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“Very nice meal!”
Review of Il Vicoletto

Il Vicoletto
Ranked #1 of 113 Restaurants in Stresa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Langhorne, PA
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Very nice meal!”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

On this trip to Italy, I was hoping we'd find a number of restaurants small local restaurants with reasonably-priced great food and wine. Il Vicoletto is just the type of place I was looking for. We arrived on a cool and rainy June night, so we opted to eat inside in the nicely-appointed dining room, although a few hardy soles were eating outside. Service by the two women in the front of the house was friendly and efficient. Food was excellent: light-as-air gnocchi in a simple fresh tomato sauce, burratta cheese-filled ravioli in a light sauce which didn't detract from the delicate flavor of the cheese, and perfectly-prepared lamb, served sliced on the plate with an eggplant sauce which was flavorful but complementary to the lamb. And while it seems every restaurant in Italy is on the warm/molten chocolate cake/souffle kick, few do it very well -- but this Valrhona chocolate souffle with a soft interior was right on the money; perhaps not local cooking, but a wonderful finish to the meal. A nice wine list featured wines from all the major regions in the northern half of the country; we enjoyed a modestly priced (22€) 2008 Barbera D'Alba which was quite good. There is a free parking lot around the corner, although finding your way in the narrow streets in this part of the town can be a little hit-or-miss if you're driving. Il Vicoletto delivered just the type of meal we were looking for -- very good food, reasonable prices, nice service. The menu has enough variety (we skipped the appetizer course completely, because we weren't hungry enough for a full 4-course meal; there were fish and beef selections on the menu as well) to satisfy most groups of diners. If you're in Stresa, a nice meal awaits at Il Vicoletto.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Eric J
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Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is in a side street off the main square in the small lakeside town of Stresa. It seems geared mainly to tourists but was a little better than I was expecting. Gazpacho lacked the intense tomato flavour that the best versions have, but it was reasonably well seasoned and at €8 not very expensive. Bread was grim though, rock hard supermarket fare, stale and virtually inedible. A ravioli dish of burratta was better, the pasta decent and quite well presented, each pasta parcel topped with a little bacon, which gave a welcome contrast to the richness of the cheese filling. Lurking in the wine list was an Antinori Tignello 2005 half bottle at just €35, which is pretty much the retail price of this wine. Service was pleasant. This is not a gourmet destination by any means, but a cut above the tourist trap fare that abounds around here.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Andy Hayler
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good service but watch the vegetables”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

eat here on our first night in Stresa on Monday 27th May. Atmosphere and service were very good with two ladies very efficently dealing with a room full of guests. The only negative was that I had the lamb and asked what vegetables you get with the lamb and was told carrots and courgettes - there were two carrots and two courgettes the size of peas so spoilt the meal really.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank MikeWatson509
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Stresa, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
306 reviews
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“wonderful evening with friends and gourmet dinner”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We have visited a few times Il Vicoletto. It is a tiny restaurant owned by a couple, the husband is the chef and the wife is the main hostess. There is only another person on the floor. If you like to eat well, this is one of the three top places in Stresa, the other two being Ristorante Piemontese and Il Clandestino. The last one is specialized with fish, Piemontese is specializing with Piemontese food and this Vicoletto has a menu that has a bit of everything, not a long list of things but enough to choose from. You cannot get a table unless you book before. Even if this was a Tuesday night in May and the weather was awful the place was packed, we saw a number of people turned back because they had no reservation. They have seats outside but because of the number of staff they can serve only a certain number of people so they do not fill up both inside and outside. When the sun is shining I suppose the tables outside will be filled up and as it was pouring rain only a very few chose to sit outside and a couple of tables of two were not occupied inside.xxx We chose nice carrot cake with smelted cheese and a dish of squid and they were all just delicious and excellent in all ways. We skipped the pasta, that is the first course and chose from the main courses, one of us had squid in black olive base, another chose lamb and I chose salmon. They were not fantastic, the salmon was a bit too uncooked, the lamb was average and the black olive was a bit too strong as a taste with the squid. Next time we will surely choose something from the pasta menu that is the first course instead. The deserts were wonderful, mango mousse was the best of all. xxx This is a wonderful place for a couple or a small group of people as the space is limited, delightful service and very pleasant atmosphere.

  • Visited May 2013
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Princeton, New Jersey
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“Excellent Food in a small alley”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Interesting menu with the broccoli and cheese flan with a cheese sauce being the star of the show. The setting was a little drab but comfortable. Service was friendly and efficient.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Frank P
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