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“Best italian restaurant in Odessa”

Fratelli Ristorante & Enoteca
Ranked #3 of 1,395 Restaurants in Odessa
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: FOUNDERS' WELCOME on FRATELLI MISSION Dear Friends! We are absolutely sure that genuine food means sincere and honest pursuit. It is fated that we are not as keen to constantly reduce the net cost of the meals we offer as professional restaurateurs are. Having the favor of alternative business, we thought that we can afford to refuse from monkey restaurant business and try to play on a different field. We have focused on maximally ecological food and instead refused from a handful of culinary tricks such as “liquid smoke”, disputable preservation technologies, “reviving” escargots with special salt solution… etcetera, etcetera.We are proud to say that we simply refuse to have any other water except self-filtered through our own professional filter unit. Coming back from Italy to Ukraine, we were seldom satisfied with local restaurants, for it is never pleasant to overpay for vines that cost times less in a store nearby. For this reason the level of extra charge for vines at Fratelli is agreeable for your eyes and your wallet. We also think it normal to carry in a bottle of your favorite wine (of course, if it is missing from Fratelli wine collection) and enjoy it with a company of your pals, having paid just a modest “cork fee” for the pleasure. In our opinion, at a restaurant it is fair to make profit mainly on what you cook and serve, not on re-selling. We do not believe in restaurants that entertain and serve food at the same time. This is why we don't have plasma screens, we don’t offer show-programs, and our music never contradicts your stomach. Our goal is to rise the gastronomic level of Odessa, developing the restaurant devoted to nothing but food. The truth lies in our plate!And about the food: we are completely sure that only a person having absorbed the national cousine’s essence since childhood shall be able to penetrate the tastes, scents and textures of the good product. That is why we have an Italian at our kitchen.Indeed, genuine Italian food lives in Italy. But we try our best to give it a place to live in Odessa. We have created a project for us and for people sharing our spirit, a place where we eat and spend time. Here we do not save on groceries or compromise on quality – we do buy the best. If something is not claimed, it is definitely dispensed PRIOR expiry date. Of course, our project is not a charity one, but ecological compatibility and our good name for us are much more important than the payback period. We simply take high-quality products and try to reveal their natural flavors.We give you the restaurant project of new type. We strongly believe such an initiative will be appreciated. Enjoy it!
Reviewed August 23, 2014

Atmosphere is excellent and service too. Writing this review, I was eating my ravioli with spinach, and they were perfect. If you want to eat pizza, pasta or italian seafood dishes, go to Fratelli

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

In my previous review about Fratteli I use words " probably the best restaurant", I tried to compare it with former Odessa's restaurant La veranda. Now I declare responsibly - Fratteli the Best Odessa's restaurant without any " probably". You can ask me what the changed since May? Chief ! Sig. Dario can grind menu and transformed it to real contemporary Italian cuisine .Meals have become such as they should be. Risotto with shrimps has a real Lombardy taste and texture. Octopus- just become good at it. Panna cotta - fantastic , "Italiano vero". But anyway if you are trying the other meals you will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Great expectations
Nice location
A chief who promises you the best...
What you get... Poor average quality food and poor service
Unfortunately no one here seems to have learned properly what is takes to be good other than nice italia. words ...
The pasta was awful as probably boiled for at least 5 minutes more than limits allow... Taste was poor as only oil... Wine was ok but wrong temperature ...service was catastrophic... Honestly even locals can do better ... Too much bulls.... Here ... I am Italian and dislike being taken for a fool... AVOID!

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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Fratelli now is in its 2nd year - and this year they decided to employ a real Italian Chef from Lombardia, who before worked in Kharkov.

The location and the set-up is unchanged, one of the top restaurants of Odessa. Especially upstairs (terrace) it's very romantic - but sometimes just too dark (you hardly can read the menu). I would say it's the ideal location for a romantic dinner in central Odessa.

The menu (and the pricing) pretends to be a high-class Italian restaurant with modern influence. Sometimes they do have a special menu, e.g. Chef-menu or asparagus menu.

To check the food we went twice, once as a couple, once with friends.

The service can be very nice (first evening) to terrible (second evening), even a bit rude in the answers given. The Italian Chef tries to compensate - but it's difficult.

The food, well... it can't keep up with the beauty of the location. Once we were served green asparagus instead of white, because they were out of stock. In such case the waiter should inform, ask the guest if would also take green asparagus - especially they do taste very different. Anyway, the white asparagus we received on the second evening was cooked to perfection.

Some pasta dishes are nice, others (especially the seafood pasta) were just underwhelming.

The dessert we tried (Carpaccio of pineapple with pink pepper and sorbet of Basil) was extraordinary good.

In conclusion: Fratelli is 'a mixed bag', beautiful romantic location, average service with good - but not fantastic - food. If you want to impress or spend a romantic evening, it's a great spot.

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

Working in Odessa for quite some time now, I have visited a lot of places where you can eat. Must say Fratelli restaurant is one of my favorite - because of the food in the first place, but also thanks to the atmosphere. Make sure you try asparagus menu and marinated vegetables they offer. Yammy!

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Thank Joe C
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