Definitely the best food in the area if you like your nouveau cuisine. Don't let that label put you off however and don't think that you will have to go for a pizza on the way home. The amount of food served is more than enough.
The restaurant itself whilst stylishly modern is by no means impressive in La Veranda type terms and the location isn't particularly alluring - I guess the clue is in the name. However, it is by no means scruffy and you won't feel out of place in a jacket. Just don't bring the tie.
There's an a la carte choice and a couple of very reasonably priced tasting menus. We went for the bigger one that included a lamb chops course at the end. They were never exactly going to fill you up by themselves but they tasted exquisite. They simply served food in the way that you would expect in London, Paris or Barcelona rather than the posh pasta that many good Italian restaurants deliver up.
The kitchen is on view and looks spotlessly clean. All of the kitchen staff seem to get on with their jobs without any of the histrionics or arguments that you tend to witness on those TV cooking programs.
The staff are all very nice and efficient and the sommelier has a good knowledge of local wines that are often more interesting to try than the internationally known standards.
Our concierge at the Villa D'Este was surprised at how good we thought it was. He said that it was a new restaurant and he wouldn't normally recommend it for his guests so don't let this put you off if yours is the same. Get down there and enjoy.
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