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Standing on the edge of the Parco della Maiella, the Villa Maiella prioritises locally sourced ingredients such as meat reared uniquely for the restaur...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed November 16, 2019 via mobile

Villa Mariella is the best restaurant in the world. Seriously. The owners and staff are so unpretentious. The food is amazing. We had the most incredible and enjoyable dinner tonight. Thank you Villa Mariella. We will be back again later this week.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed July 9, 2019

This family-owned and operated 3rd generation establishment is working hard to earn a coveted 2nd star from Michelin. The son Arcangelo expertly oversees the spotless kitchen where his grandmother works alongside him and his mother prepares many of the desserts. The front of the house...is managed by Arcangelo's brother Pascal, a fun-loving wine aficionado, who is devoted to making your experience memorable. But he needn't worry. His brother's food takes care of that. All of this under the watchful eye of their father Pepi who looks like he stepped out of central casting. Their wine list, which features the best Italy has to offer, is extraordinary. They are in the midst of the expansion of a beautiful terrace and other amenities. And while the inn needs a bit of a facelift, which I believe is coming, the rooms are lovely and immaculate. For the quality of the food, service and experience, I can say it is an absolute bargain, particularly the prix fixe menu. We hope to return.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 14, 2019 via mobile

Excellent dining experience, fantastic wine in a beautiful setting overlooking the hills. Food was everything you’d expect a top notch Restaurant to serve.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 8, 2019

Located about 2kms outside of of the village of Guardiagrele, this villa was a complete delight! We stayed here for two nights. If we were the reviewers and were going to rate the Villa's restaurant, we would give it at least two Michelin stars. This...would have to be the best meal that we have had in Italy in fifteen yeas of regular visits to this beautiful country. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Chef Arcangelo Tinari, whose food we were fortunate enough to experience on our second night. He is a complete magician with food and a genius with taste sensation. Our only regret was that we couldn’t eat here on the first night we arrived, but the restaurant was closed. Arcangelo’s brother, Pascal, is the sommelier of the restaurant and the wine list is mouth-watering. There are over a hundred and thirty champagnes listed, which was right up our street, not to mention the huge selection of local Abruzzo-region wines and from elsewhere. You can select from an à la carte meal, or a five- or an eight-course degustation meal. With the latter, you can also select a wine pairing. We selected à la carte. Right from the first moment, when you sit down and feel the tablecloth and the beautifully embroidered table napkins, the Riedel glassware and even the silver cutlery, which you feel that you are the first person to ever use, you feel exceptionally special. The service of the restaurant staff is impeccable and extremely attentive and they saw to it that we were fully satisfied throughout our meal. Mr. Pepino himself, whose parents started the restaurant fifty years ago, was at pains to ensure that we received his full attention as well. We started off in fine style with sharing a bottle of Krug Rosé to celebrate a momentous occasion in our lives. The bread was special and was served with homemade lard, sourced from the Restaurant’s own farm. The Krug accompanied our at least eight-course meal, which comprised a selection of four mini appetisers, which consisted of a saffron crisp with hare and aoli; a parsley sponge soufflé, which completely disappeared in your mouth; a tempura of cod; and a spoonful of shredded veal with a peanut capping. The second appetiser consisted of thin strips of calamari on top of green peas and a tomato chilli relish. Our third appetiser was a carpaccio of kingfish, having an ionised smell. The plate looked like a painting and had a nasturtium leaf with a dew drop sitting on it and was decorated with tiny little flowers; and exquisitely thinly shaved porcini mushrooms over a ball of pecorino cheese with a pesto of herbs. Oh my goodness, we have never tasted such an intense mushroom flavour as this! Finally, we had a flan of porcini mushrooms that sat on a bed of braised pork cheek, which all sat on a purée of hazelnuts. WOW! What a taste sensation! Then, we arrived at the primi piatti, which was handmade ravioli filled with buratta cheese and served with a divine L’Aquilla saffron sauce; and handmade Chitarrina with wild asparagus. For our secondi piatti, we both had the roasted, salt-and herb-encrusted black pig from the Restaurant’s farm. This was served with an insalata mista, where each leaf was clearly hand-picked and had its own individual, fresh flavour. Our secondi piatti were accompanied by a 2013 Azienda Agricola Valentini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which was just perfect. We then enjoyed a cheese platter of six cheeses of the region selected by Mr. Pepino. Again, these were sensational. We simply could not fit in dessert, but they insisted on us having a poached pear filled with ricotta served with a pumpkin gelato sitting on a hazelnut brittle; and some fresh strawberries accompanied by a strawberry gelato. Then, they served four petit-fours of a coconut macaron, a strawberry jam tart, a chocolate-covered orange rind strip and a chocolate-filled profiterole. How we were able to walk upstairs to our room, we do not know having enjoyed all that delicious food and wine. What we do know, is that we would have absolutely no hesitation in returning to enjoy these treasures and in highly recommending that everyone experiences this chef’s and the entire restaurant’s talents. Michelin reviewers, this deserves a minimum of two stars and could take on any top restaurant in the world! Our room on the first floor had its own wrap-around balcony, so that we had a 270 degree view of the village below, the snow-capped mountains surrounding the village and the Adriatic, with Chieti in the foreground. We had two nights here. On the first night, there was a thunderstorm with hail and we watched as the storm clouds rolled in from over the mountains behind us. When it cleared and night fell, the villages below and as far as we could see right across to the Adriatic, were lit up and sparkled with all the major churches and attractions aglow. The breakfast, which was included, was generous and the homemade croissants were the best that we have had anywhere in the world outside of one bakery in France. We were told that they were made by the chef Arcangelo. The yoghurt and all the JAMS were homemade and delicious! Stephani on Reception was a most obliging and helpful hostess and saw to all of our needs. The villa even has electric car charging stations on site. If you are visiting Guardiagrele, which we are highly recommending as an unspoilt, un-touristy, beautiful, friendly, spiritual village and if you are going to stay at Villa Maiella, we think it is advisable to have a car, as it is quite a walk into the town. A sensational visit!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

Awesome Bartolo Mascarello? Perhaps not. It seemed to be over its age for 2004 but still a nice experience. This one should be popped now if ones have in cellar. Not as refreshing as typical wine from Maria-Teresa. Odd one despite direct from the domaine....Still a must try when coming across. For dishes, Ristorante Villa Maiella made fabulous meal. Could not praise more for each dishes. Superb ones are the butter-like-lard. This is well made with buttery texture and beautiful palate. No unpleasant adore at all. The chiatara was well made surely. Love the texture and light cheesy finish. Last but not least, house-made salumi were to die for. Its recognition is not a joke like many others. #handsdown 🙏🙏🙏More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

Dined here for lunch last week. Absolutely amazing. Incredible experience with very warm (not stuffy) and amazing service from the family owners. Tried all of the local dishes and everything was absolutely amazing - highlights included a ravioli with local saffron, a specialty to the...area, a variety of salumi from the family’s own special breed of back pigs with incredible selection of Abruzzo wines at great prices. Do not miss!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is so amazing. As we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted and shown to our table. The owner came out to speak to our family and they were so wonderful. There were many small courses and each one was a bite of...heaven! I tried so many things that I had never tried and enjoyed each and every one of them. Reservations are needed for the Michelin star restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

Ok Villa Maiella was definitely a gastronomic adventure with great service and attention. We were looked after by Pascal - the grandson of the original owners who explained it was really his grandmother who created the recipes that started their restaurant business in the 1960s....We chose the 6 course tasting menu - that actually turned out to be 12 dishes!!Starting with an aperitif on the house - sparkling pecorino (like champagne) with a bespoke elderflower cordial.. then an amuse bouche of 5 different flavours including squid with saffron, followed by the fat of their black pigs turned into butter - with freshly baked breads. Next came a delicate potato spaghetti with carrot purée. Then a veal carpaccio, flavoured with coffee and cumin. An extra dish of a selection of salamis and prosciutto from their local black pigs. Next cod fillet in pomodoro tempura with pear and basil, followed by a mushroom dish with sorrel and shiso. Then burrata ravioli with saffron from l’Aquila and capricchio lentils. Wild boar ragu with the finest pasta layers and a coffee consommé. Then veal with ginger mayonnaise. A choice of local cheeses (too many to explain). Vanilla semi freddo with chocolate crunch and the original of 1981 tribute to Michel Bras which was a pistachio crust filled with delicate passion fruit. Oh and the finest biscuity petit fours. Plus a wine flight from 5 local wines which kept being poured alongside the 12 dishes. A truly exceptional experience which we won’t forget!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

We learned about this restaurant from reading an article about top chefs in Abruzzo, and our desire to visit their restaurants. This restaurant is one of only three restaurants in Abruzzo that have earned Michelin stars. This is also a JRE restaurant. While some of...our visits to Michelin star restaurants have been a bit disappointing, this is not the case with Villa Maiella -- this restaurant is great. Villa Maiella receives our highest recommendation. TIP: Reservations are essential. Most guests arrived between 9 and 9:30 pm. Most, if not all, of the ingredients used in their very creative dishes are locally sourced. In fact the owner of the restaurant has a farm, and in addition to other things, raises a unique species of black pig. The pig meat is featured in several of the dishes offered. Traditional Abruzzo food is enhanced with special preparations. They have a great wine list and wine cellar. Service is tops, just exactly what you would expect at a Michelin restaurant. Several wait staff pay attention to your every need. We ordered the chef's 5 course tasting menu paired with wine. Priced at 100 euros per person. All of the dishes were very beautiful, creative, and had wonderful flavors. There was not a single item we did not like -- and several that we thought were the best we had ever tasted! TIP: Since it was a 3+ hour dining experience with lots of wine, we decided to spend the night at their modest hotel. This worked out perfectly, the rooms are very basic, but very clean, and at a reasonable price. We would recommend if you decide to have dinner at Villa Maiella.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

This 1star Michelin restaurant is definitely worth a stop and a small detour if you are in the area. We had the fixed price menu for lunch. Gli Stagionati di Maiale Nero della Nostra Fattoria Pallotta cac’ e ove Zuppa di farro spezzato di Caprafico...con asparagi Chitarra al ragù d’agnello e ricotta affumicata al ginepro Il nostro Maialino Nero Semifreddo al parrozzo We loved every bite. The setting in the hills is lovely and they are working on the inside and outside. The restaurant has been there for years and is owned and run by the family. Great food.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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