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Ristorante Villa Crespi

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A 19C villa in Moorish - style situated on the lake shore. The exuberance of the stucco decor is echoed by the cooking of the enthusiastic Neapolitan c...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
Extremely comfortable restaurant.
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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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Reviewed September 24, 2019

This restaurant fully met the purpose of our visit - the birthday of my wife. Very tasty and beautiful dishes. Well-chosen wines. Stylish interior.

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Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 9, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful calm atmosphere with attentive staff. The food was stunning! Course after course interesting and lovely to eat. We had a lovely evening

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019 via mobile

Would have been nice to enjoy an aperitivo on the lake view terrace at the Villa Crespi, as my son is a great fan of Chef Cannavacciuolo. Had not pretention of dining specially because we did not reserve in advance, as known. However, after a...reasonably kind welcome, we were declined having the possibility of staying on the terrace. We just had a mere chance to make the round of the outsides of the building and terrace. My son asked for the bathroom and we were not allowed to use their toilets!!! Excessively pretentious. Real Luxury goes hand in hand with politeness. Exclusiveness is not achieved this way.... no need to go all the way to Villa Crespi next time, knowing this is the attitude! I have my real doughs Chef Cannavacciuolo would approve not require such behavior.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Response from 141Dini | Reviewed this property |
You can order a la carte.
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Response from 522lour | Reviewed this property |
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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  • Yes, Ristorante Villa Crespi is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • Ristorante Villa Crespi is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 5