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“excellent food, good staff at reasonable prices”
Review of Osteria San Paolo

Osteria San Paolo
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Thu, 1/27
Ranked #79 of 1,001 Restaurants in Pisa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Osteria San Paolo was born from the experience of Carlo Bibbiani, famous for founding one of the most famous patisseries in Pisa, and is located in a quiet and elegant place in the center of Pisa, near the beautiful church of San Paolo a ripa d'Arno after which the restaurant is named. The philosophy behind the Osteria San Paolo aims at creating a both elegant and welcoming atmosphere where customers can enjoy the excellent seafood and land first courses enriched by the imagination of our versatile chef. The target of Osteria San Paolo is being able to surprise the customers with flavors that are both simple and innovative so that your experience can be unique and unforgettable. Whether your choice falls on meat or fish, Osteria San Paolo will be able to surprise you with products of indisputable quality. A word of advice: do not satisfy your appetite with all the main dishes, as it would be a shame not to taste the home-made cake! All the proof of a pudding is in the eating: you will not be disappointed by our excellent price/quality ratio.
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We were a party of four and went following hotel recommendation. The food is local Italian style, very tasty with a good reasonably priced wine list.

Initially they said they had no tables as the outside area was full, but then the boss offered us a 15 min wait or an inside table. We eat inside which was fine - courtyard looked very pleasant.

We had 4 mains, wine, water, 2 desserts with a bill less than 100Euro.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Thank Geoffrey C
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

We just arrived in Pisa from Puglia and believe it or not, we were famished! Our hotel concierge at Hotel Bologna recommended this restaurant, less than a 10 minute walk. The restaurant is clean and well appointed but not fancy. The wine list was decent and my wife and I had our normal go-to. She had a sliced beef over arugula and I had their scampi dish. I also had their seafood risotto and she had the cacio de pepe. Both well prepared. We know there are many restaurants in Pisa, but this San Paolo is definitely well worth the trip. Happy travels.

Date of visit: May 2017
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Thank joesuzu1212
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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is just over the bridge in South Pisa but well worth the walk from the duomo. It has a good atmosphere and friendly service. We had the fish ravioli and the tuna and both were excellent.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank meatja13
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Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Incredible Grouper Ravioli and Steak. Off the beaten path and worth the walk! We dropped in mid afternoon after many hours of travel and they were happy to accommodate. Made a great recommendation for a wine too.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank bbhardy
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Having been in Cinqueterre and eaten enough fish and seafood to satisfy us for a lifetime (until the next visit at least ...) my hubby was desperate for steak...

We sought this place out via Trip Advisor and were not disappointed.

Bread basket arrived ... the homemade walnut bread is delicious.

We did order the mixed seafood starter for two (be rude but to ...) and it was heavenly. Five different small(ish) tasters and all cooked with a different twist to the way we had experienced similar offerings in Vernazza ... prawns, fish gratin, grilled octopus, squid in a lovely tomato sauce, anchovies.... beautifully presented and each one delicious.

Then hubby had his "Fiorentino" steak ... they brought him the meat to show at 700gm - see the picture. He was happy and he had just this .... no contorni ... why would you??

I ordered the steak with rocket and Parmesan, also pictured .... much better portion size but it was too pink for me (I asked for medium) and also a bit chewy. The bits I ate were delicious and the steak flavour a welcome change from seafood overload.

We washed the first course down with house white, the second with house red .... all good value but the wine list was extensive and prices were good.

I finished off with the homemade Tiramisu ... also pictured.

With the exception of Graham's 700gm steak (priced at 4 Euro per 100gm) the rest of the menu is unbelievably inexpensive. White linen, polite, well dressed waiters who discreetly flutter around and cannot do enough for you. We had a lot of food for not a lot especially comparing it to similar dining experiences in the Cinqueterre...

This place is not on the beaten tourist track so needs seeking out .. one block away from the river btw. We checked it out in the afternoon as we percolated back to our hotel, made a reservation for dinner and then percolated back ...

Worth the effort if you're in Pisa ...!

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank DeanaM13
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