We were actually staying at Palazzo Marziale and were really looking forward to eat here after reading the TA reviews. Unfortunately it was fully booked on our first night, so we had to book for the next day and they even let my 7 year old choose the table (which made her look forward to the meal at 'her' table!)
We had the earliest booking at 7 pm, so luckily it was quiet to start with. The food was amazing, really well presented and very tasty. I only wish I had been a little hungrier, but I had had a big lunch too (it was Italy after all and I just couldn't stop eating!)
I ordered one of the menus which was brilliant, everything was outstanding (though by the time of the seabass I could hardly breath!) The ravioli were particularly tasty, some of the best I have ever tried.
My only advice would be that this is truly a fine dining experience, lasting a good 2 hours, which would have been no problem had we not been with our young children. Although I of course knew it was by no means a trattoria but a nice place, I wasn't expecting fine dining either. I might have done otherwise as it was a bit nerve wrecking having the only children in the restaurant and I didn't want to spoil anyone's dinner. But to be fair no one (staff or fellow diners) was anything but nice and gracious to my children and they managed to behave appropriately (most of the time!), though it was probably a bit much to ask them to sit down quietly for 2h after a very long day out.
The service was very, very slow, but it was a busy night and probably expected for a fine dining experience (and might have been helpful to build my appetite between courses!)
The restaurant is beautiful, in keeping with the hotel it is tastefully decorated, very elegant and a lot of attention to detail (from the cuttlery to the linen everything was just perfect). Even the menus are different for men and women (only the former had got prices on, which was a rather old fashioned touch, but like it's indeed done in certain upmarket outlets).
All in all, a memorable dinner experience in a beautiful place.
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