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Rifugio Della Rocca - Ristorante
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Calascio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 18 - US$ 41
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Description: Rifugio della Rocca offers a menu of traditional, local dishes, prepared with passion and love by our chef and respecting the traditions of Abruzzo. We always use local products, chosen among the best in the area, such as ricotta cheese made in Calascio, lentils from Santo Stefano, saffron from Navelli, the lamb meat and sheep from local breeders. The pasta is homemade, including our dishes: pappardelle with wild boar, ravioli filled with ricotta, chitarra with mushroom. Desserts are another specialty of our restaurant, very appreciated are the cake with spelt and almonds, and crostata with ricotta and chocolate or ricotta and cherries. There are always many choices of vegetarian dishes, and we are also ready to serve gluten-free meals.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for a light lunch after mountain biking to the castle. We were well looked after and enjoyed a tasty chocolate flan. There’s an alpine feel to the place, high in the village overlooking the valley more than 1000 feet below

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch at this restaurant perched in the small village just below the Rocco Calasico castle which we had just visited. While there is an outside patio, we chose to eat inside the restaurant with its fireplace at one end and bamboo ceiling. The setting was like it was from a movie.

The meal did not disappoint either. We started with lentil soup which is a specialty of the area with the small dark lentils grown locally in the valley below. It was served with hard dense bread used to soak up the rich broth. We then had broad pasta noodles with wild boar Ina tomatoes based sauce with the full bodied house red wine which were both delicious.

Service was good and not at all rushed while we enjoyed this fantastic setting. If in the area this is a must combination - the visit to the castle to work up an appetite and a delightful lunch at this quaint restaurant

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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped here while walking up to Rocco di Calascio. I had promised my wife and children a nice lunch as a reward for hiking up rather than taking the minibus. We weren't disappointed and there was something delicious for all tastes. Antipasto was good as were the pasta dishes. I had wild boar ragu with papardelle which was really tasty. Waiter spoke really good English and was really pleasant with kids. Only disappointment was that wild boar stew was off as I had been recommended this. When we arrived it was quiet at about 12:30 but 10 minutes later it was rammed and the staff were run off their feet. Great lunch stop and good value for a tourist location.

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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Still very attentive and personal service on a Sunday evening when the crowds of weekenders had cleared the field. The raviolis will always be remembered and set a new standard for me. Very reasonable prices. Next evening, the lamb and spinach for dinner joined into the perfect harmony of the place.
Hearing Paolo singing in the morning while preparing your cappuccino just makes your day. What a great work he has done with his family, restoring the village since they moved here in the early nineties and bringing it - and keeping it - alive!

Thank Papa R
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

if you are in Abruzzo you absolutely must eat Lunch or Dinner at the Rifugio. it is an experience of a lifetime. Susanna Salvati could not have been any more accommodating and communicated with us in perfect English when they unexpectedly were not going to be open for our planned lunch. We booked for 2 days later and had a fantastic meal. The setting, the service and the food are all beyond compare. Don't miss the chance to visit the place!

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Thank Bruce K
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Paolo B, Direttore at Rifugio Della Rocca - Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2016

Well, thank you! What else should i say, you are very kind, we try to accomodate our guests as if they were at home.
I will say hello to Susanna for you.
Many greetings
Paolo Baldi

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