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    by pugwashman Written Jun 1, 2011

    This restaurant is not posh, but it doesn't try to be.
    The food is delicious, it is popular, it is great value for money, it does great business from ex-pats and Spanish alike.
    It's a fun place to go and spend the evening.
    The restaurant is run by Marcello and his wife Sonia, authentic Italians in the middle of Orba.
    It specializes in pizzas and pasta dishes, but also does meat and fish.
    The pizzas are approx. 6 euros each, and pasta dishes about 8 euros.
    There is a large patio area at the back, and it is also next to the local Swimming Pool, hence the piscina in the name.
    The drinks are cheap too, 4 euros for a bottle of wine.
    Marcello also used to be a champion pizza thrower, and he'd put on a bit of a show each night, but last year he broke a leg and I haven't seen him do it since so not sure if that's curtailed that particular activity.
    The food is still delicious though so well worth a visit for a great night out and good value for money.
    Also does great takeaways and delivers locally too.

    Favorite Dish: The Lasagne is superb.
    So is the seafood pasta, and the pasta and clams.
    The spicey mussells starter is a definite winner.
    The pizzas are also delicious, especially the tuna one.

    They even do a chocolate and ice-cream pizza .... if that floats your boat !

    The Bacon pizza, E6.50 Restaurante Pizzeria Orba The Del Terreno pizza, E7.00 Marcello tossing his pizza
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    by pugwashman Written Jun 1, 2011

    Not a fancy joint, just a good honest restaurant in the centre of Orba town.
    They have a bar area where you can have tapas, or a more formal restaurant area where you can have the menu del dia, which changes depending upon the day of the week.
    They also have a more extensive menu should you not find anything you like on the menu del dia.
    You get a small tapas to start, then bread & alioli, then a starter (typically salad/soup/rice dish), then the main course (typically BBQ ribs, Squid, Hake, Lasagne, Chicken, Stew), then dessert, and a half bottle of wine or beer, all for 9 euros.
    Excellent value for money, and the staff are always cheery.

    Also a good spot for sitting outside and having a beer in the square when it's nice and hot.
    It becomes the place to be whenever there's a fiesta or special occasion on, ie: we sat outside watching Spain win the World Cup and they gave everyone Cava afterwards.

    Favorite Dish: The BBQ ribs, part of the menu del dia on a Friday, but available any day of the week from the main menu.

    Also had a wonderful stew there once called puchero, which is a local delicacy.
    Basically it's a soup with rice and vegetables and chick peas etc in it, and then you get various cuts of meat to eat with it served on an enormous plate.
    We though it was just the soup and had nearly finished that when the plate of meat turned up. Traditionally it was cooked to use up any left overs.
    More likely to be on the menu del dia out of season, but worth looking out for.
    You certainly wouldn't need to eat anything else for the rest of the day after that !

    La Placa Restaurant, Orba
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    by pugwashman Written Jun 1, 2011

    A homely little restaurant. It looks like someone's villa from the outside, but the host Fernando, and his Colombian wife Rubi who runs the kitchen, always make us feel welcome. There is always a nice selection of courses on the menu del dia, or a more extensive choice from the a la carte menu.
    We've had plenty of meals there, and I can honestly say we've never had a bad one.
    Not only is the food delicious, but the presentation of it is superb.
    Rubi seems to really take pride in every dish she sends out of the kitchen.

    It's probably nicer in the summer when you can sit in the patio garden out the back in the shadow of the mountains, but in winter when it's indoors you feel like you've popped round a friends for dinner.
    A unique dining experience in the area and well worth a visit.

    Favorite Dish: The banana and peach pudding alone makes it worth the visit ... it is wonderful !!!
    Have had lovely pork loin, steak, lamb, enchilladas etc. etc.

    The menu del dia includes a starter, main course, pudding & bread roll & alioli, for approx. 9 euros.
    Excellent value.

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  • Jul 9, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    La Placa Bar, Orba

    We have stayed at the Placa Bar in Orba for a few years now and our
    experience has always been excellent. Very congenial host, comfortable rooms, right in the centre of Orba where everything is happening, breakfast in the square is just lovely. Nothing is too much trouble, would certainly recommend. Stewart & Victoria

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