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“Quite probably the best restaurant in Trieste?”
Review of Al Bagatto

Al Bagatto
Ranked #44 of 948 Restaurants in Trieste
Price range: US$62 - US$80
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: For almost 50 years now, the Al Bagatto Restaurant has been providing this wonderful city a place to try the best fresh fish around. This has sometimes meant offering an alternative all-meat menu or even closing the restaurant when the quality fish that you know us for, and which distinguishes us, was not available.
Reviewed 6 January 2013

Al Bagatto is pricey (180 euros for two although it could probably be done cheaper) but it is in my opinion, excellent value. It is not just the food, it is the staff, their passion for local produce including regional wines and their ability to make you feel as welcome in their restaurant as you might do in a friend's home.

Al Bagatto is first and foremost a seafood restaurant and a seafood restaurant in a port city needs to be good. It doesn't disappoint. My friend and I opted for their tasting menu which consisted of the following: amuse-bouche followed by salt cod with two kinds of puree. This was an amazingly delicate balance of flavours. Cuttlefish with its ink on creamed new potatoes was simply divine but was followed by the quite perfect spaghetti with shrimps and tomatoes. The main course of mixed fried fish and yellow polenta was also delicious. To cleanse the palate before the 'pudding proper' we were treated to a lemon ginger and vodka sorbet which was quite amazing in itself but astonishingly trumped by the millefeuille with Chantilly cream and orange.

Five wines were served complimenting the meal as it progressed. These were all new to me and included a deliciously light Canevel Prosecco 2010. Following on was one of Edi Kante's astonishing Vitovska wines. Vitovska is a grape variety with the Carso appellation from very near Trieste - a pinky orange nectar that was just delicious! There was also a Malvasia Istriane Vinja Barde. This comes from the Rosandra Valley on the Istrian Peninsula and is another excellent local wine that deserves to be better known. A melon and apricot flavour from a Traminer Lorenzon 2009 was also offered together with a chardonnay (a Ronco Scagnet 2011). The breadth of knowledge and passion for offering these local wines beautifully matched to local produce which has been perfectly cooked and amazingly presented can only be complimented and commended. It was also the small touches...

...at each stage we were asked if we wanted to continue with the wine we had enjoyed with the previous course or if we wished to explore another suitable local wine.

Including mineral water, wine and coffees it was about £70 / $115 each. Whilst this is admittedly a pricey meal, ultimately it represented excellent value for money and I am already looking forward to returning. In my opinion it is on a par with the best restaurants anywhere in the world.

Date of visit: January 2013
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2  Thank sbd119
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

We selected the restaurant based on Trip Advisor recommendation
The food served was superb and the wine list and the waiter
allowed us to select one of the best sauvignon blanc we've ever tasted
not only from Friuli

Date of visit: September 2012
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1  Thank annebrandy
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Food is really good. They offer particular dishes and not the usual fish dishes. Presentation is always perfect and they have very a good wine list.

Date of visit: May 2012
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2  Thank superanna80
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Our group of 14 ate in the wine cellar at Al Bagatto on a Saturday night in late July. Because I knew the restaurant was small, I almost didn't inquire whether they could seat us, but I was delighted to learn about the special room (it can hold up to 18/20) and leapt at the chance. We have a "new arrivals" tasting menu that was highlighted by scampi so fresh it looked like they might exit the plate and a "tranparenza marina" dish that included mussels and fish cooked in a plastic bag and cut open at the table. It was phenomenal. The dessert included white chocolate and a red apple sorbet ... superb. Our host, Roberto, recommended very good and reasonable wines to accompany the meal. A terrific experience, pricy, but worth it.

Date of visit: July 2012
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2  Thank jbh2red
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

I per-booked this restaurant for my husband's birthday and we were most impressed. Staff were attentive and the menu was varied with lots of choice. The seafood was superb and they recommended a local white wine which was quite exquisite. So much so that we ordered an extra bottle! It isn't cheap but I think you get what you pay for, so if you fancy treating yourself, then go for it. The ambience is lovely and made for a relaxing and romantic dinner :-)

2  Thank s1m0ne192
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