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Ristorante Ambrosia

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Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
+39 0575 604715
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12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
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Tue - Sun 12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
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Walnut Creek, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our last evening in Cortona and we were out on a cold quiet Wednesday night after experiencing a busy city filled with Italians vacationing for their Nov. 1st long weekend. We really wanted a Porcini soup and had our hotel call ahead to see if they served it. They said "no problem". It was not on their printed menu but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food and excellent service. Everything you order here is well prepared. I will return next time I am in the area.

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Thank idbgreen
Fotheringhay, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Matteo and his staff were excellent very welcoming and great service. The suckling pig was delicious although the amuse bouche at the start was not good.

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Thank Imlawson
Oakwood Montgomery County, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Six of us gave a collective "wow" after dinner last night. The best, most interesting, and creative dishes all in the Tuscan tradition. Ambrosia had been recommended by the chef in our cooking class as the place to go. It was at the end of a wonderful week in Cortona. A small, warm place where a glass of prosecco shows... More 

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Thank Robert B
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We thought we had a reservation at the no1 restaurant and ended up at Restaurant Ambrosia instead. How lucky for us. It was excellent. The menu items were traditional with a twist. The tagliatelle with wild boar was the best we've had ( our fifth time this week) . We had a wonderful dish with ricotta and fresh truffles that... More 

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Thank MaryClyburn
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Don't be fouled by his young looks and deep voice! Chef Mateo prepares traditional Italian meals, but gives it his own flair. Like the deconstructed eggplant parmesan appetizer we had. The restaurant is small, but he likes it this way, so he is able to come out and talk to his guests while they are eating dinner. Excellent food, wine... More 

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Indialantic, Florida
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Can't understand why this isn't the best rated restaurant in Cortona. The food, the ambience, the warmth of the staff. There's nothing like having Chef Matteo great you, and remember your last visit and what you had. The Tuna 3 and the Bistecca Florentine are truly amazing. I have never had such high quality at such reasonable prices.

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Thank tcasto99
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Visited this restaurant 3 times in the past 2 weeks. By far the best restaurant in the old city of Cortona! The cook and his team create a wonderful menu with fresh ingredients, typical Tuscan, but with Matteo's own style. The restaurant itself is located in a beautiful restored location, a mixture of Etruscan, Roman and the Middle Ages. The... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had an unbelievable cooking lesson and dinner at this restaurnt.It was the best meal we have had in our two week trip to Italy. the chef owner is very talented and his dishes are creative and wonderful. The restaurant is beautifully retored. this is a must for anyone going to Tuscany. `

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Wombourne, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

A very warm welcome awaits you in this small restaurant in beautiful Cortona. Lovely food chosen from a small but interesting menu. The Chef / Owner Matteo always comes to ask about your experience and you realise he has a passion for food that he wants you to share. Well trained and friendly cheerful staff. Prices are very good for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$27 - US$43
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
Tuesday
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
Wednesday
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
Thursday
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
Friday
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
Saturday
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Arezzo  >  Cortona
  • Phone Number: +39 0575 604715
Description
In mythology, ambrosia is the food or the drink of the gods.From this I was inspired to give the name to my restaurant.I want my customers when eat the food cooked by me in a place with unique atmosphere and accompanied by the sound of running water behind them, with the Etruscan well, they feel special, like gods.To achieve this ambitious goal requires care and attention to every details, not only in the kitchen, trying to honor our tradition and at the same time knowing how to be innovative.Tradition and innovation are the basis for the construction of my restaurant since the renovation of an ancient property with its history and its remarkable passages then would become Restaurant Ambrosia.We've uncovered many elements hidden by time (the arches, the inner well and the beautiful stone wall with a fall of rain-fed), but at the same time we used the best materials and modern components to ensure high level services.Combination of tradition and innovation has also guided the choice of menu. This is divided into two parts, one with typical preparation, related to the area where I was born and raised, and one with with a cooking full of imagination, innovation and provocation.I think it's duty of every chef know how to prepare dishes that are part of the context in which they were born and raised, but at the same time to test changes on these bases."A classic dish with a little touch of fantasy becomes a dish unique that only you can find in THAT restaurant, cooked in THAT way, according to the fancy of THAT Chef."

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