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Laurea, Princeton, NJ

Laurea

4.3
4.3
110 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Laurea in Princeton, just outside the gates of the prestigious university, features exceptional food, an eclectic and fresh mix of spirits and wine, polishes service, and a market leading dining and lounge experience.
Laurea offers contemporary Italian cuisine, focusing on the tastes and techniques passed down for generations in Italian families the world over. The blending of traditional and contemporary are on full display for a unique and desirable selection of food and drink.
Laurea operates with the philosophy of selecting the freshest, local ingredients and treating them with the utmost respect and care. The spirit of the cuisine is rooted on simple, traditional Italian cuisine presented in an innovative way. We are committed to Laurea becoming the preferred dining choice for our hotel guests and residents of Princeton alike.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (609) 734-4226
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Christopher Tavares
  • Private party facilities
    2 private dining rooms available.
  • Private party contact
    Alan Cagle: (609) 734-4069
  • Neighbourhood
    Princeton
  • Cross Street
    Alexander Road and Route 1
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Entertainment
    Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club and Dinner show.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    US$89.00 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    Celebrate the wonderful mothers in your life with an exquisite Mother’s Day brunch at Laurea, nestled within the elegant confines of Hyatt Regency Princeton. Indulge in a delectable spread crafted with love and care, featuring an array of culinary delights sure to tantalize your taste buds. From savory dishes to sweet treats, our menu is curated to make this Mother’s Day a truly unforgettable experience. Reserve your table today to ensure a memorable celebration with your cherished mother figures. We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones for a delightful brunch affair at Laurea. Please visit our website at www.laureaprinceton.com for menus, pictures and more information about upcoming events and offerings at Laurea!
    Mother's Day Brunch photo

What 110 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Mercer

    Great for brunch

  • Mercer

    Good for business meals

  • Mercer

    Child-Friendly

  • Mercer

    Good for groups

110 Reviews
  1. MyTake

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Laurea at the Hyatt Princeton is lovely. We went for Easter brunch. The presentation was wonderful and the restaurant itself is pretty. The food, not so much. It was average at best. The presentation in the dessert room was awesome. Our server, Christine was wonderful and very attentive. Thank you Christine!

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  2. Rachel

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner...steaks were great and salmon was amazing. Out waitress Kylie was wonderful and service was perfect. Will definitely go here again.

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  3. AnthonyC

    New Jersey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a beautiful and delicious night here! Our waitress Erin was so sweet and attentive. We really enjoyed every aspect of our meal, from the drinks to the appetizers to the meal and dessert. Nice atmosphere, great service and all around a nice night.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Not a great experience for me. I felt like being at the airport. Food was average.

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  5. DKoll

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s a nice restaurant. There is a good selection. We were not very hungry so it was a burger and fries for me and an appetizer for my better half. The fries were old and reheated. Bottom of the bag. The burger was good. The Buffalo Mozzarella was good too. I should have ordered a salad instead of the fries.

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  6. MichelleM

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Host John and Server Erica were OUTSTANDING! They were both attentive and provided excellent service.

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  7. Blizzard

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I recently had the unfortunate experience of celebrating Valentine's dinner at Laurea, and the evening was nothing short of a culinary disaster. For the hefty price tag of $200 for two people, the meal was a far cry from the romantic and delightful experience we had hoped for. 1. **Stale and Lifeless Pastas:** The pasta dishes at Laurea were a major letdown. Each bite felt like a journey into disappointment as the pastas were served cold and dry, reminiscent of leftovers that had lost their appeal hours ago. 2. **Misleading Vegetarian Options:** Despite inquiring about vegetarian options and being assured of plenty by our waitress, the reality was quite the opposite. The actual selection of vegetarian dishes was disappointingly limited, leaving us with few choices and a sense of false advertising. 3. **Cold and Soggy Pizzas:** The pizza situation was equally disheartening. Instead of having fresh slices available, Laurea opted to replace the pizzas only after the entire pie was devoured. This resulted in cold, soggy slices that failed to capture the essence of authentic Italian cuisine. 4. **Dessert Dilemma:** The dessert selection at Laurea left much to be desired. With minimal variety, the lackluster options failed to provide the sweet and satisfying conclusion one expects from a fine dining establishment. 5. **Fruitless Experience:** Surprisingly for an Italian restaurant, Laurea lacked any presence of fruits on its menu. This absence only added to the monotony of the meal and raised questions about the authenticity of the dining experience. 6. **Flat Champagne, Cheap Sensation:** To top it all off, the complimentary champagne lacked any fizz, resembling a cheap supermarket find rather than a thoughtful addition to a special Valentine's dinner. It was a disappointing touch that failed to enhance the overall dining experience. In summary, Laurea fell far short of its reputation and the pri

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  8. IonaH

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. Our tradition is to go out for a “fancy” breakfast on Valentines Day. This year we chose Laurel, and it did not disappoint. And our server was so lovely and charming.

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  9. AudreyS

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a birthday celebration for our fifteen year old and everyone had an enjoyable evening. Christine was our waitress and she explained the menu and special s and was very kind and attentive.

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  10. Rory

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A relaxing atmosphere combined with tasty food and friendly service made it a great night.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Mater Dei John was exceptionally helpful and very friendly. Thank you John for seating us near the water falls (LOL). And thank you John for using your contact list to “find a guy” to deliver mulch to my house. (LOL). The recommendations from the server Sabrina were spot on. I never thought that a “hotel restaurant” could be so great, but this certainly was. We will plan to return soon, hoping that John will be working again that night.

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  12. MichaelS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, varied menu with something for everyone. Quality food, great cocktails. First time visit, will go again.

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  13. RoseLouiseG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent! Not a big choice, but something for everyone.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    John the host was so welcoming - very unexpected for a hotel restaurant. Food was delicious and one of better meals in Princeton.

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  15. RobertW

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food. Erin the waitress was great. Other help not so.

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  16. ClaudianaT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice evening with great food in a nice atmosphere

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  17. Tbart

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the trout which first arrived very over cooked. We did receive a second order and it was delicious. The shaved Brussels sprouts salad was bright, tasty and they split it for us. Our server was very good, attentive without hovering clear plates. Overall, a lovely evening…we will come again.

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  18. Marlene

    Atlantic City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food. It was nicely done. I loved the shrimp scampi and calamari!

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  19. SamP

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited menu… we were not made aware prior. Food was ok.

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  20. JQQJ

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, lobster tail was subpar..........................................

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  21. JeromeW

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Erin was a great waitress .She was a pleasure to have she is a very good people person. She made us feel so warm and at home.

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  22. BobbyC

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Unfortunately, I have to express regret for visiting this "Restaurant" I made Dinner Reservations for myself and Family (Wife and 3 year old Son). We arrived on time and were totally ignored by the "Staff." There wasn't a host present at the podium (waiting area) to seat us. My Wife and I were standing for about (10) mins but felt like forever because there was staff walking back and forth but No one ever acknowledged us. There was even some staff standing around having conversations who saw us but did not assist. The Restaurant had very few customers seated and it didn't seem busy at all. My Wife started to notice we were being ignored which made me feel really bad. Other customers who were already seated also noticed, which made it embarrassing. Eventually, someone finally came to us and greeted us. This person asked if we had a Reservation and I confirmed we did. However, this person couldn't seem to find it. Someone else, also came over without acknowledging my family and began to converse with the first person about what appeared to be some confusion about our Reservation??? My Wife and I, still standing there the entire time with our 3 year old child awaiting to be seated also began to get confused. Finally, my Wife had enough and decided we were no longer going to eat there. She felt embarrassed and I couldn't blame her. Ultimately, we decided to go elsewhere to eat but not before our 3 year old son began to cry because he realized we were leaving and he was hungry and ready to eat. It made me feel really bad because my wife and young son had to experience that. I hope No other family has to experience that. Please Do Better.

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  23. JohnnyBohica

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    John the maître d more than made up the fact that Happy Hour menu was conveniently deleted from the website just in time for Friday. Food was very good.

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  24. SanjeevV

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recommend the pizza -- Shrimp Fra Diavolo was great. Halibut with crab also hit the spot.

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  25. JeyaramanS

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a limited menu. Even in the limited menu few items weren’t there. Host was waiting for us to leave soon. Food very mediocre for the price. Please close the restaurant if you do not want to operate on holiday season. No one is going to starve, they will find better food elsewhere

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  26. JScott

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service by our server and the food was delicious and hot! We will be back.

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  27. Benson

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food. Was pleasantly surprised with the experience.

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  28. Kimko

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the time I walked into the restaurant I was greeted and waited on with impeccable service. Our server Michelle took care of everyone’s requests and double checked the GF food options as well! Steaks were cooked perfectly and everything else we ordered was delicious! This is located inside the Hyatt on rt1 in Princeton

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  29. sleepyhedgehog

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is the first time we have dined at Laurea and it won’t be the last. Excellent appetizers and entrees— everything our party of 3 ordered was delicious. The staff are very attentive and solicitous, and they were informative about the ingredients in the menu selections. Decent winelist, too.

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  30. NickK

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good as well as the ambiance. The restaurant was quiet despite having a bar area. It was an all around great place to dine.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The pizza was surprisingly delicious. Shared it as appetizer. The mains were very good but a little heavy for my taste. Service was excellent. Overall I was pleasantly impressed.

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  32. debm

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious dinner at Laurea. It was welcoming, the service was good, the food was tasty, and it was quiet and relaxing. It is the perfect restaurant to go to when you want to actually carry on a conversation with your group.

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  33. PNLD

    New York City

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! Was t expecting much from a hotel restaurant it this place blew me away. The offerings were versified and the port quite generous. The service was also outstanding.

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  34. Joseph4422

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding. Pork chop was flavorful & done to my desire. My wife ordered the Brussel sprout salad with salmon & it was off the charts.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and great service. Thank you John for arranging private room. We had a great time.

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  36. Patrick

    Naples

    256 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    256 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were very early (before 5) and had the place to ourselves. The host and our waiter were very pleasant and professional. The drinks were superb and the grilled trout with lentils was sensational.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb experience. Unusually friendly and professional service, lovely ambience, and excellent food. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Our server Kylie was superb!

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  38. Breanna

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Christina was fast, helpful and excellent. My mother enjoyed her birthday at this restaurant. I would give this place 100 stars if I could.

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  39. TimB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. Service a bit slow. But the quality seemed above what we expected at a restaurant attached to a hotel.

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  40. Jack

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Creative, interesting setting. Wat too noisy to come again. Food ok, not worth a special drive to get there

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FAQs

Laurea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 734-4226.

Laurea is rated 4.3 stars by 110 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 p.m.


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Laurea

102 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 08540-6200

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Alexander Road and Route 1
  • Neighbourhood
    Princeton
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Christopher Tavares
  • Entertainment
    Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club and Dinner show.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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