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Ristorante Villa Crespi

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It was Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, the owner of this splendid villa amid the beautiful landscapes of Lake D’Orta, who chose its Moorish style in 1879, c...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
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Reviewed November 25, 2022 via mobile

The experience in general was nice. The villa itself is really beautiful. Kind staff. Good wine But at the end of the whole lunch we saw a hit in the cake. Of coarse it was disgusting for the place that presents itself as a high...standard restaurant. In these situations it’s the choice of the restaurant to decide how to act and how to treat the guests. What we’ve got is “we are so sorry” and the “complementary hair cake” 🤣 and a lovely photo with the Chef who probably didn’t even know the situation. There was also one more point. Our table was at the terrace and next to the window there was a thick really visible layer of dust. So bad that I didn’t even risk to out my bag there. In comparison to the “hair cake” it was absolutely predictable and could be easily cleaned before the guests come. All in all there are human changes to be done in such a beautiful place. The main advantage of the restaurant is the place itself nor the restaurant quality.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed November 11, 2022

Lovely food, amazing food presentations, extra bites and elegant atmosphere. The photo opportunity with the Chef himself and in the garden grounds is something you should not miss. We paid 370 euro for a lunch for two - no wine.

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Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 31, 2022

We had had a wonderful lunch at Villa Crespi in late 2020 and recently returned. Again, we were not disappointed. Service was not quite as attentive as in 2020 and there seems to be a large turnover of waiting staff. Once a young lady took...over our service, everything went fine - she was very good. We all had the frog legs with whipped butter as starter - that was terrific. I had the sweetbread as a second starter, and that was very good too. My pasta dish was linguini with sea urchin and saffron sauce - the dish my wife raved about two years ago, and which she also had again... excellent indeed. The bottle of Coppo Chardonnay 2018 was fine. It will not be a mistake if you check the bill upon presentation - we noted, after leaving the place, that the glasses of wine as apéritif and the chardonnay had been slightly overcharged - not much but still. Antonino Cannavacciulo has clearly carved out a little niche for himself in this lovely place. The restaurant is fully booked even in the off season, and there are frequent and numerous diners from nearby Milan...More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 11, 2022

A beautiful building set in a lovely park. The restaurant is divided into several rooms, intimate and relaxing. The food is beyond words, culinary masterpieces beautifully presented. Wines from all over the world.Very efficient and corteous staff. We can definitely recommend it, the price is...justified by the excellent quality.More

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Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed April 9, 2022 via mobile

We were 3 in total and we all chose an aperitivo and then the “dal sud al nord” menu. They were kind enough to exchange the meat course for one of us (the pork of the carpe firm menu instead of the pigeon). In general,...the food was of excellent quality and taste. Absolutely divine! However, there were some negative aspects which led me to rate this a 3/5. Service. 1. In the beginning there were two waitresses who seemed to not agree on how to place the dishes and were correcting each other. The younger one was kind enough to ask how we enjoyed the first course. However, after this course the other one took over by herself and rushed us through, taking away plates when one of us was finished while the others were still eating and not even asking once if we liked our dishes. 2. It felt a little like being at a sales show after the main course when they came around with their cheese tray and a big port wine bottle asking if you wanted something. Plus, 20€ for two small slices of cheese seems too much even for a 2 starred restaurant. 3. I found some bones in my fish dish and while this can happen, it shouldn’t. Especially not in a starred restaurant. The least that could have been done is to apologize once you see the bones. Alas, nothing. Cannavacciulo himself When arriving we had been told that the chef would come out when you pay for a chat and also a photo opportunity. Well, either he wasn’t in the mood, had a bad day or is always like that… but, rushing through a picture, not smiling at all and making you feel like this is a huge annoyance to him is not the way to go. Then stay in the kitchen if you don’t feel like it.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed November 6, 2021 via mobile

Truffle & wine as I like … but My friend was poisoned 🤮 My meat set with truffle was ok , service also was good. Hotel room I like , smell in hotel was nice. Reception desk called to the doctor & no possible to...reach it. No doctor & no emergency service 😐 shocked about attitude restaurant charged full price for dinner with poisoned scampi 🍤 no excuse & no sorry ☹️ can’t recommend that famous Michelin restaurant 🛑 ✋More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 27, 2021 via mobile

The restaurant is locate in the most beautiful villa, in the cute little town of Orta San Giulio, which is great to visit. The location doesnt get any better than this. The food is outstanding. Every dish is an explosion of flavor but so well...balanced. Its a great food experience, one of the best in the world. Italian cousine at its peak. Overall you have a fantastic experience in this place and its very recommended. However, since the expense is very very significant, one expects absolute perfection from a place like this. But there were a couple of things that I think should be improved: 1) when you book they ask you of you are going there for a special occasion, like a birthday. It was my partner's birthday and I was expecting some little cake or similar. But nothing.... I would reccomend not to ask for this things if you do not do anything about it. You set expectations that were not met. 2) relax a bit the table service. It did feel a bit rushed and you feel very observed. As soon as you put your fork on the table somebody rushes to take your plate away and one minute after you receive the next one. Once my parner hadn't even finished eating... Rethink a bit the timing.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 23, 2021 via mobile

It's not my first Michelin stars restaurant I visited, but it's the first which combines real traditional plates with an high quality standars, 2 Michelin stars are more than deserved. Furthermore location a luxury Villa in moorish style it's unique and service aligned with standard...of a multi Michelin stars. I chose the Italian Journey menu: it's a not easy journey a lot of plates.....My favorites were "Gragnano's Linguine" and "Sucking pig roasted": these probably are the best Italian plates, I've ever eaten, and I visited a 3 stars Michelin restaurant. Dulcis in fundo, we met Mr. Cannavacciulo: he was very gentle and emphatic, not all chefs are so. Prices you can check on their site.....aligned with a Michelin stars restaurant.....I can't wait to visit again!!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed February 2, 2021 via mobile

During the pandemic of COVID-19 the restaurant and the hotel are closed I can only admire the beautiful palace. ( The restaurant is direct by a famous Italian chef Cannavacciuolo ) This Villa with arabesque characters was built in 1879 by Cristoforo Benigno Crespi who...was an important textile entrepreneur, initially it was named Villa Pia in honor of his wife . The architect Angelo Colla designed it with a Middle East style . Beautiful. The tower can be seen several kilometers away from here.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed November 1, 2020

We visited Lake Orta for two days and could not miss a meal at Villa Crespi. Our lunch there was excellent, from the nibbles to the petits fours. We went à la carte and each chose a starter, a pasta dish and a main. All...were excellent - my wife thought the sea urchin linguine was the best pasta dish she ever had, and my risotto with cubes of veal kidney was excellent too. The main of eel that my wife had was special; my red mullet was very good; our daughter was very happy with her pigeon main. We had a bottle of Coppo Chardonnay riserva della Familia 2010, recommended by the sommelier - lovely, and better with every glass. We had lengthy exchanges with the sommeilier about what it takes to have Italian gastronomy survive the Corona pendemic, and about his experiences in Hong Kong (he was sommelier for two years at Arbor, an excellent 2 star place - reminiscing about the HK restaurant and food scene with him was a treat). In short, we have eaten worse in a number of three star restaurants all over the world, but only once or twice at the same level or better in a two star restaurant. This is most certainly a place we will return to.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 21, 2020 via mobile

Peerless from start to finish what could have been an intimidating and unpleasant experience was rendered warm, engaging and friendly by the terrific team. In our case a wonderful lady by the name of Erica worked hard to make our lunch of a lifetime as...perfect as possible. Generous, helpful, knowledgeable and thoroughly professional, Erica is exactly the kind of employee that we would all love to have on our team. The combination of her approach, the sublime presentation, the incredible surroundings and out of this world food made for a splendid experience. Go, if you can go twice. It’s sublime!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed May 18, 2020

Ristorante Villa Crespi has a perfect location and view. It surrounds the Orta San Guilio lake and a series of wonderful gardens. Even getting to the restaurant is dreamy as you go through the Milan highway and get the opportunity to admire the luxurious architecture of each...building. Everything about the food was fantastic, you could literally taste every ingredient on the plate. The head chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo even let us take a look throught his kitchen and we were able to see the making of those perfect dishes, I would definetly go back and I totally recommend it !More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed December 13, 2019

This restaurant certainly deserves its stars and accolades! The food was delicious and distinctive, with service to match. There were a lot of small courses, painstakingly and artistically presented, while the menu followed a good plan and achieved a well-balanced result. The minimalist decor provided...an interesting counterpoint to the ornate old ceilings. I went to bed satisfied and happy, hoping to dine here again!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed December 1, 2019 via mobile

Booked Villa Crespi for a special meal and it did not disappoint. From the moment you arrive at the gates you are treated like royalty; Wonderful service. Opted for the taster menu and accompanying drinks. Each course was wonderful plus it was nice to talk...to the waiters who knew so much about each dish and the ingredients. At the end of the meal it was a privilege to visit the kitchens to thank the cooks in person. Thank you 😊More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

We had dinner at Villa Crespi on our anniversary. The chef patron of Villa Crespi is the famous Italian celebrity chef Antonio Canavacciuolo who brought his Napolitan tradition to the north. The hotel-where the restaurant is located was originally built in Moorish style and is...situated right by Lake Orta. Besides the full a la carte menu they had 2 tasting menus. The Carpe Diem menu, 150 Euro and The Italian Journey from South to North menu for 190 Euro. The wine pairings are 70 and 90 Euros. After the long day journey we have opted for the a la carte selection that night. After the sommelier’s suggestion we have selected wines by the glass for the starters and pasta dish and we had a bottle of Santa Barbara Verdicchio Stefano Antonucci riserva 2014, it was very smooth and perfectly complemented the main dishes. We have started with a Piedmont raw meats and a "Tonno Vitellato” raw tuna starters, both plates were perfectly prepared with right balance of flavour and harmony. The saffron flavoured spaghetti with sea urchin and crispy quinoa was perfectly cooked The two main dishes- Piedmont Veal and Beef’s cheeks and tail with onion and vanilla puree-both were fabulous. The service was professional and courteous and the atmosphere was pleasant. Amazing experience well worth the money.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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You can order a la carte.
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There is a outside patio which is connected to the restaurant which may allow pets. Ultimately it will be up to Chef Cannavacciuolo.
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Ristorante Villa Crespi is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5