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“A bit hit and miss!”

I Giardini di Ararat
Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in Bagnaia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $35
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Giardini di Ararat Bagnaia is a farmhouse hotel, surrounded by the Cimini Mountains, that embraces the idea of the inn as a meeting place for the traditions and customs of the area, a hub for local food and wine. The restaurant offers a menu in accordance with the principles of Slow Food, seasonality and the surrounding nature, for true zero-kilometre cuisine with zero environmental impact. The perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding, at the Giardini di Ararat you can recreate a classic reception from the good old days, enjoy a more casual party such as a picnic on the grass, or even celebrate your civil union in the fairy-tale chestnut woods.
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A bit hit and miss!”
Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled upon this restaurant by chance and although it was closed the owners showed us round and gave us a bit of a tour. As they'd been so welcoming and the views were stunning we decided to book for the following Saturday.

The waiter was very helpful and friendly but he seemed rushed off his feet. Unfortunately a few of the dishes were a bit disappointing. The batter on the courgette flowers was thick and stodgy, not light and crisp as we'd expected. We also ordered a side of their home grown tomatoes, which turned out to be a plain tomato cut into four chunks. Similarly, we ordered a mixed green salad which just contained lettuce- all the same type. As the waiter was so rushed off his feet we didn't get any oil or vinegar to dress the salad despite reminding him. He did take the salad off the bill at the end as we didn't eat any of it and had finished our meals by the time the oil arrived.

The staff are really helpful but they seemed under staffed. The scenery is incredible and there are a lot of lovely touches around the place, unfortunately some of the food lets it down. The hare/rabbit pate was the highlight - very tasty!

Thank Louise181285
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“A beautifully located disappointment”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

The place is magnificent and the location awesome. Views at sunset are breathtaking. We were warmly welcomed and the list seemed highly promising. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to our expectations. My pasta was bland, and so were the cakes. The waitress was very helpful but served our second drinks too late, when we were about to have our cakes. She was slightly overeager to please and lacking manners (she just about shouted out the grand total to my friend when I was not supposed to know how much the bill was). If you want to spend a beautiful day somewhere magical outside Viterbo I can strongly recommend it. I am sure you will end up finding something to eat to your liking, too.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank FranBoyle
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Dundee, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A beautiful place to eat traditional Italian food.”
Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

A very warm welcome followed by an aperitif outside in the beautiful gardens. Relaxed atmosphere and a menu that changes according to what is available from the garden. The views are incredible and the food is seasonal, very tasty and good value. We really like this place and would certainly look forward to returning again

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ruth D
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Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A romantic experience”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

To get to the restaurant follow Strada Romana up when coming from Bagnaia. Eventually you will see a small wooden sign to the left saying "I Giardini di Ararat" in cursive. Pay attention since you can easily miss it.

The restaurant is beautiful, feels like going into someone's cabin house. The service was great, the waitress was very friendly and pleasant and translated the whole menu to English for us.

Unfortunately the food was no more than ok, the portions were small and bit expensive. The Antipasti was oily and lacked seasoning, the rabbit was dry, the lasagna was very small and not that great.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank ozrich
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Mainz, Germany
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“A must!”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is a must if you're in the area! They grow their own food and even have local beer. Amazing Italian food that goes way beyond the basic pomodoro. It's a culinary experience with out being too stiff or clinical. The decor is charming and the grounds beautifully maintained. It's obvious in every detail that Laura puts her heart and soul into her establishment.

Visited August 2013
Thank jenn b
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