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“A great meal to remember!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cavallini il Ristorante

Cavallini il Ristorante
101 du Moulin, Magog, Quebec J1X 4A1, Canada
819.847.2798
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Ranked #45 of 100 Restaurants in Magog
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Montreal, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A great meal to remember!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

On a visit to Magog with another couple, we planned to have dinner at Cavallini Restaurant where our friends had already gone before. We were well greeted and were offered the choice to either be seated indoors or outdoors. It was a perfect day to sit outside and enjoy the great view of the lake and the mountain. The atmosphere of the restaurant immediately plunged us into memories of Italy. It is elegant and at the same time relaxed. The servers are very professional and knowledgeable of the menu and they were prepared with several suggestions to make our dining a wonderful experience. We started with a mixed antipasto platter of cured meats including proscuitto, speck and bresaola, accompanied by a very imaginative salad that included buffalo mozzarella. And to please us they added some calamari that were very tender, light and crispy . Our main courses consisted of pasta dishes. The ladies enjoyed a plate of two types of pasta which included homemade pappardelle with organic wild mushrooms and linguine with asparagus and a citrus sauce. The men had an incredible linguine with seafood plate prepared "in cartoccio" (in a packet). It was as delicious as it was unique. We also shared a plate of their homemade gnocchi with a velvety gorgonzola white sauce. They were like pillows that melted in our mouths. The dessert also surpassed our expectations. With the choice of several exquisite desserts, our waiter suggested we have a mixed dessert platter that we could share. We had a mousse-like tiramisu, mascarpone cheese cake, chocolate soufflé, and creme brulé.
It was a real treat and a wonderful finish to a great meal. I recommend you take the time to speak with your server and express what you're in the mood of eating. I would not hesitate to suggest Cavallini to my friends. The pictures I added say more than words can express.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Just plain awful”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

My husband and i are avid restaurant goers...we were looking forward to this "refined" Italian experience....

The appetizers, although very over-priced, were great...the ossobucco @ 48$ was cow meat and not veal, rubber and chewy...the sauce tasted like it came out of a super market...the linguini over cooked...the ravioli 34$ in butter and sage was more like ravioli in a tub of butter, under-cooked... I would have gladly paid the price but everything about the experience was wrong...including the server who was pompous...

  • Visited July 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Sherbrooke, Qc
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80 reviews 80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Superb Italian restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

We lived in Italy for 3 yrs (in Verona), and so we have a very good idea of what to expect from a genuine ristorante. And this is the real thing... and then some. Definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in central-eastern Canada. The Chef (whose name is not Frank, as claimed in one of the reviews here, but Marco) is very talented, and his personal rendition of various traditional and regional dishes is absolutely superb. He will also prepare certain rare regional delights if you ask in advance. The wine selection is also top-notch, with some inspired private imports. Finally, the waiting staff is impeccable, with some Italian-speaking members.

Bottom line: a real treat every time. Assolutamente fantastico.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Laval
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“Best Italian Restaurant in Magog!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

I bought some property in Magog in 2007 and being Italian, looked for a good Restaurant. I was thrilled when my husband and I discovered Cavallini! The food is made to perfection! Freshness and quality of meats and fish can be tasted, choice of pasta sauces, to be enjoyed! Place is very inviting, relaxing, super clean and service is great! Owner loves to befriend his guests and treat them with white gloves. You will not be disapointed with your visit! Ciao!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Relaxing Atomosphere, Great Service and Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

My husband and I just had a lovely dinner here. The owner is very friendly-and the service was great with the waiter not rushing you and things done at a relaxed speed.The atmosphere is very relaxing, white tablecloths, soft music, candles. I had grilled salmon, with a side of penne past, which ws cooked to perfection. My husband had a veal and shrimp dish was he said was the best veal he had ever had. Plan on over $100 for 2 entrees, 3 glasses of wine, 1 dessert, 1 coffee.

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