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Ristorante Ambrosia

Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
+39 0575 604715
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

Can't understand why this isn't the best rated restaurant in Cortona. The food, the ambience, the warmth of the staff. There's nothing like having Chef Matteo great you, and remember your last visit and what you had. The Tuna 3 and the Bistecca Florentine are...More

Thank tcasto99
Reviewed September 27, 2016

Visited this restaurant 3 times in the past 2 weeks. By far the best restaurant in the old city of Cortona! The cook and his team create a wonderful menu with fresh ingredients, typical Tuscan, but with Matteo's own style. The restaurant itself is located...More

Thank F S
Reviewed September 26, 2016

We had an unbelievable cooking lesson and dinner at this restaurnt.It was the best meal we have had in our two week trip to Italy. the chef owner is very talented and his dishes are creative and wonderful. The restaurant is beautifully retored. this is...More

Thank naomi s
Reviewed August 25, 2016

A very warm welcome awaits you in this small restaurant in beautiful Cortona. Lovely food chosen from a small but interesting menu. The Chef / Owner Matteo always comes to ask about your experience and you realise he has a passion for food that he...More

Thank nigelwelch
Reviewed August 23, 2016

The food is to die for, its really manna from heaven. Fabulous atmosphere, interesting decoration, a well and water coming down the walls. But what makes it special is the food and the welcome.

Thank Sandra M
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant's setting is quite exceptional: no outside dining, but inside some kind of cave, with a refreshing water party at the back wall and beneath the restaurant floor. Nice. My wife started with a stylish melanzana parmiggiana dish. A light, fresh starter. I took...More

Thank Erik_Tervuren
Reviewed August 15, 2016

The ambiente of this restaurant is very nice, you can see the well under your legs :-) The food and price match. Service also fine. RECOMMENDED!!!

1  Thank Jozef R
Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Well worth four hours and a not small sum - let Chef Matteo teach you painstakingly how to make four dishes, including two types of pasta, then serve them up beautifully with local Syrah and excellent ambience. We LOVE Ristorante Ambrosia!

Thank Shayna E
Reviewed July 28, 2016

We stayed in Cortona for two weeks and ate at seven of the top restaurants as recommended by Tripadvisor. All were very good with varying degrees of specialisation, although on balance we tended to prefer the more traditional Trattoria. I had the tagliatelle al cinghiale...More

Thank Tony G
Reviewed June 16, 2016

Tasty Italian food. Value for money. Huge servings and extremely friendly staff set in a very old building.

Thank Dorothee C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $47
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
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
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Arezzo  >  Cortona
  • Phone Number: +39 0575 604715
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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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