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Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
Socially distanced dining tables
Staff required to regularly wash hands
Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 10/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Excellent small Italian, had fantastic croquetas and jamonnas starters and a good plate of truffle penne after. What really makes the difference is the incredibly friendly staff and the warm and authentic owner who clearly adores welcoming people and running her restaurant! A must visit
A Despensa was a great food and dining experience for our group of 4! Highly recommend reservations, we were seated right away with ours! Food and ambience were great. Service was very attentive but very busy with a full house and our entree was a...little slow in coming out. However, they made up for it with free limoncello shots to celebrate one our birthdays! We would definitely go again!More
First day in Porto and looking for a restaurant on the internet, I came across this Italian restaurant. The reviews and the picture of the food made me wanting to try it out.
I guess I was lucky in getting a table without any reservation...as this place is quite small and can only accommodate 30ish guests.
The menu is small with only 8 starters / 8 pasta dishes and 6 main courses. This is usually a sign of quality, better do less with good and fresh ingredients that more with frozen products.
The service was great as the server (or the owner?) took the time to explain their culinary concept and to explain me the various dishes. They even had some daily specials but I was looking for something different which you don’t get elsewhere.
I started off with one of their creation : some kind of fried pasta stuffed with camembert cheese with on the side a rucola salad with some dried tomatoes. DELICIOUS!!
I then continued with another pasta dish : Black truffle and black olive Penne with some extra truffle shavings on top. Another great dish!
The only downside, it’s once you are finished eating, they make you feel that they would like you to leave in order to get other clients seated at your table, but who can blame them with the current COVID situation (or it could be a cultural thing in Portugal to not stay and have another drink before leaving).
Anyway, GREAT food with a GREAT service at a very reasonable price.More
At first glance this restaurant looks smaller then it actually is. Personnel is very friendly. We both had one of the two specials of the day and they were excellent! Not even room for dessert, but we’ll be back again this week and leave some...room for it.More
I do not understand all great reviews for this restaurant.
More than 1h of waiting for main dish
The bruschettas and pasta are worst in my life.
One dish is too salty, another not salty at all
I even did not finish my pasta
For...the price we paid it is unacceptable
I do not recommendMore
We had a great evening in this lovely italian restaurant. The woman who served us was very kind and made great suggestions. The wine, the bruscettas and the pasta were all delicious!! And let’s not forget the limoncello at the end… :-) in short: we...had a blast here 🤩More