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“Awesome service and food in lovely setting.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gli Archi

Gli Archi
Via Ottaviano 17, Sperlonga, Italy
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Ranked #5 of 65 Restaurants in Sperlonga
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Awesome service and food in lovely setting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

. Situated "up the big hill" in the old town of Sperlonga. We had found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and it was well worth the hike up the hill. We arrived about 9.30pm and they were wonderful accommodating our family of 4. Food was wonderful. The citrus anchovies were amazing! Wine, as always in Italy was fabulous and even though our waiter did not speak a word of English he was awesome. Beautiful outdoor seating at this restaurant. Totally recommend.

  • 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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Cranston, Rhode Island
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A quaint restaurant in a tiny corner of Sperlonga”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The ambiance was incredible--we felt like we were part of an Italian movie and our waiter
Romano was helpful and fun. He organized for us a variety of antipasti that was incredible. We had smelts that were prepared in a novel but delicious way and the muscles were cooked perfectly--we also had an octopus salad. My entre was the risotto seafood which was mouth watering. One of my sons had the steak which was prepared in a very tasty sauce. All in all a great experience. It was not cheap (we ran up a bill of about 50 euro each) with several bottles of wine but worth it for one special night.

Visited June 2013
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Falkirk
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104 reviews 104 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Lovely food in lovely surroundings.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We had used Tripadvisor to seek out possible restaurants while spending some days in Sperlonga. Gli Archi was one result and we were very pleased we managed to visit. It is a climb, of course, to get into the old town but well worth it and although slightly tucked away it is not hard to fine Gli Archi. We sat outdoors, on a gorgeous June evening, in the tiny square just above the entrance to the restaurant itself. The pasta with vegetables which my (vegetarian) wife had was excellent as was my veal. The desserts were suitably yummy and helped by the accompanying limoncello (a superior type than those on offer elsewhere) and my marsala. Decent wine list and good service. Not the cheapest in Sperlonga but by no means expensive. Recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Uusimaa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Professional service and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We found this restaurant down a small street from the square at the top of the old town. Look for the signs pointing down to this. As it was a bit chillier, we sat inside. The restaurant was quiet apart from another couple. The waiter/owner is very professional and a skilled waiter.
We had clams and mussels as starter, both were rather large and we could have shared one between us.
For the main course, we had fish. Initially I was thinking of another dish and my dining companion wanted fish. The waiter kindly pointed out that the fish was quite large and would be expensive for one person and suggested we shared. He brought out the fresh fish first before cooking for us to choose. It was cooked to perfection, not dry and still juicy, you could almost still taste the sea. It did not come with vegetables, which is common in Italian restaurants and we choose salad as a accompaniment as a lighter option.
The wine was a good local wine from Lazio. The bill came to 101 euros. The fish was the most expensive item as it was 42 euros, so our bill would have been lower if we chose other dishes. I would recommend this for a small dinner between a couple.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Roseville, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food and Lovely Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stumbled upon this little family-run restaurant one afternoon while exploring the charming town of Sperlonga. We were hungry and it being a bit out of tourist season, not a whole lot was still open. This little place was and after having lunch there, were glad we had discovered it. What a find! The food was absolutely squisito! They use fresh, local food for their delicious dishes. Since the weather was gorgeous, we sat at the table outside. An older man waited on us and took care of us very well. The bill came tucked into a greeting card with a lovely watercolor depiction of the restaurant on the front. After we ate, I peeked inside and the interior looks romantic and welcoming. I highly recommend this little find.

  • Visited September 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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