Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa

Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lauroristorante.com/
  • Phone: 8132812100
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Lauro Medaglia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between S. Grady Ave. and S. Church Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa
Chef Lauro Medaglia started his first restaurant in Tampa in 1981, and has established a faithful clientele. He began his career in Italy at a young age. Lauro spent several years in London working at the finest restaurants and hotels training under some of the best chefs to enrich his experiences. He has won national and international recognition and praise for his outstanding cuisine. Lauro's commitment to extraodinary dining can be felt throughout the restaurant and it is fitting that the establishment bears his name.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)special occasion (17)romantic (16)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (8)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Old School Italian at its finest!
    Hoodies
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This S. Tampa gem has been around for a long time. We just felt the need for some authentic Italian food and have always wanted to try Lauro's. We were met at the door by a professional wait staff and were seated immediately. We started with the calamari frites, they were delicious and well prepared. Both of our entrees were delicious and they came out right after our apps. The wait staff were attentive, and endearing. Great stories all night. I recommend this to anyone that just wants to got to an old school Italian joint, sip some wine, and be treated by an excellent wait staff and kitchen team to a beautiful night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    Excellent
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As a 52 yr old italian just having moved to the area from New York I was eager to find a great restaurant to feed my culinary cravings. I searched online & found Lauro Ristorante and decided to give it a try. I honestly had one of the best dining experiences of my life. The staff, wine list & fine cuisine were all outstanding. From cocktails to dessert, the food & drink were amazing. The waiters could not have been more attentive & helpful. Do not miss out on one of the best restaurarnts you will ever eat at. You will not be disappointed if you choose Lauro Ristorante for your next night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining
    Terri
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service is wonderful and the food is great. You feel valued as a customer whenever you eat there. One of my favorite restaurants in Tampa!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly Recommend
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a part of 7 for a birthday celebration. The food was excellent and the dining room was very welcoming. We selected two wonderful appetizers (Mozzarella and Calamarmi) to share along with the wonderful hot crusty bread and dipping oil - much better than Carrabba's! Everyone selected something different, from pasta, mahi mahi and filet mignon and there was nothing but praise for how good the food tasted. The service was excellent. The wait staff were very attentive to our needs and filled our water glasses and cleared plates without anyone asking. My youngest son brought me a bouquet of flowers for my birthday and our waiter offered to get a container to hold the flowers while we ate. We all agreed that we would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very surprised
    Escaddie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This place reminded me of a typical mom and pop Italian resturant. The prices were not too bad, but be careful what you get. My girlfriend order the capellini in red sauce and it was delicious however my dish with meat sauce and egg noodles tastes like hamburger helper. Overall it was an excellent experience dispit the small food blunder. The service was excellent and the staff extremely nice. I felt as if I was dinning at the Capitol Grill or Emralds.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We took our aunt here for her birthday dinner. The server, Joseph, was exceptional, as was his support staff. He was engaging, funny, and made the evening even better. The food was very good as well and their prices are reasonable, especially when compared to the other Italian restaurants in Tampa.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30th Anniversary Dinner
    randygolfs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Lauro"s has always been one of our favorite spots for a special occasion. While we hadn't been there in several years, everything looked the same. We were greeted promptly and waited for a couple of minutes while our table was set up. The waiter took our drink order fairly quickly, but disappeared for long periods of time after that. They had run out of pate, so we ordered the clam/mussel appetizer instead. The waiter came with a salad about 15 minutes later, not realizing that we had never received the appetizer. He quickly brought the appetizer, but we were both disappointed in how small both the mussels and clams were. The meal finally got back on track and the salad and entrees were delicious. All this took 2 hours, no dessert!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lauro's Neighborhood Italian
    LovestoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Lauro Ristorante Italiano is just like that Italian restaurant you grew up going to. Old school decor, table cloths, attentive servers and good food. Lots of choices including specials but heavy on the standards - which is just what you are looking for in this sort of Italian restaurant. Great place to linger and talk, have tried many items and haven't been disappointed yet. Lamb rack is fabulous ( I even picked mine up to get every last morsel off the bones)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very pleasant experience
    zgarsam
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    What a great find, although it has been here for decades. Could not say enough good things about our first experience here. Said the maitre d' and his staff treated us like family. The food was just great. I felt I was eating great Italian grandma food, in the best sense of the word. I had the polpettone di vitello, delicious. Everything was fresh, prepared and presented perfectly. What else can I say? We will definitely be back and bring friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was good. Service was good. Prompt and reservations were on time. Would return with others
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best Italian in tampa
    benwah
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was delicious. The service was as good as Berns Steakhouse. The portions were large. The waiter Joseph was enthusiastic..and entertaining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Lauro Ristorante Italiano is a gem of italian food in Tampa. I lived most of my life in Chicago know for good italian, and Lauro Ristorante stand up very well against those restaurants. I will frequent this place many times in the upcoming years.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • So good
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is the second time we have dined here and it was great both times. The service is great. Joe and Alex were so nice and really knew the menu. We had a group of 5, our 11 year old said it was the best spaghetti she had ever had. The fish was amazing and the ones that the Classic Italian loved it. You can't miss.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal
    AlwaysEnjoyFoodVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been to Lauro's many times. The service is fantastic. You can't go wrong ordering the Chicken Parmesan. They have great chef specials and the homemade noodles and sauce are always spot on. I really liked the homemade Cream of Portabella Soup - it was the best I've ever had. We've never had a bad meal here. It's a real gem and one we keep returning to with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Dining Experience
    Penny
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed lunch and conversation in a pleasant atmosphere with great food and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Italian in Tampa
    HooferVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I asked an friend of Italian descent what his favorite Italian restaurant was in Tampa and without hesitation he said, "Lauro." Although I never heard of it, I booked it for my wife and me for our date night. Although the atmosphere was dated, the restaurant at least made an effort to be classy, but the service took class to an all new level. Then the food came: lobster bisque is not to be missed and the arugula salad was remarkable. My wife got the angel hair pasta and crab dish that could have fed twice as many people and when my friend text me with a "Well?" message, I wrote back, "The best veal I have ever had in my life." We will, however, have to go back just for dessert because that's the only way that's happening! Awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will be back
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We enjoyed the food, servers were very nice and attentive. We ordered a great grouper that I will do again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    Kimmie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Recommend anything on the diverse menu but the specials were phenomenal. The veal stuffed ravioli was delicious. The chef will modify any dish according to taste. Relaxing experience with no rushing to turn tables over. The only improvement would be the service. We found we were continually waiting for our wine to be opened and poured. Seafood pasta had little seafood and had to point it out in order for additional seafood to be served after food was served. Great venue for special occasions. Will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was average and to be expected as priced. The waiter was WAY too friendly. Told stories and articles he read in the newspaper, family experiences, etc. Really was unappreciated.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 87 reviews are from the Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa reviews archive.
  • Pasta Heaven!
    Wmarvel
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    i love lauro's pasta dishes!! the cassarecche pontevechio is a favorite!!! and the soups are divine! there are only maybe one or two items on the whole menu we wouldn't try again, but with so many delicious choices it doesn't make a difference! the service is also wonderful and they always make us feel so welcome. this is a true neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great food, great service. A hidden gem that I'm glad we found!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Disappointed with service...never got all our food.....then had to take it home...will never go back
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    fit for foodies
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  • I had been there before
    diningout
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I remembered Lauro's very fondly from a previous experience. However, this time the food was good, not extraordinary. Service was still excellent....very individualized and caring. Prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem!
    Loveitalianfood
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    It wasn't too busy the day we went. Our waiter, Said, was knowledgeable and super courteous. One person in our party was visiting from Italy and he spoke with him in fluent italian! Our food was superb! You don't get more authentic than Lauro's... Our italian friend, a restaurant owner himself from Venice was very impressed with the excellent food and the service. He was dancing in his seat when he tried the Tiramisu, his favorite dessert. We had the honor of meeting Lauro himself but we could only steal him for a few minutes as he was, as he always is, working in the kitchen! What a treat to have discovered this wonderful restaurant. My only regret is not having discovered it earlier! Lauro's restaurant: where have you been all my life?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Kfamily4VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    If you are looking for a nice place to take your wife or friends, Lauro is the place. Service and did is outstanding and all servers are very pleasant. They add to the experience. Whether you are local or an out of Towner, find Lauro. It is not far from the airport or Amy of the Commerce centers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but service needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The service was good at first, then the waiter and his "help" decided that my wife and I, were not good enough to keep their attention once the family of 6 arrived near us, then we felt like second class citizens. The "main" waiter had help, but I guess they didn't know how to refill out water or ask if we wanted more wine, so we were left out to sit and watch this other tabled get served so well, and us just waiting, as a result we didn't want dessert after such service so asked for bill. Food was good and well priced, but service needs work. Will not be returning.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chance from Open Table reviews
    Pete
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I took a chance based on Open Table reviews. It was just great. We had a 6:15 pm reservation. it was not crowded but by 7 it was full. Joseph was our waiter and was fantastic. My wife and 13 yr old daughter cant wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Excellent Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Old school Italian food. Authentic. New Yorkers will love the treat
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful northern Italian
    Kimble
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Wonderful northern Italian food lovingly and consistently well prepared. Service is top drawer! Sayid (spelling?) is the most friendly head waiter and a talented old school bartender. Our favorite restaurant
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Northern Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The pasta was very fresh. I could tell that it was homemade. The clams were very good. My date loved her grouper. Joseph was an excellent waiter. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Thank you so much.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WHAT A TREAT
    JEFF
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    THIS WAS A MARVELOUS EXPERIENCE.....EVERY AREA WAS IN THE WOW AREA...THE TELAPIA CLEOPATRA WAS DELICIOUS AS WAS THE SPECIAL PASTA...THIS IS THE WAY REAL ITALIAN FOOD SHOULD BE....EVERY TIME WE GO HERE IT IS A REAL TREAT AND WE LEAVE SAYING WOW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Old Fashion Charm
    cstillwell
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    My husband and I wanted authentic Italian food and heard Lauro was good. We went on a week night so the restaurant wasn't busy. We selected the arugula salad which was good and I had the clams in white sauce and my husband had the eggplant parm. Both entree's were very good. We split the dessert. They have a full bar and a nice selection of wines.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Foodcoma
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    So good....our server Alex was awesome. They way he explained the dishes was so much fun. We tried a pasta dish , a chicken dish and a seafood dish and we were all extremely happy with our choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Treasure
    artlady11VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Love Lauro's. Alex, our waiter, is such an exceptional waiter. Friendly, courteous, professional. We always get our table for two in the back of the restaurant. We even had a lovely chat with the Proprietress who hails from the Amalfi Coast and talked about our upcoming trip to her beautiful country. Love their food -- and them.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a must when in Tampa.
    OhtrvlbugVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Every time that I am in Tampa I try to pay a visit to my favorite Italian restaurant. The food is spectacular, the servers delightful , and the ambiance is perfect for any special occasion. The specials change nightly and they are always happy to accomodate any request. Be sure to try their lamb and veal dishes as well as the gnochhi that is made fresh in house. This place is real Old World Italian!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised!
    Tones122000
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    As an Italian NYer from Brooklyn I am very critical of Italian restaurants. This Place was recommended by a friend. Appetizer, salad,entree,desert,drinks and expresso coffee were excellent. We had Joe as our server and he provided us the best service I received from a server in a long time. He was informative and entertaining. Will definately return .
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely authentic
    Luxdiner
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Lauro's reputation for quality, authentic Neopolitan cuisine did not disappoint! The calamari was crisp and so tasty. Great wines and great service! It was truly good food overall and a great experience. A+ and highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Foodie's Paradise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Wasn't able to find really good fine Italian dining in a setting that's comfortable and friendly until now. Service is First Class. Joseph, Alex, and Billy offer professional service you only find in VERY pricey places, plus they make one feel very special. I was surprised with a birthday party here last year and husband and I had no doubt about spending our anniversary there, recently. The food is made by the owner, fresh ingredients, special touches, not your average franchise fare, and it's DELICIOUS! I highly recommend Lauro's to anyone seeking a special dining experience! (P.S. If it's on the Special, don't miss the roasted artichoke and the lamb shank entrée with gnocchi!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my first time at
    Lam2047
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This was my first time at Lauro. The food was amazing and I was incredibly impressed with the service. I was waited upon by Alex and Billy and they were both attentive and personable. The service made the experience!
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  • Anither Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    We have been coming to Lauro's now for a number of years, but this was the first dinner, and it was a wonderful experience. Not only was the dinner terrific, but the personal attention given to us outstanding. Lauro's welcome and treat you like their best friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet