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Scusa Italian Ristorante, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Scusa Italian Ristorante, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Scusa Italian Ristorante, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Scusa Italian Ristorante, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Scusa Italian Ristorante, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Scusa Italian Ristorante

4.6
4.6
2983 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
100 of the Best Seats in Town."
~ Creative Traditional Italian & Fresh Seafood Daily ~ Upscale, Lively Atmosphere ~ Extensive Menu & Wine List ~For over 20 years, Scusa has remained the perennial favorite of locals and tourists alike. Featuring traditional and creative pasta dishes, from simple Cappellini with fresh Basil and Tomato to Seafood Fettuccine Scusa in a light tomato-red wine sauce. Scusa is rumored to serve the best Linguine & Clams you'll ever have. Let's not forget the variety of Veal and Chicken dishes, and the Scusa Bread is a must! With appetizers from crispy Calamari to the House Specialty Lobster Raviolis in light Basil-Tomato Cream any choice is a good one. If you only have room to split a desert try the Amaretto Bread Pudding or the delicious Cannolis.Scusa has one of the most romantic outdoor patios in Lake Tahoe, complete with fountain & garden. If you're looking for great food, with warm atmosphere and service, you are sure to enjoy!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (530) 542-0100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Semi-private room for up to 20 guests.
  • Neighborhood
    South Shore
  • Cross street
    Hwy 50/Lake Tahoe Blvd.
  • Parking details
    Large private parking lot in front of the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,983 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Best Value

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Overall

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Food

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Service

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Value

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Good for groups

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Healthy

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Neighborhood gem

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Great for fine wines

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Good for special occasions

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

2,983 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic food and service. Highly recommend!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, nice atmosphere inside of the dining room. Very reasonably priced.

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  3. 2delriotexans

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a “must go” if you’re in So.Tahoe and worth the drive if not. All dishes and appetizers for our group of six were excellent! Sea Scallop Mediterranean pasta, Shrimp scampi, Lobster ravioli starter is ‘to die for!’ Roasted garlic and focaccia bread also great. ‘Special’ Pork Shank Osso Bucco was 5 stars. You will not be disappointed. Our server Zach was very attentive and timely—great job!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was very nice but the food was bland, luke warm and just not tasty.

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  5. SandyR

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cozy italian restaurant! great roasted garlic with crostini appetizer; eggplant parmigiana came with pasta and 3 sauces - pesto, alfredo, and tomato - fabulous! great value, fabulous food!

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  6. MiketheVike

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is very good and priced accordingly. Calamari steak is excellent. Very professional waiters, great service. Good ambience and decor.

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  7. Kat711

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scusa Italian Ristorante never disappoints. It’s one of our go-to restaurants close to home. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. Gabriel, our server, was excellent, as were all who were helping with our service. And the food was delicious. We’ll be back again and again.

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  8. LeilaniF

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Scusa was excellent. I really enjoyed my eggplant Parmesan and the lobster ravioli. Whenever we’re in Tahoe, we make sure that we stop here for dinner. It has been very consistent with all the different entrées that we ordered very scrumptious. 

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  9. StevenS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the service was top notch! I would strongly recommend this restaurant

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  10. ElJeffe

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Scusa’s is a South Lake Tahoe tradition. Ambiance is cozy old school Italian. Service excellent and the food…perfectly done no matter what we’ve ordered-Schrimp, veal, salmon—but the lasagna is to die for. The consistent excellence is why we’ve been back 25+ times over the past decade.

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  11. JRII

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Highly recommended while in South Lake Tahoe.

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  12. DanetteC

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent selection of items that are not available at other Italian restaurants.

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  13. Lisa

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gabriel was amazing waiter. He remember us from our last visit. Were locals and we love this restaurant one of the best home recipes no franchise The people are amazing. People are amazing there.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful Valentines evening. Everything was very efficient and organized for the high volume evening. The food tasted great. All 4 of us enjoyed our dishes.

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  15. MargieT

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a wonderful experience here, I tried a new dish and wasn't disappointed. We'll be back for sure as often as we can.

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  16. MichaelM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Valentines Dinner ! Scallops Mediterranean and Shrimp Scampi! Excellent

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  17. KaseyM

    Tahoe

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite go to places. We had a party of 12, on Valentine’s Day. Zach was our server, and he was amazing. We all had different dishes and everyone loved them. My favorite dish here is the chicken marsala, hubby had the New York, several people had different kinds of seafood. The menu offers a wide variety, so there is something for everyone. I wish I snapped pictures but I didn’t because we were busy visiting. Great job to the staff and cooks.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service . Great atmosphere cleanliness

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  19. RussellG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant experience as this was my first time at Scusa. Food was very good service was also very good and we will go more often

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  20. SocialGirl

    Tahoe

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great dinner. Celebrated my daughter’s birthday and it was nice for them to bring her a birthday dessert. Great food and service.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Nice restaurant for a nice meal after a long day on the mountain.

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  22. Jacklyn

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always! We make dinner reservations for Scusas everytime we visit South Lake Tahoe.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and the food was delicious. This has become a family favorite.❤️

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  24. 184everjung

    Sacramento

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We have dined at Scusa's a number of times and the last two times that include this one, the service has definitely fallen short of expectations. I don't know what it is, but our servers have shown little to no personality and act like it is an inconvenience to take our order and follow-up. No smiles, no glad you are here tonight, no nothing. We are not by any means high maintenance or demanding diners AND we always tip very well. The lobster raviolis are amazing and a very rich tasting dish. The 9 piece is definitely a shareable quantity and the sauce is great for bread dipping. We upgraded our garlic bread to the one with cheese, etc. It was a bit cold and looked like it had been sitting in the kitchen for a while; not made to order. The salad with the baby shrimp is good but could have a bit more shrimp. Maybe next time I will ask for more shrimp as an add on. Just a heads up, parking is also a bit tight. We will return hoping that maybe the next time the service improves. If not, then we will be looking for another Italian restaurant in SLT since Capisce is no longer a viable option. We certainly do not want Scusa's to close their doors too.

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  25. Deppy

    Tahoe

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The clams and linguini is the best as well as the calamari. Scusa is always one of our go to restaurants when we visit South Lake.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Tahoe! Food is always amazing. From appetizers to main course to desserts. Been eating here for over 20 years. Our favorite Scusa bread, lobster raviolis and seafood fettuccine with Scusa sauce. Can’t beat the service either!

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  27. AnatolKir

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The worst food I've ever eaten. Their calamari came with shrimp cocktail sauce, just as an example. It isn't worth taking the time to list all the things horrible about the place. It was just awful. There's no other word for it.

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  28. StephenS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    First of all the restaurant has no bar so if you show up early for a drink not happening thought was very odd for a restaurant of this size. So in the first 20 minutes we had water on the table and that was it. We ordered appetizer and wine about 15 minutes after sitting down( took waiter that long to come to table) appetizer came about 15 minutes after that at which time waiter told us they were out of bottle we wanted. We quickly ordered another which took another 10 minutes to arrive. So do the math roughly 40-45 minutes before we have a sip of wine. Had to ask for bread. We ordered dinner when wine arrived ( first opportunity). Dinner arrived in a decent amount of time. As we begin to eat our entrees a spider runs across the table. When I informed the waiter he replied “oh yeah that happens we r right next to the woods”. Dessert was fine. Wine was 65$ for bottle. Total tab with tip was 209$. We split escargot, I had lasagna my wife had veal piccata. We split cannoli for desert. I would not recommend this place. Try primos down the street instead.

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  29. YiaYia

    Tallahassee

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing dinner from start to finish! Loved the kale salad, the eggplant stack and the spinach fettuccine Mediterranean! Very generous portions, great service, overall lovely experience!

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  30. Stanzi

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Hostess went out of her way to see that our party of 10 all sat together which really impressed me. Especially because it was a Saturday Night in a resort community. The waiter, Ian, and his assistants were very professional and thorough through out the evening. The food was great and some of the best Italian I've had since Mother Italy.

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  31. ylvas

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated right away and ordered the veal scallopini and chicken linguini and peppers with the special Scusa red sauce and it was excellent! !

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  32. BSW2015

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a lovely and delicious evening! The lobster raviolis are sooooooo good! We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine, wonderful pasta dishes and even had the brownie for dessert—yum! Our waiter Zac was awesome. We will be back here for dinner many times.

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  33. JessicaE

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! The service was great. It’s truly a hidden gem.

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  34. DiningWithFamily

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We started with the lobster ravioli appetizer special. It was delicious! Then split the Italian Blue Cheese salad- also very good. I really enjoyed my chicken piccata. It was cooked perfectly and the sauce had a strong lemon flavor, the way I like it. Vegetable side was cooked perfectly (with just a little crunch, but not too much). He had the veal saltimbocca, which he enjoyed but said the rosemary in the sauce was a bit too strong for his preference. We were too full to try dessert. Service was excellent. We were there early on a Friday evening. I’m glad we tried this place and will gladly go back next time we are in town. It rivals all the Italian options near me in the Bay Area with friendlier staff and a better value. Thank you Scusa for a lovely dinner!

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  35. ChrisT

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to Scusa's because it was our daughter's birthday and that was her choice. We were seated right away. Elliot was our waiter but another server came by our table almost immediately to bring water and offer either the house bread or another option of bread. Our food came in a timely manner and each of us ordered something different. We all agreed the food was fantastic (as usual).

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Dreadful. Not sure why this restaurant is so highly rated. It's a nice building with ok atmosphere. We were Sat at a table under a flickering light that did not take long to give me a headache. Service was ok. We ordered quickly. The bread they served tasted funny. Old flour? We'd eaten about half the bread when the busser randomly took our bread plates away. I ordered saltimbocca. It was drenched in so much garlic, sage and sorrel it tasted like soap. I ate it after scraping off as much of the herbs as possible. My partner ordered salmon in lemon caper sauce. It was so sour it was impossible to eat. We sent it back and they did credit our bill. I used to cook professionally and know what things should taste like and this was a disappointment.

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  37. ChristineS

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! It had a good meal and enjoyed our night. Recommend

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner 👍 Best part was that my daughter enjoyed her meal

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Scusa and as usual it did not disappoint. Our waiter was spot on with everything and the food was amazing as usual.

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  40. Arnold

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Calamari steak was amazing! Everything delicious - crowded on a holiday weekend and a bit chilly close to the door - but the food and service made that a very minor inconvenience Can to wait to come again

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FAQs

Scusa Italian Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 542-0100.

Scusa Italian Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 2983 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 Scusa Italian Ristorante

2543 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hwy 50/Lake Tahoe Blvd.
  • Neighborhood
    South Shore
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Large private parking lot in front of the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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