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“Good first impression” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oltre il Giardino

Oltre il Giardino
Viale Passerini, 52044 Cortona, Italy
+(39)0575603805
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Ranked #9 of 84 restaurants in Cortona
Price range: $20 - $46
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Late Night
Mayfield E Sussex
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good first impression”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

It was my first visit to this restaurant. I was very impressed with the almost quirky desire to create a homely atmosphere (albeit very up-market) that on the whole worked well. The staff were very friendly and accommodating but not overly professional - the waitress serving the wine had to be shown how to uncork the bottle! To be fair she didn't seem to be a waitress but possibly someone seconded in as cover at short notice. The food was a twist on established Italian cuisine but not wholly successful. It had the feeling of a young ambitious workforce that, when everything is in place, will be very successful. I look forward to future visits to take advantage of the improvements that will no doubt have taken place.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“best restaurant in cortona”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

it is not easy to find, you have to drive to the tennis courts to find up on hill nearby sign for "restaurant"- but it is truly fantastic. Bernardo, the young chef, is original and importantly a great chef! Everything from the appetizers, the wine selection and of course the food are wonderful. It doesn't matter what you choose, whether the starters (aubergine is wow!), main course (veal is stupendous) , or dessert ( you won't find a better cheesecake!), all are a culinery treat awaiting you. They have a beautiful garden to eat outside and inside is tastefully decorated. It is open only a couple of months, and should be full every day. We ate here two times, and have eaten in top reastaurants in Europe. If you want a fantastic experience eat here, or otherwise go to a tourist location...

Visited July 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Special place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

This special restaurant has view tables. It is furnished and decorated in a very elegant and romantic, though homelike and cozy way. The food was exquisite. The dishes are a new interpretation of the typical Italian cuisine. In spite of this originality the food keeps the flavours of the traditional recipes. The price to quality ratio was very fair. Moreover, we were treated really like special guests and enjoyed the evening very much. We loved this place

  • 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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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Talk about an elegant restaurant and delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Recently my husband and I had a trip to Cortona, Italy. We ran into a wonderful family who helped us and in doing so discovered their restaurant. It is a family run restaurant with the son being the head chef. The food was incredible.
The restaurant itself is small and elegant. If you have the opportunity to be in Cortona, give this one a try. It is definitely a five star.

  • 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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“Extraordinary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is a high-class restaurant without the high costs normally associsted with restaurants of this calibre.

My family and I enjoyed a superb evening meal and hopeto return one day.

  • Visited June 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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