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“Gem on Bardolino's Main Street.”
Review of Osteria al Capitel

Osteria al Capitel
Ranked #45 of 138 Restaurants in Bardolino
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $39
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Traditional Italian cooking located at the crossroad at Via Don, between Hotel Al Sole and Hotel Nettuno
Nuremberg, Germany
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Gem on Bardolino's Main Street.”
Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Went here as it stays open later for lunch than most other restaurants in Bardolino (3pm vs 2pm).
Glad we did. Friendliest owner ever who took the time to talk about the menu and make small talk with the family.
Amazing antipasti of fresh mozzarella with Parma ham. Mozzarella was one of the best I've ever tried, while the ham was subtle.
Main dish of tortellini with truffles and mushroom and this was fantastic as well.
Kid friendly place and they can adjust the menu to meet the needs of the kids picky palate.
Rustic environment and we sat in private side room with fireplace which was plenty loud with the Italian locals.

One of only 2 restaurants that stay open in the winter.

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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“By far the best resaurant in the area.”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

From the road its easy to miss because of its small size but don't let this fool you, through the back is a lovely sitting garden with big unmbrellas for shade and bannana trees (which if you stare at long enough you can see them grow).
When you enter the building you are greeted with an array of history, the building itself is one of the oldest in the town and boasts quite stunning decor.
The staff are extremely nice and welcoming and have excellent linguistic abilities, between them speaking English German Dutch and Italian.
All this plus good value for money!!. Excellent.
If ever I do return to Lake Garda this might have to be one of the first places on my to do list.

  • Visited August 2012
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3 Thank Mr_Blaze81
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent home cooked food”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

The guy who greeted us was wonderful he could speak english and went through the menu explaining everything. He had travelled and had worked in London. This was the best food we had had all holiday. Good value and lots of it.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank MikeH83
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent restuarant with the friendliest of staff”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Came across this restuarant by accident and it was so good we came back three times.Very simple menu well executed- cracking caprese with the best mozzarella-sliced beef with peppercorns and an excellent crime brûlée- take me back now! The staff went out of their way to ensure everything was perfect - Highly recommended

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank kirstygirl
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north west england
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 358 helpful votes
“Recommended unreservedly”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Al Capitel is one of those restaurants you hope to come across when you’re in an unfamiliar area. Great service. And great food – the menu playing heavily to fish from the lake and other local ingredients. The sort of place where you want to give it the full works. So we did – antipasto, primi, secondi and dolci.

There were substantial antipasti. On one plate, pike. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that on a menu before, let alone eaten it. I know some folk say the fish can have a muddy flavour and there is a sort of mild earthiness to it, but only in the background flavours. I wouldn’t necessarily be in a rush to order it again. The other starter was the northern Italian classic of sarde e saour – sweet and sour sardines. We were unsure what lake fish had been used to replace the usual saltwater ones but they were very similar in look and taste. Meltingly soft onions and wine vinegar provided the sour and a scattering of raisins provided the sweet. Both dishes were substantial offerings as a couple of slices of grilled polenta were included.

For the pasta course, macceroncini came with tiny prawns (not from the lake), a little rocket and lots of tomato. The pasta is made on the premises and made very well. These were big fat things – larger than the macaroni I’m used to seeing – perfectly cooked to al dente. Another bit of perfect pasta cookery was with the agnoletti – here stuffed with a beetroot mousse and covered with Mount Veronese cheese and a reduced balsamic vinegar sauce. The sauce was intended to be sweet and, in truth, only just managed to be on the right side of “too sweet” – the owner told us that some customers do in fact find it overly sweet.

For mains, fegato alla Veneziana was a classic version of the regional dish. Thin slices of calves liver, flash fried so that it was still pink. A delicious sauce based on thinly sliced onions, cooked long and slow. A handful of boiled potatoes added yet another carb to my dinner. A fried lavarello (no, me neither – the best translation I can find is “common whitefish”) was the other dish, garnished with pink peppercorns which gave it a nice little kick. Simple, no nonsense cooking here. It needed nothing more – although we had taken an order of vegetables.

Now, pretty much stuffed to bursting, we managed to share a dessert – by which I mean I ordered one and my companion in life grabbed a couple of spoonfuls. The panna cotta was spot-on, with just the right hint of wobble and served with a lovely rich caramel sauce.

It doesn’t look much of a place, even when you look inside but it’s a place I can unreservedly recommend to anyone who loves good food.

Visited September 2012
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