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“Great food, great atmosphere, great wines”

El Gioviale Cafe & Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a casual and informal restaurant in San Francesc serving some of the best (the best?) pasta in Formentera. Mateo and Francesco run the front of house with gusto, and Julia is a genius in the kitchen. She and her team concoct a variety of marvellous pasta dishes using seasonal ingredients, mostly sourced from local producers but also with Italian imported delicacies like the marinated artichokes that Francesco offered us as a starter when we were last there for lunch. The wines are to die for if you have the means (Tignanello, Sassicaia and so on) but with a good selection of more affordable gems. Whether it's for a casual lunch or a more formal dinner, this is the place to go.

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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Normally you are not supposed to write reviews when you're still emotionally attached but I have to let off some steam. My girlfriend and I just had a terrible experience at El Gioviale when we wanted to have a bite to eat for lunch. We went into the place, passed the waiter and sat down. Only after a couple of minutes he came to us and told us the table was booked and we couldn't sit there. There were other unoccupied tables but when we asked him what he suggests we do he was very rude and said "how would i know". Then, after we left, there were some Italians who passed by and who clearly hadn't booked a table who then sat down at the place we had been sitting before. The food at the other tables looked and smelled excellent but the attitude of the staff towards their guests is terrible - if you're not Italian that is

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Reviewed 24 September 2016

This has a very nice surprise for us: lovely food and very good service.
Holidays ambiance very appreciated.
We come back in our last day in Formentera and I hope I'll go back!

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Thank Edite F
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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic
Great pasta great service really friendly owners
Pasta cooked to perfection and and great sauces using the best fresh ingredients I can highly recommend not to be missed

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Good pasta, good vibes, but quite expensive and caotic slow service. You see they try hard, maybe I just picked the wrong moment for a quick lunch?

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