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Il Cucchiaio di Legno

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Via Prisciola, 10 - Frazione Legro, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
0322 905280
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Highlight of our visit to the Italian Lakes Region

We visited for a Sunday evening dinner. We enjoyed a family-style meal of: pork salami with fezzetto & cantaloupe melon, salmon cured in cognac with tomatoes on toast, risotto with local mushrooms, pasta ragù bolognese, the main house, lambs' ear salad, chicken with pancetta, beef carpaccio with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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English first
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We visited for a Sunday evening dinner. We enjoyed a family-style meal of: pork salami with fezzetto & cantaloupe melon, salmon cured in cognac with tomatoes on toast, risotto with local mushrooms, pasta ragù bolognese, the main house, lambs' ear salad, chicken with pancetta, beef carpaccio with celery, and hazelnuts & almonds in merengue all with little cookies with raspberry... More 

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CARDIFF, WALES
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had dinner twice at the restaurant when staying at the nearby hotel. Once was the half board option, 3 courses for €20 and once the 6 course dinner option at €26. Both meals were truly excellent, friendly and helpful service and brilliant value local wines from €12. Most of the food is local, organic but most of all delicious.... More 

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Gibraltar
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Took a taxi from Orta San Guilo as had heard restaurant was not to be missed. Restaurant has a weekly changing set menu & just as well we booked as it was full mostly with local Italians. Ludovicha, our English speaking waitress really took care of us explaining each course as it arrived. There were several antipasti appetizers including locally... More 

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Varese, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The staff are very helpful and explain the provenance of the menu. The experience was well worth the 25euro price.

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Family style in a comfortable setting. The staff was most friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent and plentiful. An excellent value--would highly recommend.

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Grafton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This restaurant, within easy driving distance of Orta san Giulio, was excellent. The service was great and the variety of dishes on the set menu was really good. We were able to sample local specialities like the chestnut gnocchi which we would not have otherwise known about. The staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Overall, this was a fantastic... More 

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We stayed in the hotel (the restaurant and the hotel are part of the same complex) and since it was our first night in Italy, and we reckoned that we would be tired after the flight and the drive, we decided to order the half board option. Boy, we made the right choice. The half board option costs 19EUR per... More 

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Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We visited the restaurant three times in 10 days, walking the 30 - 40 mins each way with our two daughters aged 2 and 6. The food was fantastic and great value. The wines similarly were delightful and again, great value. It's not fine dining, but wonderful cooking of local/home-produced ingredients, in hearty portions and for an incredibly reasonable price.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is like dining with an Italian family so if you are after glitz and glamour it's not for you. I was a bit dubious as was told the price per head and was expecting a poor meal but this is the best value for money anywhere. All home grown food, you don't get a choice, everyone gets the same... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

Like other reviews indicated, a farm to table restaurant where the 5-6 course meal - a fixed one-menu meal - is around 25 Euros without wine. That is a great price, and everything is quite fresh and tasty. What one should not expect is anything special, neither in ingredients nor in taste - it is home style cooking, comfort food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Prisciola, 10 - Frazione Legro, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Piedmont  >  Province of Novara  >  Orta San Giulio
  • Phone Number: 0322 905280

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  • Cuisine: Italian

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