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“Quite a surprise”

Ristorante del Mercato
Ranked #50 of 173 Restaurants in Spoleto
Price range: $24 - $54
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed August 11, 2014

The "tourist central" location and decor of the terrace seating gave the impression of just one more standard tourist restaurants, but we decided to give it a try on the basis of good tripadvisor buzz and sore feet. What we ate was actually quite surprising, even the presentation of such standard local fare as strangozzi alla spoletina was subtle rather than hearty. A fonduta al tartufo was the high point of the meal. Good and prompt service, good attention to balance in taste and textures, and a fully adequate wine list, all for quite a reasonable bill

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Reviewed July 7, 2014

This place looks like basically any other restaurant on basically any other piazza. We stopped in for dinner mostly because it was close to where we were staying and it seemed lively at 10:30 or so. Lively is perhaps an understatement: the place was clearly understaffed, but everyone involved was working their butts off so we waited patiently. The food was really excellent all around: between three of us, we tried five or six different dishes and there was not a dud among them. My favorite was the unassuming strangozzi alla Spoletina, which is available everywhere in Spoleto, but was done to perfection here. It's such a simple dish that subtle differences from restaurant to restaurant are easy to pick up; here, the sauce was the standout, a bit more heat and a bit more umami than I tasted elsewhere. Another Spoleto standard, the lentil soup, was perfectly prepared and served in a comically large portion given the price. The one dish that was maybe slightly underwhelming was the cinghiale stew, which was perfectly tasty but outdone by another cinghiale dish I tried two days later at La Cantina in Spello. A simple and cheap wine list and a friendly (if harried) waiter brought us back a few days later for another meal, which was also a hit. Highly recommended for overall balance of price, location, quality, and presentation.

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Thank Matthew S
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

We stopped in for a quick bite while revisiting Spoleto. The food here is excellent. And the best wine was inexpensive. Folks good cooking is not hard to do. And they show they can do good cooking very well. Please come and enjoy a bite at this restaurant.

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Thank Catherine D
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

This restaurant is in the most lively part of Spoletto. We went there twice during our short stay and although it was not as busy as a nearby restaurant, it was consistently good food of good value with pleasant service.

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Thank John E
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This has a great location in the Piazza Mercato so you can do plenty of people watching! The food is good and they make a real effort with presentation and service.

Thank Shona-Charlie
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