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“Not a wonderland” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Alice Ristorante

Alice Ristorante
Piazza 25 Aprile, c/o Eataly Milano (ex teatro Smeraldo), 20121 Milan, Italy
02 4949 7340
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Ranked #349 of 5,358 Restaurants in Milan
Price range: $59 - $162
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Ljubljana
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138 reviews 138 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 82 cities Reviews in 82 cities
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
“Not a wonderland”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

The ladies' led Michelin starred restaurant was perhaps my biggest Michelin disappointment so far. I do not mind the cellar settings, reachable by a narrow staircase where you fight for your passage with both guests (targeting the well kept toilets on the basement level) and staff. I do not mind the unusually long pauses among tasting menu entries. I do mind that two ladies kept coming asking for our choice of wine for more than half an hour before one of them actually managed to bring the bottle I had ordered half an hour ago. Disorganized; lady-like, a male chauvinist pig would add. I did most of the refilling myself. To add insult to injury, some neighbors of obviously local origin were greeted as old friends and indeed taken care of properly.

The place is squeezed within the given perimeters. A few tables on the basement level with five square feet per guest are of no great advantage regarding the overall sense of claustrophobia. Bathrooms fine, again, space limitations are disturbing. Wine list could have been notably longer considering the reputation and price level. Thereagain, it is Milano. Markups closer to Austrian levels than to those I am used to in Italy. Service, again, was a disaster pure.

I am sure that impeccable dishes based on sea ingredients and the acclaimed sparkling creativity would help my impression. Yet I was disappointed again. Far from traditional, far from mediocre – but somehow I failed to understand the lady chef's story in the menu. 16 on my own 1 to 20 scale is definitely the highest I can honestly assign, in spite of enthusiastic reviews of several of my culinary friends.

Michelin in Milano can not be cheap. This one is not. But the point is – I was truly unhappy paying the bill. I would only recommend the place to locals (probably), wine&dine professionals announcing their arrival in advance, and incorrigible Michelin star hunters.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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“One star michelin well earned. Great experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Excellent combination of modern cuisine tecnique and respect of the tradition, corroborated by fresh top quality ingredients. The tradion of the seafood cuisine of the mediterranean sea is blended with the research of the right sensorial experience. Wine list well priced ( a plus) and with good variety. Great service ( poor english ). I was there with Japanese customers and i can say that they were surprised how the italian cuisine can be so close to their food culture... Simplicity and design perfectly melted in every dish.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Must be the best fish cuisine in Milan, Michelin star well deserved, if possible try to get a table on the top (ground) floor. The style is imaginative but always balanced, not over the top. Tries to please (and succeeds) rather than surprise. Expensive, but the best things often are.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Milan, Italy
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“a memorable meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

this is a delightful litte restaurant with a truly interesting menu which tickles your taste buds beautifully. We had the tasting menu "sandrina", and enjoyed 7 very enjoyable dishes. Particularly enjoyed how the chef Viviana selects the food and the combinations. the avocado icecream in the fish carpaccio with burrata and salad was very curious.
the 5 combo artichoke; fried, steamed, raw, pureè and icrecreamed was really interesting. The stingray with slice of foie gras and puree veggies was super... and so on...
it is a continuous stimulation of the tastebud in a nice pleasant atmosphere, the personnel is kind and attentive and not invasive. Place is very small you need to book well ahead.
don't miss it!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Had one of the degustation menus. Wow! No wonder they have a Michelin star. Wonderdful presentation, service, innovative flavour and texture combinations, generous portions (well many many samll ones). If you check their website you'll see the types of dishes they serve. Each plate was as beautiful as the photographs. (http://www.aliceristorante.it/ambiente.html ) Every course was like a work of art in all aspects and the service was attentive, friendly, efficient but unobtrusive (There was none of the "is everything alright" when all mouths are full and then rushing off before an answer can be muttered - thank heavens!). As customers we were made to feel welcome and quite special from the moment we arrived until we left.

  • Visited December 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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