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“Fabulous Experience”
Review of Il Poeta Contadino

Il Poeta Contadino
Ranked #25 of 98 Restaurants in Alberobello
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$33 - US$133
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fabulous Experience”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

What a surprise, as we enjoyed the most wonderful meal with excellent service at this delightful Ristorante in Allberobello. The interior has a formal side and a more informal but still grand area for the not so large or formally dressed groups. We were a group of 8 who totally enjoyed the experience of true local cuisine with a great selection of wine, a good english speaking waitress as well to make our experience a little easier! This is definitely the meal we will remember as a special treat! Pricing was fair, in fact after other Italian cities, was modest for what we had.
I would heartily recommend it is worth visiting just to see how beautiful the interior is! Absoloutely not to be missed....

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Angela R
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Serbian first
  • Spanish first
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Leuven, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“A total rip-off!”
Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

We expected an interesting gastronomic experience at a Michelin-star restaurant. We know from experience that a Michelin star is a very generic qualification, and quality may vary. However, this restaurant really took us by surprise!

The style of the restaurant is, as the French put it, 'passe'. Grand, yes, but totally lacking personality and ambiance. The waitresses try their best, but they seem to have been instructed to imitate a robot: no warmth, kindness or Italian style enthusiasm.

The food was awful. No real refinement, no Italian traditions re-invented, just plain Italian-trying-to-be-French old style cuisine. Why oh why is this place rewarded a star???

The food was overpriced considering the lack of flavour and refinement. We would have eaten better at a village osteria!

The chef should consider to do some travelling and visit some European top restaurants. It might open his eyes and inspire him to reinvent himself.

Visited September 2013
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3 Thank kvanddekamp
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Leuven, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A waste of money”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

We regularly eat in Michelin star restaurants at home in Belgium and when we travel, and had very high expectations of a Michelin star place in Puglia, where local cuisine is excellent.
Local Pugliese gastronomy with an extra twist is what we expected. Average French cuisine (e.g. porc fillet with gratin dauphinois), with some local influences is what we got.
We had an excellent local white wine.
Nice location and atmosphere, very professional but unpersonal rather service.
Overall, 170€ for 2 is definetely too much in an area where you can have culinary feasts for less than half of this.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank jvhe
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Tbilisi, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

A very good place. Be careful, portions are huge.
Great local food, fresh produce.
Very good wine list.
I recommend. Will go again.
A bit pricey for the region, but overall good quality/price.

  • Visited August 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Simply Amazing!!”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

A local recommended this to us and we liked it so much we ate there three nights in a row.

There are actually two restaurants here, one is a cosy locals place (cheap\good value), the other a renowned place well deserving its Michelin Star status. They share the same kitchen so the quality of each is exceptionally high.

We have toured around italy and this is some of the best food we've tasted anywhere!

The location is a one minute walk from the main high street, enough to give it a peaceful respite from the bustle of tourist clamour.

The atmosphere is calm and relaxed. Perfect for couples but friendly enough for less formal occasions. The staff as super friendly and speak fluent english.

Definitely not one to miss!

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank SimonCharlesWatts
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