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“Terrific Dinner in Merano” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Trattoria da Santoni

Trattoria da Santoni
Mainardo 9, 39012 Merano, Italy
3389162520
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Ranked #7 of 127 restaurants in Merano
Price range: $50 - $70
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Granby, Connecticut
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“Terrific Dinner in Merano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Another couple and we had the pleasure of eating dinner at this restaurant when we recently spent 2 nights in Merano.The ambiance, service and the food all were excellent. We were amazed to watch just two wait staff manage the whole dining room which was full to capacity. They were polite and took their time to be helpful explaining the menu to us. Two of us had an excellent veal dish with the most wonderful roasted potatoes on the side. We all agreed the panna cotta was definitely the best we had ever tasted. As others have mentioned, you can see the kitchen through a large glass window and watch the food being prepared. The chef/owner did visit our table as we completed our meal to make sure everything was to our liking. If you are in Merano definitely eat a meal here - you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Probably The Best In Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This may not be the best the restaurant in the world (as another reviewer has claimed). But it’s very very good indeed.

We went on a Sunday evening, when most restaurants in Merano were closed. Inside we found a pleasantly busy atmosphere in a stylish setting.

We began with the starter buffet – a delicious selection of meats, seafood and salads. How much would I expect to pay for this – 15 euro?, 20 euro? The charge was a mere 5 euro per head, a bargain if ever I saw one.

For mains we had sea bass and veal in a cream-and-wine sauce – both excellent. After some tasty Italian deserts, the chef emerged from the kitchen to check that we were happy with all the food she had created. Indeed we were.

Great food, great value, great service. Maybe not the best restaurant in the world, but (based on having eaten in several others during my stay) probably the best in Merano. Go!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“My favorite restaurant in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We discovered this restaurant when we visited Meran for the first time last summer and we instantly loved it. Then we came back after waiting a whole year for Rosellas "Penne alla Vodka", her delicios fresh"Seafood Salad" and the "Tortino al cioccolato". This year, we returned with our kids and both demanded to go and eat at Santonis every evening.

We enjoy a genuine Italian cuisine with fresh ingredients and no uneccessary fuss. We have traveled a lot and have been eating in many luxurious restaurants, but the one place we always talk about is the Santoni!

Rosella is a great cook and also a very warm hearted and generous person. She shared some of her recipies with me to try at home. The entire family is involved in the restaurant and we love the atmosphere and the personal service. It's also nice that there is a window between the kitchen and the seating area, so you can watch Rosella prepare your meal.

Try it: Great food, wonderful people.
Come on Friday or Saturday if you want to eat very fresh and delicious seafood.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Food sublime, but service lets it down”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Visited this restaurant twice in one day. Couldn't get enough. Grilled zucchini a light and tasty starter, as was the artichokes. We ordered more and more of the same! Then had beef tartar which is spiced in the kitchen and served ready to eat. The chef brought us a spoon to try. It was great, but would have preferred a little less mustard, but didn't even try and convey that as I can't speak Italian. Nevertheless, the tartar was delicious (shared between two of us over lunch). We went back for dinner and had the antipasta set out on a big table for starters, and then pasta carbonara which was rich, but delicious. The restaurant only serves seafood on the weekends (from what we could understand on the menu) and we'd been once before and enjoyed a lobster pasta. Great ambience, good lighting... best place we found in Merano. Service is a bit slow and can be grumpy. Best to make a reservation and, if you don't speak Italian, take a dictionary.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great fillet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

Enjoyed the evening with my friends. Raw beef fillet and red wine!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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