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Tarantelli’s, Wilmington, NC

Tarantelli’s

4.6
4.6
2595 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Tarantelli’s is located on Second Street, just one block from Front Street and in walking distance to the Cape Fear River. The restaurant and event venue is located in the historic district of downtown Wilmington. This lively area spans 230-plus blocks and is home to some of the best bars, restaurants, churches, architecture, and selection of fine art. There are several parking facilities nearby, but you can also reach Tarantelli's year round via horse drawn trolley and carriage, river taxi, trolley cars, or on foot.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (910) 763-3806
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Zack Comis
  • Neighborhood
    Wilmington
  • Cross street
    Dock Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Entertainment
    The inspiration behind this restaurant was drawn from our grandfather, Anthony "Tony" Salvatore Tarantelli ("Papa") and our grandmother Mabel Tarantelli. Both Tony and Mabel believed that home cooked food brought family together. Our Papa's love for Italian food came from his father, Salvatore Tarantelli, who was born in the Abruzzo region of Italy in the province of L’Aquila. It is here that Tony began to appreciate Italian cuisine at its purest. Both Tony and Mabel were amazing cooks and deserve the credit for passing on many of our family recipes that we now have the pleasure and privilege to share with you.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,595 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Wilmington

    Good for business meals

  • Wilmington

    Good for groups

  • Wilmington

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Wilmington

    Good for special occasions

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

2,595 Reviews
  1. DonB

    Wilmington

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service Gabe gave us was awesome

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  2. Gertrude

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambience good. Service good.Prices for main courses a little high, but you have choices of salads and pizzas. I would recommend for a pleasant night out.

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  3. susanc

    Las Vegas

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gabriel did a fabulous job. I have been lucky enough to have him in the past. The halibut was out of this world, the wagyu steak melted in your mouth. Best Italian in Wilmington.

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  4. KurtB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had family visiting and it was the perfect place to cap off their visit, especially with the unique presentation of the spaghetti in the parmesan wheel. Impressed the actual chef in our family…

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  5. Ellen

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Tarantelli’s for a good old Italian meal and got exactly what we were looking for! Gabriel greeted us and was attentive throughout our meal despite having multiple tables to attend to. The food was delicious, especially the lemon pasta dish. Was happy that smaller portion sizes were available for some dishes as the regular portion size is HUGE. A definite go to for consistent service and food.

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  6. ScottR

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The last three time I have visited I have had reservations and have had to wait 15 to 20 minutes to be seated despite the reservation and there being ample open tables visible. Is the problem taking reservations or keeping reservations, to quote Seinfeld.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were amazing. Our server had great recommendations and an obvious knowledge of the menu (food and beverages). We will definitely be back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always go to Tarentelli’s for celebratory dinners. The food and the experience are outstanding every time!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hostess was most pleasant. Waiter was polite and patient with us. Wife’s meal was very good. My meal was not what I expected. Liquor and wines superb.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was great n service was awesome thank you

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  11. JimK

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We've been to Tarantelli's a number of times; the last time was mid-evening and it was noisier than this visit (5:30). The staff is outstanding, a 'well-oiled' machine as they say. One might also think of a beehive, very efficient, always staff movement in the dining room. We each enjoyed the appetizers and bread starters and as expected, our entrees. As soon as the water bottle has been emptied someone will stop by with a full one. Street parking can be a challenge esp when it's raining but there is an adjoining 'pay' lot where you note your numbered spot and go to the machine to pay with a CC or you can use an app like "Pay by Phone", easy peasy. Try it . . . you'll like it! 👍

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and great service! Always a go to and great recommendation for a special occasion or nice meal

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    we had a great time and an excellent selection of classic Italian dishes

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, fantastic service. The hostess was extremely friendly and helpful. But very expensive.

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  15. lbheels

    Charlotte

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night out for graduation weekend. The food was great and plenty of options, but not too many. The staff was super friendly and although it was busy, they did a good job. Definitely recommend for a casual night out or special event with family and friends.

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  16. DeeP

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    birthday dinner with four ladies sat outside. Wonderful food, service and atmosphere

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  17. PaulR

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place. We go there every year for birthdays.

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  18. davidk

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great server. Food was delicious. Must go and eat there.

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  19. Stillhungry

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This place is an absolute joke. Would be expensive even for fine dining and it's basically the olive garden in terms of food quality. Do not go here

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had a great experience. The vibes are great and so is the food! Our waiter was funny and attentive!

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  21. DaveP

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    First time last time. If you are going to eat $40 pasta, the meal/service and location better be worth it. This place is certainly not worth it. One of our two dinner meals was very good as the other meal did not meet $40 expectations. The service was fine, good waiter. The room we ate in felt like we were eating in a barn. Considering the door was left open and it was very muggy outside, eating $40 pasta breaking a sweat does not work. Lastly, management was trying to deal with a table of overly intoxicated people and instead of making them leave (one guy literally feel off his chair), they gave them a third chance). To make matters worse, after someone alleged to shut them off from alcohol, a waiter put more alcohol on the table. All businesses have to manage bad situations and this was final evidence that this place is poorly managed and is not worth $40 pasta.

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  22. JoshW

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    OMG, where do I start! One thing about me is I’m a big foodies! I will travel the world just for food! The service was A1!! Long story short I got a little cold outside and my server Tyler heard me when I told my wife that I didn’t have my jacket in the car. This gentleman LITERALLY gave me the shirt off his back so that I could stay warm! He handed me his long sleeve hockey jersey so that I could eat comfortably! That alone blew my mind!! On top of that the food was out of this world!! Honestly the BEST Italian restaurant I’ve ever been to PERIOD! This was the best restaurant that we went to during our 4 day trip to Wilmington! This was so good that we have decided that we must make another trip just because of their food! I almost chose another local Italian restaurant however I was told that if I want to go for the view then to choose the other, however if I want to go for the food then this is where I want to be! That some sold me! I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone and I would HIGHLY recommend adding for Tyler if he’s available! I will gladly travel from Charleston, SC just for guys service at this restaurant!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, Gavin did a great job and is a true asset to the business.

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  24. RayL

    Naples

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the bucatini and Lucy is a wonderful waitress.

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  25. DavidS

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It’s been over three years since we last dined here and although saltimbocca no longer seems to be on the menu, everything we did have was delicious. Highly recommend the wagyu bruschetta appetizers. We each had the scallop risotto main dish which was actually large enough to share since we made a meal of leftovers the next day. Great food and excellent service! We’ll certainly return the next time we’re in Wilmington.

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  26. Cris

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, food excellent service! Loved this Italian American gem

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  27. susanD

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Michael was great in describing the specials.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very Authentic food! Wyagu appetizer is amazing. Everything on the menu has been a hit for us and this was our second visit. We will definitely be back again!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service…highly recommend this restaurant.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible first time experience , after making reservations we were sat in the bar area which I have never had happen at a restaurant of this caliber and that should be disclosed when making the reservation. Then we were sat at a table that was off balance and rocking which they ended up fixing. Drinks were not the greatest, mojitos were good but ordered an old fashion and it was served with chunks of sugar at the bottom which and served with ice not a standard large cube for an old fashion (just expected better). Now onto the good news, as all of this was none of our servers fault he was great, did a good job with recommendations and did a great job explaining the cheese wheel dinner while making it for us. The pasta and sauce was very good and meatballs were fresh (just smal). Overall experience (especially because it was our anniversary) was bad but food was good!

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  31. BillS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I had dinner there on a Thursday evening. Our food was very good. My MR steak was overcooked a bit but nothing to complain about. Portion size was excellent and my meal as well as my wife's could have been shared easily between us. Overall a great restaurant that we will visit again.

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  32. JennaS

    Wilmington

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been to Tarantellis many times and it’s always amazing. I’ve dreamt about the Chicken Parm. But, wait….move over Chicken Parm! Last night I discovered Tarantellis has the BEST filet mignon in Wilmington, hands down. In fact, it rivaled steaks I’ve eaten at fine steakhouses across the country. Perfectly prepared medium with a bit of char to the crust and it melts in your mouth. It’s rich and delicious topped with mushrooms and a side of asparagus. I accompanied mine with pasta topped with a lemon cream sauce. My party’s dishes were highly enjoyed -a pasta special and the Lasagne but I especially needed to gush about this steak!

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  33. ShannonR

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was treated like royalty at Tarentelli’s! My waiter Gavin was amazing!! Best service I have had in a while! Everything was homemade, piping hot and cooked to perfection. I recommend the Caesar salad! The blueberry mojito was refreshing and so delicious. Bread was soft and melted in my mouth. Pricey though! Alittle pricey but totally worth it, as the portion size makes up for it. I just had to set the record straight after seeing a disturbing Facebook review. My experience was nothing but pleasurable so you. An believe everything you read. Sometimes you just have to try places out for yourself! Thanks Tarantelli’s for such a wonderful dinner! But as it was packed on a Wednesday night, I recommend making reservations.

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  34. SaratogaJT

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food was good and our waiter was excellent, however the hostess was disagreeable. We asked for a table change because one of our party (of three) has hearing issues and the table of eight seated next to us were boisterous. We were denied both a booth, as well as a table. She stated the precise tables were reserved (?). None of our party was aware that we had the capability to reserve a precise table! One party, also of three, came in approximately thirty minutes after we did and the several tables for four were never filled. It was not an enjoyable experience.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was excellent and service was outstanding. Definitely among the best Italian restaurants in Wilmington.

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  36. JeffB

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tarantelli's is situated in quiet spot in busy downtown Wilmington. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the resemblance to dining in Italy. The service was great but the food was OUTSTANDING and larger portions that expected. Dinner was well paced so we could enjoy some wine first. The best treat was getting to enjoy the delicious leftovers the next day.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best place for a filet and pasta. I have such a hard time deciding what I’m going to eat. I go to Wilmington at least once a month and I have to dine here and have Emily as my server! Emily is the best! Jason makes everyone feel so welcome always. It’s the best around!

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  38. EveretR

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a delicious strawberry mojito and eggplant parmigiana. I think being seated next to the kitchen should be the last option not the very first!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always go to Tarantelli’s later at night and always have a great experience! Food is always so good and the service is perfect. Our waiter was super nice and helpful.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, restaurant was beautiful & our server, Gavin, was TERRIFIC! We will definitely return!!!

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FAQs

Tarantelli’s offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (910) 763-3806.

Tarantelli’s is rated 4.6 stars by 2595 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tarantelli’s

102 S 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Dock Street
  • Neighborhood
    Wilmington
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Zack Comis
  • Entertainment
    The inspiration behind this restaurant was drawn from our grandfather, Anthony "Tony" Salvatore Tarantelli ("Papa") and our grandmother Mabel Tarantelli. Both Tony and Mabel believed that home cooked food brought family together. Our Papa's love for Italian food came from his father, Salvatore Tarantelli, who was born in the Abruzzo region of Italy in the province of L’Aquila. It is here that Tony began to appreciate Italian cuisine at its purest. Both Tony and Mabel were amazing cooks and deserve the credit for passing on many of our family recipes that we now have the pleasure and privilege to share with you.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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