should be sufficient to recommend the place with its pleasant terrace - try your best to book a seat there. Inside it is noisy with two TVs running all the time! We were not disappointed by any of the dishes we tried, be it pizza, be it an excellent insalata Raffaello, be it the entrecote, be it roast veal with funghi, etc. All well prepared and tasty. The wine was great, too. And the total price of € 25 for two large pizzas, two glasses of wine and two litres of sparkling mineral water should be sufficient evidence of good value for money. Let me add the staff is helpful and friendly, too, albeit sometimes a little disorganized.

  • Visited August 2013
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Bangor, Maine
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284 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Pleasant outdoor dining”
Reviewed 19 June 2012

Altogether pleasant dining experience at La Balestra, with a good-sized outdoor terrace on a quiet, atmospheric side street a short distance from the town center. Reasonable prices and good selection of wines; the pasta course and the lamb goulash were both tasty and filling, if not especially refined; the tiramisu was excellent - would readily return.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Ranke
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Buckinghamshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good food in a quiet position with outdoor option”
Reviewed 22 May 2011

The fact we ate here on successive evenings - once inside, once outside - is an indication of a very positive experience. There was no motor traffic past the seating area on our visit - another plus - but conversely you're probably going to have to come by foot after leaving the car some distance away. Slight diffidence and lack of warmth in service could well have been just shyness - it didn't affect efficiency. Wine buffs should try a real local rarity on the Balestra's excellent list - DOC Pergola made from the aleatico grape. This was a revelation with hints of wild strawberry and great smoothness..

  • Visited May 2011
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