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“Perfect Italian Dinner”
Review of Symposium

Symposium
Ranked #228 of 2,792 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Isidro
Reviewed April 21, 2013

A little hard to find (the named is etched in glass on the door and there is no sign so we drove by it twice), Symposium is an excellent little secret in Lima. At the end of the night we were saying the food was exactly like our honeymoon in Tuscany, simple but delicious. The wine list is possibly the biggest in Lima (it looks like a book) and runs from reasonable Argentinean to 10 thousand Sole bottles of french wine. We had an excellent bottle of nobile de montepulciano for a decent price for an import and the sommelier was extremely helpful. The menu has a long antipasto and pasta course and about 8 or 9 entrees, portions are perfect sized so that you could eat 3 courses(antipasto, pasta and main) and a dessert. We shared an appetizer and pasta course then each got an entree, the black truffle raviolis were amazing as was the ossobucco with polenta. we also enjoyed the tiramisu and il moro dessert. Everything about the restaurant just excels from the food, to the attentive but non invasive service to the decor. Highly recommended and a nice break from Peruvian food if you are looking for a little variety.

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Thank Aegir101
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Wewent with locals that happen to be friends with the owner. He offered to would organise a 4 course tasting menu which was executed to perfection! The service was simply impeccable! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!! This has to be the best kept secret of locals in Lima. Can't wait to go back there again!

Thank RoxinBA
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Last night I went with my family to celebrate my daughters birthday and was delighted by the great choice. Service is really good and the owner came to attend us personally, as he does at every table. He recommended and described the main dishes and all of us had a great dinner.
The wine decanters are beautiful and the variety of its wine selection is fantastic.
It serves authentic Italian dishes, not a fusion with Peruvian tastes. The six of us shared a few great first dishes, do not miss the mushrooms nor the beef carpaccio. The main dishes were fantastic, I tried the rabbit and was delicious and the risottos fantastic. The pasta dishes are unique and varied. And what to say about the desserts is not enough as they are all delicious.

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Thank xochitl
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Symposium is a classy, low profile restaurant whose owner Marco started a few years ago and which has been awarded the distinction of Best Italian Restaurant in Peru. His menu is truly remarkable and very sophisticated preserving the essence of Italian food characteristics. Marco's presence is always felt in every detail. His easy going manner makes guests feel at home right away. He always helps in choosing the menu with very good suggestions and he changes the options according to the seasons. During the European White Truffle season he managed to get those straight from Italy including them on the menu in a variety of ways. His wine cellar has some outstanding Italian wines as well as other choices from the best South American vineyards.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The ambient, food, service and decoration were incredible and beautiful. We went in a big group (10 people), and loved all the food. Personally, I recommend the motzarella di buffala as a entrée, the spagheti nere di fruit di mare, and the chocolate egg for desserts. A must when dining in Lima.
PS: We went for celebrating a birthday, they even supplied us complimentary a delicious chocolate mousse.

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Thank luismatteodb
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