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“Fantastic country dining”
Review of La Pineta da Dario

La Pineta da Dario
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We had lunch at Da Dario's while driving to the neighbouring villages of Vacone and Rocchette and it was an unexpected treat. The pasta was outstanding and the meat dishes were delicious. This is simple, unpretentious dining at its best.

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Reviewed 16 August 2016

We love this place. It is a bit of a "hole in the wall" and only occupied by locals. We call it the "hobbit place" because everyone, esp. the people who work there, look like they are straight out the Shire. It's not wildly easy to get to. But it has ample parking and can handle very large groups.

Their food is great. They do the local cuisine, but no pizza. Grilled meat is their specialty, and it's what we love about it. It's cooked (and hacked apart) right there in front of you. They do all kinds of grilled meats, but I absolutely love their pork chops, and their sausage is hands down the best in the Sabina (which is REALLY saying something). Their meatballs are also highly recommended, and they do an excellent crema catalana for dessert.

The service is actually quite efficient, and even fast for the area.

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Thank Gary F
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Reviewed 23 November 2015

I love the location of this restaurant: a quiet green valley in the bucolic Sabine countryside dotted with ancient Roman ruins and boasting an amazing, beautifully frescoed romanesque cathedral built on the spot where, according to legend, St. Peter presided over a Eucharist. Our original intention had been to visit another restaurant close by, but it was closed, so La Pineta it had to be. I had visited La Pineta a number of years ago with a number of friends but I have to say my memories of that particular meal were overshadowed by the sadness I felt for having to leave Italy soon after. I am very glad we gave La Pineta a second chance because this time the meal was truly memorable. Our lunch started out with a complimentary appetizer plate of warm beans and pork. At our first mouthful of that seemingly simple and humble dish we all looked at each other and said, "Wow!" and it went from there. From the pasta course to the grilled sausages and chicory side I had to the steak and meatball dishes my friends had, our meal was outstanding. My friend who had the steak said it was the best steak she had ever eaten... Was it marinated with a fancy concoction or spiced to the end of its life? No, extremely high quality locally raised meat is the star of the menu at Da Dario and if you eat here it will make you think again about the meat you are used to eating in North America and elsewhere. La Pineta is by no means a fancy restaurant. If you are coming for chi chi decor and waiters in fine suits, don't bother. But if you are interested in honest, quality, locally sourced excellent meat-based country cuisine you may indeed come out of this restaurant thinking it is a new favourite.

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Thank James J
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Reviewed 25 September 2014

The menu if you ask for it is quite basic but we went there twice and really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. The mixed seafood on Friday lunch was excellent and not expensive.

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