This restaurant, with the full name Osteria c'era una Volta, was on a back street in the old town near our apartment. We were tired after a full travel day and decided to eat here since it was so close and we love Italian. The inside was lovely and was filled with lots of happy looking people. When the waiter approached I began to go through my normal routine of explaining my severe allergy to cow milk protein - whey - but sharing that I could have any dairy product from a sheep, goat, or water buffalo. His English was limited so we soon were joined by the owner/chef, who also spoke very little English but was Italian. Once I made the mental switch from broken German to a little less broken Italian we learned that this chef had a set prix menu each evening: he decided what to serve based on what was best at the market that day. And he would willingly adjust my dishes to make certain that no cow dairy was included. We were so tired that we decided to stay and did not ask the price. But we knew it would be more expensive than our normal vacation meal. What followed, with perfect service, was one of the best meals we have ever had anywhere: lox with an amazing lemon balsamic drizzle, ravioli with the creamiest sheep cheese filling, a fork tender veal fillet with fresh wild mushrooms which were in season that week and zucchini, and a chocolate mouse - given to my husband since there was no way to adjust that for my allergy. I could not have eaten another bite anyway, I was so filled with the previous dishes. The suggested wine pairing was perfect. We were prepared when the bill arrived - 99 euros with service, but we did add more. Yes, more than we usually pay, and we had not expected such a special meal on our first night in town after being so tired. By the time we left, we knew we had experienced a special evening. I am amazed by a previous reviewer who complained about the amount of food. Neither of us could finish every course, and the veal fillet was massive and cooked exactly as requested. I believe this restaurant is open only for dinner. A couple was seated next to us and complained when the plan for the dinner was explained to them as they wanted spaghetti They left in a huff and some of the negative reviews may be from those who will not accept the vision of this chef. We adjusted our food budget for the next day and remember with a special fondness the experience at this restaurant.
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