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“Our best meal in Italy” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boccon Divino - CLOSED

Boccon Divino
Via Giacomo Matteotti 13, 60121 Ancona, Italy
+39 366 528 3498
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Price range: $49 - $87
Cuisines: Italian, Chowder, Mediterranean, Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Our best meal in Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I agree this is this best food we've had in Italy. We struggled to think of an equivalent in Sydney as well! Just wonderful! We had the tasting menu and for €40, it was also the best value for what we got. We even met the chef who was so humble. Amazing. Don't be fooled by appearances, the food inside is worth it!

Visited April 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Craiova, Romania
1 review
“Exquisite food experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

My husband and I have just had dinner at Boccon Divino. While the appearance from the outside does not look strongly inviting, the experience of dining at Boccon Divino is amazing.
There is a mix of tastes, flavors and consistencies, which can be hardly put on paper.
The shrimps garnished with softly flavored fennel and orange are a delight.
The (modernized) recipe of the "stoccafisso" and the funny story of how it got to Ancona make it a "must eat" since you are there.
Last but not least you have to taste how "pecorino" (traditional, strongly flavored Italian cheese) reinvents itself in an icy mousse, complemented by pear, honey and mint in what I would call the most unconventional, yet delicate and wonderful desert I have ever had.
Recipes are chosen and prepared in such a way that they combine the traditional approach to cooking specific to the region with the choice of high quality ingredients and spices.
What makes the dishes even more fabulous is the story behind them told naturally, with talent and humor by the owner.
If you get to Ancona, don't miss Boccon Divino. We are actually planning to go there just to taste back the pecorino desert :-)

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Chef's tasting menu was fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

My wife and I had dinner at Boccon Divino in Ancona with another couple in mid September. Was a quiet night for the restaurant and so had opporutnity to talk with the owner about the menu and specialities. Both couples opted to share the chef's tasting menu where selected the type of main course and let the chef create. One meal was lamb based and the other was fish - was more than enough to share. Led to very flavorful and creative courses coupled with wine recommendations from the owner. The restaurant itself is lovely. Highly recommend giving this restaurant a try. The restaruant was recommended by staff at the Hotel Grand Passetto in Ancona - a wonderful boutique hotel if looking for a place to stay in the area.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Szeged
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Look beyond the facade!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

During our trips in Ancona we passed by this restaurant a couple of times. Though it was on our wish list to go there we never realized this was the place. There are golden/yellow sunshades outside with a cheap image of angels.
We in fact chose to sit in the courtyard. Also here we could not anticipate what was waiting for us, because of the cyclamen pink nylon table cloth.
Then our dining experience got started. We were first offered an 'amuse bouche'. In fact it was a mini sorbet, which we usually know as a "spoom" to freshen up the palate. It was lovely and worked very well. We had the set menu (menu degustazione) and were never disappointed. If you close you eyes you could even imagine to eat from porcelain and drink from crystal!
As the chef is not a co-owner I hope they will be able to keep him on, because he could get offers from well reputed restaurants all over the world!
If we would have eaten here before, we surely would have returned during to few days we spent in Ancona!

  • 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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