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“Wonderful experience!”
Review of Il Baluardo - CLOSED

Il Baluardo
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating
Description: Excellent formal French-Italian restaurant, recently opened in Piazza (old town) part of Mondovi. Italian-French Chef Marc Laterni and his American sommelier wife do a masterful job, creating delicious seasonal dishes paired with local wines in an elegant, modern room with a theatre kitchen and a small coutyard garden for appertifs n open theatre kitchen and a charming pocket courtyard garden.
Cadiz, Spain
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience!”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

I've here several times....each surpasses the last. Beautiful restaurant. Overall a super experience. Highly recommended!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank KnaveTraveler
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Los Angeles
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Star in the kitchen, and from Michelin”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This restaurant deserves all the attention that it gets. Marc Lanteri is a soft spoken French chef who with his lovely American-Italian wife Amy Bellotti have created a divine place that is on top of the hill in Mondovi Italy, between the sea and close to Torino. It is worth the trip, as Chef Lanteri's unique takes on local cuisine with a modern French influence delight. The wine list is superb, with an affordable range of carefully chosen wines, as well as higher end bottles for the discerning.

I have been for special occasions and for a dinner that just became one. Each time the easy elegance of Il Baluardo left me feeling the magic that the other commenters talk about.
I prefer when going to a restaurant like this to let the menu be presented, and to enjoy the experience as the chef lays it out. I recommend that here.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Dadodan
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Eugene, Oregon
1 review
“Elegant, charming and delicious!”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Had the opportunity to eat here recently with friends and family and what an experience! We had a array of wonderful flavors prepared before our eyes in the beautiful "theater style kitchen." The wines were paired by our sommelier perfectly with these amazing dishes. Some of the magic we experienced included: Jerusalem artichoke amuse bouche w/ shaved white truffle to start, a delightful quiche, home made pastas (including a special bowl for our youngest that she was demanding more of while not even half way through it), Braised Beef cheek with a chestnut flour pasta that I will remember for many years to come. And the deserts, well terms like unbelievable and out of this world wouldn't even do them justice!!! The entire dining experience was wonderful.
The restaurant itself is beautiful and elegant, yet comfortable as if you are dining at friends lovely home, the architecture and artwork were a beautiful backdrop adding to the experience, the staff were so professional, friendly and knowledgeable it was nothing more than a "sit back and enjoy the ride" experience for those who love food and a rare dinning experience! I can definitely say that when I return to northern Italy Il Baluardo will be on the top of my list again and again.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Brad C
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A memorable dining experience”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We were the friends joining David-in-Kent-UK who wrote the last review about this superb restaurant in the delightful old town of Mondovi. From start to finish it would be impossible to fault anything. The ambiance, service and food were exceptional. Each course of the tasting menu we chose was exquisite with such well balanced flavours that one wanted to linger over every mouthful to try and understand how the talented chef, Marc Lanteri, had constructed the dish. Amy, the sommelier and wife of Marc, recommended the appropriate wine for each course and she chose wonderfully. This is a restaurant that we will have to visit again and as soon as possible! It is clear that Marc, Amy and their staff know and love what they do and, as customers, we loved and appreciated their efforts.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Ann P
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“An evening with friends”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Two friends from Burgundy, visiting us in Mondovi', joined us for dinner at Il Baluardo last night. We had the menu "Il Territorio" with wines chosen by the sommelier to go with the meal. Everything was memorable and wonderful - from the first amuse bouche (a delightfully fluffy pea soup) to the final desserts (I had a chocolate sphere with essence of raspberry in it - could not imaging anything better). A relaxed, happy dinner.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank David-in-Kent-UK
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