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“An unexpected experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante Canossa

Ristorante Canossa
Via Roma, 37, 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy
+39 0522 454196
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Ranked #26 of 375 Restaurants in Reggio Emilia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $33 - $131
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients, Large groups, Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
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“An unexpected experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The restraunt was recommended by AlbergoMorandi (reviewed separately) as typical of the region. We arrived early before preparations were complete. We were made welcome.
We ordered from the meat trolley, an over whelming selection and quantity. Because of our poor language skills we sampled meats not knowing what they were! (Some still unknown!!)
An unforgetable and wonderful experience. The staff, although serious about their craft, bridged the communication gap to ensure we enjoyed what we sampled.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Milan, Italy
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299 reviews 299 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 103 cities Reviews in 103 cities
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
“So Traditional We Barely Realize It - and Proportionately Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Trolleys with multiple choices of meats - one for roasted meats and one for boiled meats - are one of the features of traditional (read: 1950-1970s) central Italian cuisine. A restaurant's quality used to be gauged by how good they were at extremely simple preparations such as roasts and bolliti (boiled meats). Three ways to goodness and greatness:
1. quality of ingredients and raw materials - and of intermediate preparations such as stuffing
2. careful attention to cooking
3. sauces and side dishes

Well, welcome to very good 1960s Italian cooking. After great "cappelletti" in clear chicken soup, we chose to focus on bolliti for - relative - lightness, and stoically chose to have fewer than all the choices available: stuffing ("ripieno", a soft mix of bread, vegetables and egg and mild spices that would otherwise go into stuffed chicken or other meats, here offered separately), beef tongue, two different cuts of beef, ham, cotechino, and pig trotter. There were another three or four to choose from.

Green sauce (bread, persil and capers in olive oil) and horseradish sauce were very good; red (tomato) sauce was good, "mostarda" (sweet and sour fruit pickled with mustard seed) was extremely good.

One of two, very traditional desserts was very good - créme caramel. The other, just as traditional, was a bit dull.

Very, very positively: this is one of the very few times in Italy when I accepted ordering without seeing a menu with prices, and was positively surprised by the final bill. Even wine - a light, sparkling and relatively dry Lambrusco - and water turned out to be surprisingly low-priced.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jan Juc
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“For the meat lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I ate here twice recently and really enjoyed it. It was not what I would have chosen initially but, the meals were both delicious. The main course is from the meat trolley and I have no idea what some of the sausages might be but the roast meats are easy to recognize. There were lots of local customers which is always a good sign.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lismore, Australia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Heavy duty but great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This is a great traditional RE restaurant run by a bunch of middle aged waiters who are helpful if brusque at times. It is easy to overdose on meat here. But the pumpkin tortellini are wonderful, as is anything with funghi. We made the mistake of looking at the dessert trolly and consequently that pushed the richness dial to 11. that said, the marscapone was excellent. Had a great time at euro 80 for 2, included primi, secondi and dessert plus wine. Meat lovers will love the meat tray.

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Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“very authenic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

their specialty of boiled meats was very good and interseting for meat lovers and people who are not afraid of getting something other than a steak. not cheap, but affordable. like alot of itlalian eateries dinner is not served before 19:30 although we were sitted at seven, so we waited patiently.

Visited July 2012
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