I reserved a table in The Library Romantic (there’s also a Library Bistro) for my wife and myself on the back of the positive tripadvisor reviews and we weren't disappointed. The atmosphere created in this intimate and charming restaurant is fantastic and, as the name states, romantic really is the best way to describe it.
That's not to detract from the food as it was of an extremely high standard. Traditional Italian dishes, although perhaps of the slightly lesser well known variety, made with the best ingredients available which, when you're in Italy, means the best ingredients available anywhere.
My wife had a pasta dish with white (I think) truffles that she confirmed was the best food she'd had in Italy to date. As this is was our second trip to the country, with the first being our honeymoon when we were splashing out on top quality meals most days, this was high praise indeed. My turbot main was also superb and I heard a few of the other diners as they were leaving actually recommending it to the new arrivals!
My only real criticism would be that while the waiter spent a great deal of time and effort helping us select an excellent wine that complimented all our choices (a Brunello, sorry I can’t remember the exact details) perhaps he could have given us a bit more advice when it came to choosing our food. Having travelled extensively in Italy I am well aware that portion sizes can be large and that choosing a pasta dish as a starter can leave you full after just one course however I doubt that I, a man well known for his 'healthy appetite', could have finished my wife's steak main even bypassing the first course. It was delicious but a complete waste since Herself only managed a couple of bites before admitting defeat and I noticed that the table next to us had similar problems. Anyway my point is that since the dish itself cost approximately the same as the (€40) bottle of wine I feel we could have been given a bit of a friendly steer.
Speaking of costs, ignore the price range of $30-$90 given in the information section here as it's completely unrealistic. Think roughly €20 for a starter/pasta then €30 give or take a few Euro for most mains. I would like to emphasise that the food and setting is worth every cent! (Apart from the Whisky that is. As a 'prudent' Scotsman I know that a dram should not set you back €15 as it did here!)
P.S Their website is terrifying so don’t make any judgements based on it!
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