My fiance and I visited Ristorante Al Gondoliere twice while staying in Malcesine in the September of 2012.
We discovered it almost by chance after a painfully difficult evening of trying to find somewhere to eat, and to say we were pleasantly surprised would be a great disservice to this wonderful ristorante. The setting was unusual (and I love unusual). We were seated on the terrace, almost set back into the building, overlooking a small square, and surrounded by rustic trellising. There was a glimpse of Monte Baldo, or its surrounding mountains, through the other buildings in the square, and on the second night this was framed and certainly not ruined by sharp stabs of white lightning cracking through the sky.
I should say that the lightning storm was held at bay from us by the canopy, which covered a good 90% of the terrace when we were there.
Nothing - not the setting, nor the incredible hospitality of the staff, nor the friendliness of our fellow diners - could ever hope to match the standard of the food. I could have been in nirvana, surrounded by comedians, part-time body-builders, with Rumours playing on repeat through high bass speakers, and it could not stand up to the same dizzying standards as were presented to me on those plates. The pasta was just so good that, seven months on, I can still remember the fresh nutty taste of just the tortelli pasta in the oil drizzle.
I do not think there are enough words in our humble language to describe the home-made tiramisu. Sublime barely covers it. I could have had ten and not grown bored.
All things considered, this is my favourite restaurant in the world. So far. It would take god-like prowess over a stove and god-given luck in location to even contend with it. Fantastic.
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