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“Good food, excellent and personal service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante Cardinale

Ristorante Cardinale
Via G. Di Vittorio, 39, 20068 Peschiera Borromeo, Italy
+39.02.55308117
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Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Lochristi, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good food, excellent and personal service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

I have visited this restaurant a few times over the last months. Food is always of very good standard, and service is really excellent.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Stefano G, Proprietario at Ristorante Cardinale, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Dear gentleman,
i thank yuo so much about your nice comment on our restaurant.
We are waiting for you soon,
with regards Stefano
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English first
Herning, Denmark
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Risotto is not the same as boiled rice with a sauce”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I went to this restaurant April 2nd 2013. It's in a convenient location just around the corner from Hotel Montini. The dinning room is OK, but a bit impersonal, staff speaks good English.
Having spend about 6 months in Italy over the last 8 years, I do expect a certain standard of the food I'm served. This restaurant is the first where I just had 2-3 small bides of the food, and then left. The Risotto was by far the worst I've tasted in Italy, and the waiter didn't seem to care at all that I didn't like it. I would rather go to bed hungry, than come back to this restaurant.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Stefano G, Proprietario at Ristorante Cardinale, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
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Gentile cliente,sono desolato che il cibo non sia stato all'altezza delle sue aspettative,ma penso che 6 mesi trascorsi in Italia negli ultimi 8 anni non è un periodo sufficente per poterla definire un conoscitore della cucina italiana.
Ci ricordiamo molto bene di lei.La prima persona che è arrivata quella sera al ristorante.Ha dato uno sguardo al locale dall'esterno ed è andato via.Più tardi è tornato ed è entrato.
La cameriera,portandole il menù del giorno,si è gentilmente offerta per la traduzione del menù.Lei,indispettito, ha rifiutato scegliendo il risotto ai radicchi e code di gambero.
Per il risotto servono circa 20 minuti dall'ordinazione prima di essere servito.I radicchi(cioè differenti qualità di insalate di gusto amaro) danno al risotto un sapore di base amaro.L'aggiunta delle code di gambero in mantecazione,mantiene i crostacei morbidi,permettendo di sprigionare la loro delicata dolcezza.Il risotto viene mantenuto morbido,cremoso(all'onda),anima del chicco consistente,e servito ben caldo su piatto piano.Il cibo servito è controllato dallo chef(Io che le sto rispondendo),garantendo così la massima qualità dei piatti.
Dopo che lei ha mangiato qualche forchettata,ha frettolosamente chiesto il conto.La cameriera,seguendo i nostri standard,ha educatamente chiesto se il piatto non era gradito,e la sua risposta è stata"non mi piace".
Ora,il riso bollito con sopra una salsa non è il piatto che le è stato servito;probabilmente ha ancora qualche cosa da apprendere riguardo alla cucina italiana.Se avesse accettato l'aiuto per la traduzione del menù,avrebbe sicuramente scelto un piatto più affine ai suoi gusti.
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Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Good value, tasty food with specials worth exploring and very helpful staff.
On my next trip I would gladly return to this establishment

Visited April 2012
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Monza, Italy
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272 reviews 272 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 94 cities Reviews in 94 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Good but below the expectations in Tripadvisor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

I went to this restaurant looking at everybody comments. I am not sure if I am becoming picky or simply honest. I enjoyed the food, slighly overpriced. However my first impression was not so good. The place looks like a recoverted office / shop.
We got fiven a menu on the black board to begin with which was difficult to read and did not have anything special. The printed menu also did not have something special.
The food was very good overall. The service brilliant.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Brilliant food & Service! at reasonable prices!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

At last some really nice Italian food, I stayed in Milan for two weeks and really struggled to find some decent Italian food, although I found Ristorante Carinale and at last experienced some really nice Italian food! Shame though I only managed to eat in here for 2 evenings though! The menus are in Italian although Catia was very kind to translate the whole menu and the special boards for me! Her level of service was also very prompt indeed and made me feel very welcome, thank you soo much!

The bill at the end too was a big surprise it was much cheaper than other restaurants . If you find yourself in Peschiera Borromeo seriously make sure you pop in here! Catia maybe to stop you having to translating though it may be a good idea to have an english menu to hand ;)

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