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“Refined and different, great food”

Ristorante La Quintessa
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is a restaurant that is beutifully decorated, with a terrace overlooking the lake and Italian food that is different for a change from the food served in most of the restaurants in the Castelli Romani.
We had pasta with wild boar, porchetta and fried calamari and prawns. The roast potatoes with olives, rosmary and onions were delicious as well as the stir fried veg. The chocolate pyramide was exquisite and the pistachio tiramisu was melting in your mouth, with such a delicate taste.
Shame pizza was not available for Sunday lunch.
The place was popular with Italian families, the sevice was fast, but you pay for the good food.
Will deffinitely go back.

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

The restaurant is local on a large lake in or near Castel Gandolfo. We had an incredibly good dinner and returned the next night with friends. While it was still good it wasn't quite as "great."

My wife ordered the chicken tureen with vegetables and I had the most delicious order of clams and mussels in a tomato sauce. That is was brought me back the second night. The couple we dined with on the second night also enjoyed the restuarant. We all shared the fried calamari and the clam and mussel entree. Several members of the staff spoke English, one fluent.

A lovely location, but like many places in Italy and Europe, dinner doesn't start until 800pm and then the place fills up. We were there on Monday and Tuesday nights.

If in Castel Gandolfo this is a great choice.

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Thank John A
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Great seafood and a nice rack of lamb. Very convenient to our hotel.

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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Such a stylish place, decorated with very good taste. Had a dinner here once and wish it wasn´t the last evening in Castel Gandolfo. Would have wanted to return there definitely. We had a dinner at the terrace. Service was very good, food was delicious and they had nice wine selection. There´s beautiful lightning on the terrace. Wish this restaurant was in my home country.

There is just one thing that disturbed me during our trip to Italy this summer. It is not just this restaurant, it was all the restaurants we visited. Why do italians storage and serve red wine warm? When it is over 30 degrees outside and the restaurants are quite warm also inside, then the red wine is really really warm. They have such nice wines in Italy and they are ruining them with the temperature.

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Thank Jelbrew
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

We ate here in a large group of about 20 after a disastrous meal the previous night elsewhere. Recommended by the hotel, but the welcome and friendliness was genuine, the food was excellent, and the wine range good. Would have eaten here again given the chance.

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Thank Nimrud
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