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“The best food in the area.”

The Market Place Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 545 Restaurants in Como
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$47 - US$71
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 21 June 2014

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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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Excellent food, well explained and very good value at eur55 for the gastronomique top menu, with a flight (five) of classic wines for 28. The style and quality was very high. The wines had been carefully chosen and well explained by a knowledgable maître d who enthused about the choice which varies with the menu. The service was good with 2 good English speakers. The atmosphere was quite intimate with small groups 2-4 people max, so made it feel more intimate, mix of Brits and locals, mainly couples. Location is more edge of town, with no view but the ambience more than made up for it and after a day's sightseeing who needs a view. There was one small problem with one course, but it was rectified immediately. - a very good recovery. Overall highly recommended - will definitively go there again

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Thank Richard M
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

The food in The Market Place is outstanding in both taste and presentation, couldn't have asked for anything more. We visited the El Celler de Can Roca last year and the food wasn't that far off the quality we had their.
Only thing i could mark it down on it that the restaurant service didn't do justice to the quaility of the food the kitchen staff were producing as it seemed to be very unorganized.

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Thank owan2002
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to those wanting a beautiful refined meal. The restaurant itself was about half-full, which was surprising as the meal we had was fantastic. The staff were very helpful and accommodating. The menu was in Italian but the waited patiently translated it for us in a very friendly manner. We opted for the set tasting menu, however the first course consisted of anchovies (something I detest), so they kindly altered it to a beautiful roasted tomato/pepper and cheese roulade (divine). Every course was small and perfectly formed and the waited recommended a beautiful wine, which went down a treat. The bread basket was a treat... lots of small homemade rolls with various flavours.

The restaurant was quite quiet, which if you want a bustling vibrant environment it's probably not what you are looking for.... maybe in high season the ambiance would be different. However food wise I couldn't fault it and would definitely go again.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Chose to eat here as it was not far from our hotel and rated No2 in Como on Tripadvisor. All I have to say is that the No1 must be something very special! Four of us ate here and we all chose the "Classic" set menu. Five courses, all of which were superb. Have eaten in Michelin star restaurants in the UK and this was way better. Service was impeccable, food outstanding and the price we paid for the standard of food and service was not overpriced.

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