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“A brilliant experience!”

Il Cucchiaio di Legno
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Epsom, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A brilliant experience!”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

We had a fabulous meal here on our last night in Orta. 24 Euros for eight courses of fabulous Italian food. The restaurant was full of locals and was lively and friendly. You need to book and there's no choice apart from pudding but there is so much food that there is something for everyone.

Great value, Great food and Great service! Definitely one of our favourites in Orta.

  • Visited September 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“exceedingly good value”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Stayed at the hotel next door for two nights, and ate at the restaurant both nights. It was that good. The Menu at 24 euros is incredible value. The place is full of locals as well. The staff are passionate about their business, and explain each dish as it is presented. The wine is also good value and their is a selection of local grappa to round off the meal. Booking is essential, you won't regret it.

  • Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
317 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
“Worth the trip, even if you're not staying at the place”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We were staying at Il Cucchiaio di Legno (it has accommodation as well as a restaurant) and hadn't initially thought to eat here. But boy are we glad we did! What a pleasant surprise.

Dinner consists of a set menu - there is no choice - so that might be a drawback for some. We decided we'd take what we got, and everything we had was very good. For a fixed price of 24 euros we were treated to a feast of something like 8 or 10 dishes (some small, some quite copious). This is stunningly good value and I hope they keep it up.

We chose to sit outside, and joined another couple already installed at one of the tables. It was a pleasantly casual arrangement and we enjoyed not only dinner, but also good company.

We had no idea of what to expect (although there had been a quick review of the meal to come, there was simply so many dishes we'd not been able to remember them all) and as each dish came it was another surprise. Everything was obviously prepared with fresh and local ingredients and was very tasty. From memory there were some small onions, a platter with melon and cured ham and mortadella, then a salmon dish, some ravioli, a porcini risotto (delicious!), a salad, some chicken, and an oven-baked veal dish (melt-in-your-mouth). Finally for dessert there was a choice of panna cotta, crème brulée, semi freddo and more.

We started dinner at 20:00, and didn't finish until almost midnight. It was a lovely evening.

Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited July 2013
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chicago
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Terrific concept. Execution needs work.”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

We were very intrigued about this farm to table restaurant. There is one set menu for the evening, and essentially everyone in the restaurant is served at the same time. While the food was good, I feel that we missed out on the details of the dishes and what wine would work best, because of the language barrier. The food as a whole was straightforward, wholesome, and a good value. With the rigidity of the set menu, it was surprising that they offered a selection of at least a half dozen choices for dessert.

  • Visited June 2013
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Lecco, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“Homestyle cooking at it's best”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

While you don't have the option to pick and choose from a menu (it's a set deal that changes daily), I can hardly imagine that anyone would even want to, given the expert preparation of the dishes. This is the kind of dining that makes one think of an italian mama in the kitchen - honest, traditional cooking served in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Multi-lingual staff so no problem communicating. An absolutely wonderful experience!

  • Visited June 2013
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