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“Unassuming and superb”

Trattoria dell'Orso
Ranked #33 of 173 Restaurants in Orvieto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Cape Town
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Unassuming and superb”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

There is no outside dining here, only 2 small rooms typically Italian family style. We were greeted by Ciro who told us the menu for the evening. No menus here. My wife choose a half portion of fettuccine with mushrooms and black truffle sauce and I the fettuccine with octopus sauce. Washed down with a carafe of Orvieto white wine. Both to die for. This done the orders for mains were placed. Mine was rabbit and and my wife's was pheasant with a truffle sauce both accompanied with a plate of mixed veg and some orvieto red wine. Magnificent. Chef Gabriele works all by himself in a tiny kitchen and is so charming. Grazie.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Hugh W
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NYC
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best pasta in Orvieto, great experience!”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Trattoria Dell'Orso is a terrific little place -- it is amazing what they are able to do with one person in the kitchen, and one person working the 2 small front rooms. We were served family-style, and the three pasta dishes that came out of the kitchen were exceptionally good. Fettucine with porcini mushrooms and black truffle was particularly good, but so was a simple tomato and basil sauce. We got several second courses (rabbit, steak, chicken) and they were great. The service was warm, friendly and super helpful. The restaurant is an intimate place, and we had a great meal, and a great time there.

  • Visited August 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful little restaurant”
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Great little place with very friendly and charming host. No real menu just specials all cooked to order. Everything was perfectly cooked in traditional Umbrian style but with flair. The chef circulated so you could discuss the dishes and much more.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Rick6d
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“The best restaurant in Orvieto”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We have come here time and again as do a lot of other very satisfied customers. Very friendly - excellent food. It does not disappoint - the pasta and the steaks are out of this world. An amazing experience.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank robertbyrne
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Durham, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Slow food in Orvieto”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is a charming restaurant in the heart of Orvieto. It is a short distance off of Piazza della Repubblica. As you enter the Piazza on Corso Cavour take the first right into a narrow pathway and the restaurant is up the way about 50 meters, on the right.

There is no printed menu in this restaurant. Partners Ciro and Gabriele are a perfect team to ensure you have a pleasant evening and great meal. Ciro describes what Gabriele has prepared and can and will make sure suggestions. Gabriele only uses fresh ingredients, some of which he grows himself. For carnivores the meat is from local farms and is essentially free-range. Nothing hormone-grown is served here. The flavor of the food and Gabriele's art in the kitchen make for a delicious meal. It is not unusual for both of them to join you at your table as the evening winds down and the conversation is both memorable and fun.

The food in not inexpensive but it is reasonably priced for its quality and preparation. We're looking forward to many more enjoyable meals on our return visits.

  • Visited May 2013
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3 Thank GCR49
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