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“Special Setting, soothing experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vinosus

Vinosus
Piazza Duomo 15, Orvieto, Italy
+39 0763341907
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Ranked #53 of 128 Restaurants in Orvieto
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Special Setting, soothing experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

A late summer evening, and on recommendation of our Italian host, we went here for dinner. Initially, I was a little concerned both by its proximity to the piazza, but also by the indoors nature of the restaurant. What I missed was that there is an excellent rooftop terrace overlooking the cathedral. To sit here, and have a view 300 years old is special - such that the food almost becomes secondary. However, it was prepared in a true Italian manner - let the flavors show through, and don't muck about too much. No bargain, but what do you expect in such a setting, and certainly not a tourist trap - almost all diners were locals.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“So good I'm reluctant to share this..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We returned to Vinosus tihs year, having found it a couple of years ago when visting Orvieto for the day.

Then, as now, it was a blazingly hot day in August. Then - hot, thirsty hungry and footsore - we had stumbled on Vinosus almost by accident, tucked away behind its inauspicious frontage in the less busy end of the Piazza Duomo. This time the thought of lunch at Vinosus sustained the male party members as we trudged from one shoe or postcard shop to another in the morning.

Lunch at Vinosus is a great pleasure; the terrace, almost invisible from the Piazza, gives wonderful views of the surrounding country and the rear of the Duomo. and with its wide umbrellas and comfortable furniture, is a great setting.

The food is reliably excellent, from the antipasti to the pastas & pizzas and the meat dishes, and I personally can report I had the best pasta dish I've ever eaten in the form of the Umbricelli Amatriciana I had there this year.

The wine list features the best local and Umbrian regional wines, and led on both occasions to savouring several bottles of the tasty Orvieto Classico Riserva.

Service is prompt and courteous - the staff reluctantly eventually revealing their English was loads better than our Italian.

Lunch is wonderful, but we have yet to try dinner; maybe an objective for next time.

  • Visited August 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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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“a beautiful evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

we had dinner in this incredible restaurant in mid-June and it was simply amazing. The owner Luca was attentive and entertaining and steered us in the right direction for wonderful choices. We ate outside, candlelight, and a view of the Umbrian countryside, excellent vino, and all and all one of the most special dinners during our 2 weeks touring Italy. My brother -in-law was tipped off to Vinosus by an Italian surgeon who had come to work briefly at his hospital in the USA and we 're so glad we followed his advice. Grazie Luca!!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Surrey, UK
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42 restaurant reviews
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289 helpful votes 289 helpful votes
“Not just a view...good food too”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Try to eat outside in the little secluded courtyard which has nice views of the tail of the lovely Duomo. The walled yard gives you a sense of privacy from the busy square without compromising the view.
Excellent local dishes incl fresh cheeses and friendly service.
Was easily our best meal in Orvieto - excellent and reasonable value for money given location.

Visited August 2012
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Deerfield, Illinois
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35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A fine ding experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

Ate at Vinosus twice in the same week. Staff and owner could not have been more friendly and accommodating. Pastas were fantastic, antipasti selections were wonderful and my wife thought her eggplant parmigiana was the best she ever had. The outside garden was great on a hot night in August. I really must wonder why all the negative reviews, and the restaurant deserves a much higher placement than 35 on the Trip Advisor list.








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