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Ristorante Ambrosia

Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
+39 0575 604715
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I agree with others that have said the reviews are over blown. And I am one who believes that any restaurant can have a bad dish or even a bad night, this night all of our six dishes were off. My wife and I had...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank anthonyb6
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely meal here this evening with exceptionally cooked food. The service was very attentive. Thank you for a great evening with food we very much enjoyed.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank oxdent
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

We have been in Tuscany for several weeks. While the good has been good. Most of the restaurants have the same menu. This one is different and exceptional. There are actually fish items on the menu. Had salmon that was cooked to perfection. My husband...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank sucasa2
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

We ate here a number of times during our stay in Cortona. We tried meat, fish and vegetarian dishes between us and all were delicious! The wines we tried were all recommendations and all superb. The restaurant has a lovely ambience and was always busy,...More

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Andystevens1969
Reviewed October 8, 2018

This place was a real FIND!! The food was wonderful and the staff are very friendly, guiding us through the menu and not rushing us to order. The complimentary extras they serve are a nice surprise and of course the lemoncelo to finish off the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank CWSydney
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this place for dinner! Cozy inside and loved the atmosphere. Zucchini flower to start, pici pasta, salmon and steak were amazing! House wine is a must as it’s too good for the price to pass up! Would definitely come back here for dinner!...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank smspri2
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Small restaurant but with high quality standard. Friendly chatty staff who were keen to help. Grilled/ baked salmon main was superb, wife’s gnocchi non traditional alternative was amazing. Courgette flower stuffed with ricotta very good. Bread tomato soup was good but very bready. Lovely meal....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank robert_brant
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

We had a great experience with Matteo!We spent 3 hours learning how to cook - he taught us a lot about the food as well as the history of the restaurant. We then sat down to enjoy our 4 course meal that we prepared. Which...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Alison D
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

We had read a lot of reviews about the restaurant. It is suppose to be the tenth best restaurant in Cortona measured on the reviews on Tripadvisor. The wine we chose they did not have. Two of three starters were disappointing. The main dishes was...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Turist46
Matteo S, Proprietario at Ristorante Ambrosia, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2018

Hi, we are sorry if your experience was really so disappointing, as far as the starters we know it was everything went well and his wife had seemed really enthusiastic about it, talking of second courses, our salmon is freshly processed and cut down according...More

Reviewed July 23, 2018

Just up from the main square is this superb gem of a restaurant. Matteo is a mega chef and his passion shines through in his food. Additionally there is a real slice of history with the Etruscan well at the back of the room.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank chris b
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$28 - $45
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:15 PM - 10:15 PM
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
7:15 PM - 10:15 PM
7:15 PM - 10:15 PM
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
7:15 PM - 10:15 PM
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
7:15 PM - 10:15 PM
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
7:15 PM - 10:15 PM
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Arezzo  >  Cortona
  • Phone Number: +39 0575 604715
  • E-mail
In mythology, ambrosia is the food or the drink of the gods.From this I was inspired to give the name to my restaurant.I want my customers when eat the food cooked by me in a place with unique atmosphere and accompanied by the sound of running water behind them, with the Etruscan well, they feel special, like gods.To achieve this ambitious goal requires care and attention to every details, not only in the kitchen, trying to honor our tradition and at the same time knowing how to be innovative.Tradition and innovation are the basis for the construction of my restaurant since the renovation of an ancient property with its history and its remarkable passages then would become Restaurant Ambrosia.We've uncovered many elements hidden by time (the arches, the inner well and the beautiful stone wall with a fall of rain-fed), but at the same time we used the best materials and modern components to ensure high level services.Combination of tradition and innovation has also guided the choice of menu. This is divided into two parts, one with typical preparation, related to the area where I was born and raised, and one with with a cooking full of imagination, innovation and provocation.I think it's duty of every chef know how to prepare dishes that are part of the context in which they were born and raised, but at the same time to test changes on these bases."A classic dish with a little touch of fantasy becomes a dish unique that only you can find in THAT restaurant, cooked in THAT way, according to the fancy of THAT Chef."
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