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“Good hotel, good restaurant”
Review of Relais Il Mignano

Relais Il Mignano
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Ranked #7 of 140 Restaurants in Nardo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 35 - US$ 59
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

There is a saying among travellers that you'd never eat where you sleep. Whatever the origin of this saying is, it is certainly not true for relais il mignano, via lata 29 in Nardo, Puglia.
The hotel is a typical town palazzo in beautiful medieval Nardo (we selected Nardo as our base for trips to the Salento countryside both at the Ionian sea and at the Adriatric sea.the palace has big quiet rooms and a wealth of small terraces all over the place to collect each ray of sunshine (which was, we must admit, absent during our stay. This couldn't be helped by il mignano, of course) but, the idea that we could have sat there with a fresh cappucino or a glass of delicious Apulion red wine, was some consolation. Internet was strong and everywhere. So we spent many hours in the book lined salotto; a joy in itself.
The restaurant wasgood with a lot of fresh fish and seafood. Like many restaurants it offered a selection of antipasti (5 in total, which gives an element of pleasant surprise and which will do as a whole meal.we only have one advice for all restaurant owners who have this sample on their menus: please halve the orginal quantities of the antipasti in order to prevent a too early total satisfaction.
Very good wine; wecompletely fell in love with Apulian reds: negroamaro, malvasia, nero di Troia: sweet memories
Benzee, utrecht, holland

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Reviewed 30 August 2015

FOOD: very good. I enjoyed monkfish pasta and the "ombrina" fish was the best I ever had. Dessert "Biancomangiare" was ok,
SERVICE: the owner at the cash and the one who should have been the maître were nice and professional. But the younger waiters looked not professional enough for a place that aims to be top rate, they forgot some requests, jumped on my foot during serving, looked not coordinated. I understand that in August the place was crowded and they had to climb many times a lot of stairs but I wasn't satisfied from that service,
LOCATION: great, I had the the chance to eat on the terrace with a nice view on the other buildings roof,
RATE PRICE/QUALITY: fair for food and location but not for the service

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Reviewed 25 July 2015

Despite the great atmosphere (especially when dining on the terrace), the food didn't live up to the ambience and to the prices. My main course was baked mullet, one of the most expensive choices on the menu. It tasted dull and gummy. The octopus I had as an appetizer was decent, but too salty to enjoy its flavor. The service inattentive, due to an inexperienced waiter. The price way too high, especially considering the location (Nardò isn't exactly the most popular city in Salento). We were quite disappointed.

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Reviewed 25 March 2015

We were staying in Nardó for a few weeks to oversee a building project and there are not so many choices within the old city: we had heard the meals here were top notch and we were not disappointed. Pasquale was our waiter on the 2 times we dined here: he was the ideal server! with the second meal he suggested a different wine from the same house, we loved it and guided us to be adventurous.
The ambience: refined, elegant, relaxed: the perfect remedy for those cold humid March days we were there. There are several small dining rooms and a hushed atmosphere. So many restaurants don't get the art/decor right...but here the colors and textures and artworks all combine to project a calming welcoming feeling. You could easily have a private conversation across the table, no issue with noise!
The food: they LOVE food here, they celebrate food here, the cuisine takes advantage of all the bounty of Puglia but is original, with a global awareness of food trends. One stand out dish I had was a flan of artichoke with a goat cheese mousse on top: lovely and o so delicious! Portions were perfect. Plating was considered and never sloppy. We also had our first taste of lampascione here: this is a seasonal delicacy, a bulb, like a hyacinth, served lightly fried in a tissue thin layer of batter on a bed of rucola. They accommodated the one vegan in our party, but that is relatively easy in Puglia a zone rich in greens, vegetables and legumes.
Our serve: Pasquale. Thank you Pasquale, you were never invasive, you were tactful and spoke excellent english, (a nice plus) and made wonderful recommendations.
Cost: 3 people with wine euro 80. extremely good value! in Italy the nice surprise is the wines are not marked up to kill the budget, so each of our bottles on the nights we ate there were euro 15 each and excellent.
Go here! Enjoy! treat yourself.

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Long wait for the food, no one left at the door to greet other guests who happen to arrive, ice not available had to ask......all in all not a good experience.Not much choice rest wise in Nardo ' so one is stuck

Thank Charles S
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