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“Not one of the cheapest places in town, but you get some value in return for your money”

Il Giardino Nova Bussola
Ranked #25 of 288 Restaurants in Altea
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 1, 2013

One of these restaurants you always rush by in your car and before you notice them they already disappear in the rear view mirror.

Nevertheless some people got to stop there anyway, and they recommended the Nova Bussola to us.

I called to make a reservation, because we were going to show up with our baby daughter, and even if there are still free seats, not all of them suit us because of the maneuvering with the pram. I appreciate that the one who attended the phone didn't hang it up right away when I told him about the baby (so families seem to be welcome), and when we arrived, we got the perfect spot reserved, easy to reach and with enough room for "parking" the baby during dinner next to our table.

Service was very friendly and never slow, the food quality was good (although the "Nova Bussola" salad was a bit disappointing), and especially the pizza dough was one of the best I ate in years. Thin, deformed, crispy, with lots of air bubbles and a great taste. But the menu has more than just pizza and pasta. It also offers meat and fish dishes, hot and cold starters, and much more.

Summary: who does not mind to sit close to the main street and without an exciting view, will find a location for having a dinner with excellent service and good food. Not one of the cheapest places in town, but you get some value in return for your money.

2  Thank Marvin M
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

When Angela and Alfredo retired, La Bussola did a gastronomic nose dive. For two years, the food was unspeakable. But now, under the watchful eye of Maestro Mariano, this once-renowned Altea restaurant has been reborn and is again the best Italian restaurant in Altea, and for miles around. Until you have sampled the delights of the Nova Bussola's Carpaccio Polopo, you will never know how delicious thinly sliced octopus can be. The traditional OsoBuco is so good that you wonder what that other stuff, by the same name, you had in other restaurants was all about!
Prepared at your table from a huge wheel of cheese, Nova Bussola's house speciality is Pasta Parmigiana, I have known of customers driving twenty miles to Nova Bussola, for a plate of this mouth watering dish at la Nova Bussola. One of my favourites is their Spaghetti Vongole, which is simply littered with succulent clams. The wine list if excellent and very affordable, and the Vin de la Casa is sold by the glass or by the bottle. Nova Bussola is right opposite the Cap Negret hotel, two hundred yards from the middle of Altea, on the road to Calpe. Parking is easy. Try it, you'll like it. Brian Hitchen CBE

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2  Thank Eatforpleasure
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

A bit outside centre at Cap Negret. Wll worth a walk from town with excellent service, atmosphere and quality Italian food.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

If you are looking for the very best at reasonable prices this restaurant is perfect in every way. Excellent service and good food.

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2  Thank Gthirkleby
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

I have been to this restaurant a couple of times now and on both occasions i found it to be so cosy and relaxing. The food is served fresh and with passion by the owner Marriano who not only gives you great service all night but makes sure everything is to perfection. Its a family run restaurant and you can feel the friendly atmosphere as soon as you step inside. The fillet steak was amazing and you could tell the pasta was freshly made as it was so good. Cant wait to go back and show this restaurant off to my friends. The best Italian Restaurant I've ever eaten in.

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1  Thank DanielHughes
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