Excellent, well presented Italian cuisine

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What we say: 4 stars

High-end Italian cuisine is on offer at Mediterraneo, in a pleasingly airy building on Labuan Bajo's main drag, creatively built from various repurposed ship parts.

There's house-made pasta from an Italian-born chef on offer from 50,0000 rupiah, while thin-crust authentic pizzas are around 70,0000 to 80,000 rupiah. There's also steaks, fresh fish options (Western and Asian), some creative Indonesian food, and a variety of elegant-looking and chocolate-intensive desserts. Excellent bolognese sauce ladled over ravioli (58,000 rupiah) surprised for such an outpost, and a refreshing and very large organic rucola salad with parmesan cheese and tomato (38,000 rupiah) really hits the spot after days of less-than-fresh warung or dive boat cuisine. The chef even makes an effort at plating, a rather pleasant touch.

Mediterraneo is also a swell place for a sundowner cocktail overlooking Bajo Bay and the harbour, and there's fresh-squeezed juices on offer, as well as wine, mixed drinks, and the ubiquitous chilled bottles of Bintang. Big bean bags at the upper top of the restaurant and zippy free WiFi make this a popular e-mail check-in point, and a pretty good place to meet up with other travellers.

Contact details
Jl Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo
T: (0385) 42 218

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