Bertuchi’s is off the beaten path of people visiting the Barrio Historic in Cuenca. Since cab fares are ridiculously cheap in this city this should not be a problem. The restaurant has an open food preparation area including a huge masonry pizza oven (wood-fired, like it supposed to be, Italian restaurant owners in the U.S. take note) which puts out also all the fabulous "gratinata" dishes. Portions are huge, everything is fresh (try the Ensalada Bertuchi or Ensalada Cesar) as a starter and work your way through excellent (truly!) pasta dishes, I guess more than forty of them, or the regular meat, chicken or sea food entrees. Sit next to the open kitchen and you can see and smell the chef sautéing with white wine and/or cognac. Delicious. On a recent visit on a Saturday afternoon the typically local crowd was huge, so be prepared. Highly recommended. Extremely reasonably priced. The service is efficient, friendly and the male waiter even speaks English. Sorry, no white or red/white checkered tablecloth. The napkins are made of paper. The restaurant has a full bar. The only thing which got on my nerves was the muzak piped in to the restaurant. I like Villa Rosa for the fantastic ambiance but Bertuchi’s serves the better food. Maybe it is the best restaurant in Cuenca.
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