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“A hidden gem of high cuisine” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Orso Grigio

Orso Grigio
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Ronzone
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $57 - $93
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Lausanne, Switzerland
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85 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A hidden gem of high cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We discovered this place by chance when looking for a restaurant near Malosco. It was oustanding and a nice surprise. When we found that they have a Michelin star, we decided to check the quality by looking for rather simple dishes where mistakes cannot be hidden. We had a traditional pasta dish (mountain style, a historical recipe of the place), beef tenderloin and local desserts. In each case the professional quality of the chef was evident: new subte elements were added successfully to the traditional recipes. The service was careful and friendly. The wine list is very impressive. We wanted to try a local Marzemino with our dinner (the wine of Mozart's Don Giovanni) and they had a nice selection with good advise. Overall, worth a trip. Considetimg the quality, the price was more than reasonable.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Giorgio M
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“Fabulous restaurant in the middle of nowhere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

My wife and I ate lunch last Saturday at this wonderful first rate Michelin-starred restaurant which is in a separate building next door to the Villa Orso Grigio Hotel, which has its own dining room separate from this restaurant, but with the same menu and same kitchen. Ownership and management of both locations is by relatively young twin brothers. Their father, who is now retired, owned it before and both sons started in the business when they were quite young. Their mother still putters around tending to the floral arrangements and gardens. One couple was leaving as we entered, but while we were in the restaurant there were no other diners. The chef/owner Christian Bertole, who appears regularly on a cooking program on Italian TV, came out to welcome us. You can access some of his cooking demonstrations on YouTube. His twin brother, Renzo, acts as manager, is a highly regarded sommelier and is in charge of the 35,000 bottle wine cellar carved out of rock. Yes, that was no mistake, 35,000 bottles! We toured the wine cellar, which was a terrific experience in itself, and the oldest bottle I saw was from 1960. The service was astonishingly good--attentive without hovering over us. The menu changes monthly with the seasonal availability of ingredients. Since it is now winter, venison is on the menu. Generally, the produce and herbs used in the cooking are grown behind the restaurant on their own land. In winter when this is impossible, it seems that Christian would rather not serve anyone else's vegetables, so you won't find salad or vegetable accompaniments on the menu at this time of year, except for winter veggies such as artichoke or radicchio. I can't stress enough the high level of care put into each course and their presentations. When coming to the restaurant from Trento be sure to pass through the tiny village of Ronzone and head up the mountain towards Bolzano. I you get to the sign indication that you are leaving Ronzone, you have gone too far. If you look very carefully you will you see the powder-blue sign on the right hand side for where to turn left to get here. We drove back and forth for a half hour before we found Via Regole. Not one of the several people we stopped to ask in Ronzone could direct us here even though the restaurant has been open for about 30 years, according to what we were told by the maitre d', Vincenzo. There is free parking on the street in front of the restaurant. Be sure to allocate three hours to a meal here if you have the full 4 courses available. This is not the place to rush through a meal. While this is not an inexpensive place to dine, we nevertheless felt it was well worth the money paid for the fabulous dining experience. I don't think we have ever been treated so royally at any restaurant anywhere in the world. The care with which each dish was prepared and presented was evident. We each ordered a glass of wine and Vincenzo opened a new bottle of each and left the bottle at our table after pouring each of us a glass, something I had not seen before. At most restaurants when a glass of wine is ordered, the glass is poured from an already open bottle and taken away, or the glass is poured away from your view and brought to you sans bottle. Each dish we ordered was explained completely in perfect English and not in the snooty way we sometimes encounter when we dine at a so-called fine restaurant. Considering how far it is from civilization, this place is a destination in itself and well worth any detour you have to make to get here. I can't say enough about the beautiful, yet rustic decoration of the dining rooms, the quality of the ingredients and the quantity of food served in each course--so much, in fact, that we were hard pressed to finish each course, as delicious as each was. We were presented with an amuse bouch first course plus a "pre-dessert" course of tasty creme brulee at no extra cost. Ny only criticism, and this may be more attributable to my tastes than any shortcoming on the restaurant's part, is that the flavorings are rather subtle and not bold. We could very easily get used to this kind of lifestyle, if we could afford it! Highly, highly recommended. If Trip Advisor had a 6 star rating, this restaurant would qualify for it. Elegant, classy, refined--these adjectives apply and yet don't fully describe the place.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank LWL3333
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