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“Delicious dinner in a beautiful space”
Review of Il Santo Bevitore

Il Santo Bevitore
Ranked #23 of 60 Restaurants in Tolentino
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Reviewed February 13, 2019

Local friends invited us to dinner here and we are thankful for the introduction. It's a new favorite! The space is gorgeous. Lit softly but adequately with arches and vaulted ceilings, tastefully decorated, the interior is memorable. The wood tables are large and the space is laid out in a way that makes it equally good for couples or groups. The stemware, table linens and silverware are quality without being overly fussy or pretentious. It is an immediately welcoming space.

The service was professional and friendly. We started with the antipasti, which was a combination of hot and cold seafood dishes prepared in a creative and delicious way. The tapas sized plates kept arriving, each one better than the last. It was enough to make an entire meal!

For secondi our group ordered: the polenta with ciauscolo, which was divine. The ahi tuna, which was perfect and fresh, and octopus, which was plated beautifully in a local wine reduction and was also sublime.

The chef is from Milan so there are a few Milanese hints scattered in the menu and he does amazing things with local ingredients. There is enough tradition to satisfy someone looking for local cuisine, but also enough diversity to tempt someone who is looking for something a little different.

There is an outdoor garden area out back in good weather. The restaurant is tucked away down the street from the main piazza and bell tower. Take a left facing the bell tower and walk down, it will be on your left. I definitely recommend. It was a memorable meal in a gorgeous space.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

Somewhat hidden down a tiny lane just off the main piazza of Tolentino is this gem. The space is really well-designed and welcoming. Very old elements of the original architecture - including vaulted ceilings - have been preserved in the terrific restoration of the space. We love the look of the place. The hosts, Paolo and Nadia, are good, genuine welcoming people...they make you feel right at home. The restaurant has a menu that includes fish, and meat. The true soul of the kitchen shines bright on the fish side of the menu. One of my gripes around Le Marche is that lots of restaurants look the same and serve the same (old) stuff. This restaurant destroys that mold. Nothing here -- not how the place looks and not what the chef creates -- is anything like the same old stuff. The antipasto freddo/caldo just kept making us want some more, with each tapas-like plate that arrived. Flavorful, creative, delicious dishes, one better than the other! I want to emphasize that the creativity here was not the crazy or pretentious kind of creativity you see in lots of places, It was good, honest creativity in the kitchen that manifested in terrific dishes by mixing flavors, cultures, spices and the like. The secondi we ordered included a perfectly cooked octopus dish and a baccala dish done in the hearty local style of the port city of Ancona. The wine list is great, including lots of sparkling wines and proseccos, including many of local production. We thoroughly enjoyed this meal -- great food, gorgeous location, terrific chef and lovely hosts. So, go to the piazza in Tolentino, face the bell-tower and go left down the little lane...Il Santo Bevitore will not disappoint.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Date of visit: May 2019
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Date of visit: May 2019
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Date of visit: December 2018
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