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AU$41 - AU$75
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Mediterranean, Healthy, Soups, Central-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 9 March 2024 via mobile

Honestly, you only have one other choice in Navelli. That usually that means there’s no reason to do anything to an extreme high standard, but that’s exactly what happens if you’re lucky enough to be close enough to visit and enjoy this sublime dining experience....It’s genuine local cuisine done to a sophisticated standard in a setting that you must experience. This is world class establishment. Everything from the antique lightning fixtures and massive stonework and the simple elegance of the floor, tiles and furniture deliver a genuine unforgettable local experience . This is fine dining with a focus on simplicity and the integrity of the ingredients, which is what Italians really get right. I started with a local Belgian spire, inspired triple laced with saffron. The color was extraordinary and the taste. It’s equal bravo it’s made in nearby Popoli. I ordered the local five course meal for €30. An extraordinary value don’t miss it if you’re anywhere in the region there’s also at least one other fabulous restaurant on the Navelli plain, I had a wonderful, chicory pee, starter with almonds, followed by a wonderful beef stew the local fresh greens. I don’t know what’s coming for dessert, but I’m sure it’s great. Enjoy! Not to be missed.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

Great authentic italian restaurant with lovely traditional decor. Staff were very friendly. Food was amazing. We had Italian Cheese Balls, Speciality Cheese Platter, Braised Lamb steak with chestnuts and paperdelle with cinghale along with a side of potato with cabbage. Every dish was so tasty....Along with a beer and half carafe of wine the bill came to about 60 euro which we thought was fantastic for such a lovely restaurant. Thankyou for making us feel so welcome and our little dog :-)More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Daniele Giovani, Proprietario at Antica Taverna di Navelli, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2024

thank you very much we love animals

Reviewed 23 August 2023

Lovely local food, good wine, cosy atmosphere. The cuisine offered by this restaurant is refined but still close to tradition in terms of ingredients, receipts and tastes. Cosy atmosphere and very good service.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Daniele Giovani, Direttore generale at Antica Taverna di Navelli, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2023

beautiful review. Thank you very much

Reviewed 25 June 2023 via mobile

Very good local food. Good service, nice family-run staff. Prices are okay and they offer an amazing local wine list. Parking on site.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Daniele Giovani, Direttore generale at Antica Taverna di Navelli, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2023
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La sua recensione ci da la forza di continuare. Grazie

Reviewed 5 July 2019

It doesn't look like much and it sits just outside the town but my goodness this was a delicious meal! Without a doubt try the saffron pasta, it was a very generous portion as we were told to expect and it was an absolutely fantastic...flavour. So glad we stopped in Navelli for lunch. The person working was very friendly, he spoke a little english (enough to get by as our Italian was poor!)More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 7 June 2019

As saffron is a speciality of the Abruzzo region, for our primi, we had the saffron spaghetti with cream and bacon; and the saffron pappardelle with zucchini and creamy parmigiana sauce. For our secondi, we had the lamb chops with baked potato; and the beef...casserole with herbs from the Abruzzo region. For our dolce, we had the cream of custard with saffron with biscotti di solina; and the fragole with lemon and sugar. We enjoyed a 2017 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Emilio Pepe”, which was a vino biologico. This was a great, typical meal of the region and the service was excellent. The restaurant was a short drive from our Abruzzo Segretto B&B.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 25 August 2018

Excellent food and service in a good environment. No complaints at all with this place. Traditional italian food done very well

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

The host is a charming man and his wife cooked us a fabulous meal. Navelli is the saffron growing centre of Italy so the restaurant features it on the menu. I had the mixed grill which was excellent followed by a saffron cream dessert. My...daughter had a pork dish featuring saffron.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

We are American tourists from Philadelphia who were visiting family in Chieti and in Pescara in the Abruzzo Region. One of my cousins gave us a tour of the area around L'Aquila, and took us to lunch at the most delightful restaurant.. To begin our...lunch, we had the antipasto board with a sampling of everything from cheese, prosciutto, salami, to a taste of two soups with saffron, the lentil and the cecci beans. How wonderful! For our entrée, we shared a series of pasta dishes, each one better than the other. For our meat dishes, we had the mixed grill with lamb, rabbit, chicken. We shared two desserts, and they were probably the best desserts that we ever tried. One was like a hot pudding, and the other a crostata of apples. For our vacation next year, we are looking forward to eating here again. We may even plan it so that we can stop for lunch on our way from Rome to Pescara. The service is very good, but even better were the prices. Sincerely, this is a place not to miss if you like and appreciate good food.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We ate here twice in one day while in Navelli. The food was superb! The highlight wasthe pasta with saffron and guanciale. The owner was very nice and the ambience was perfect. We will be back!

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Top restaurant in Abruzzo with an excellent variety of local dishes. The service is fast and the owner is very kind and polite. The atmosphere is amazing as the place is very cozy and warm.Wine selection is great too! Highly recommended.

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 17 January 2016

Guests who stay at my house in Capestrano have often said this restaurant is one of the best places they have found to eat in the area. I have also visited many times and know it is a gem! The host is passionate about the...local produce and will happily explain the dishes. We have enjoyed the range of hot and cold antipasti and the meat dishes have been excellent .More

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

This restaurant serves food that is very local and natural. The menu is Abruzzese, but with a modern twist. The prices are extemely modest and all in all is an excellent place to eat!

Date of visit: November 2015
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Reviewed 2 October 2015

Beautiful Restaurant below street level. Food was good but not the best I've ever had. They really need to work on smiling a bit.More

Date of visit: September 2015
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anticataverna, Proprietario at Antica Taverna di Navelli, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2015
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Mi ricordo di voi, e anche voi non avete sorriso.....quindi se le sono stato antipatico perchè non le ho sorriso...More

Reviewed 13 September 2015

We went there on 2 occasions for lunch. The first meal was so great we came back 2 days later. It was refined and we enjoyed the saltimbocca with the black salt and saffron. The veal was very good too. On the second occasion we...had the tasting menu which was a nice experience with lots of (special) cheeses and meats and the farro and liver were lovely as well. We liked the fact that all ingredients used are sourced locally/regionally. It is a nice restaurant with airconditioning (a must during hot summer days), we could easily park our car outside. Would definitely go back here on a next trop to Abruzzo.More

Date of visit: September 2015
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Antica Taverna di Navelli is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5