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“Friendlissimo!”
Review of Bar 500

Bar 500
Ranked #18 of 100 Restaurants in Cortona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Pizza, Mediterranean, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
essex
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Friendlissimo!”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

This little restaurant has tables on the main street between two of the squares. It is easy to find. It opens both lunchtime and evening. There are a lot of restaurants in Cortona - and a heck of lot that charge a heap more. The food is standard Italian fare but very good quality and plenty of it. But the real thing that makes it stand out is the service.Whoever serves you, engages you in conversation in English and makes you feel very welcome. Go back a second time and they will remember you and ask about your day cheerily and animated. We ate there a number of times on our week in Cortona and every time without fail, we engaged with other diners, happy to strike up a conversation. It's that kind of place. And a lovely touch at night. It seems most people are offered a gratis limoncello to round things off. Well done Bar 500. Long may you prosper.

  • Visited July 2014
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Santa Clarita, California
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96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Quaint and good food”
Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

Great way to start our walk to Cortona. Great service and very filling. Catch the seat by the door and see the people pass by.

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Northumberland
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent Lunch”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We recently visited Bar 500 for lunch while on vacation in Cortona. We had wonderful pizzas and salad washed down with the house white wine. We were served by Lucca who was very patient and very attentive and spoke perfect English, he was such a pleasure and a credit to the owners, well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great way to start the day”
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Bar 500 was a great first stop in Cortona. We were seduced, as soon as we arrived, by the beautiful colors and mountains of cured meats being served. We say down for a bottle of the house wine, pizza, meats, sandwiches and pasta with truffles. The price for 4 people for all of that was extremely reasonable, and it set our day off on the right foot.

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“What a way to enter Cortona”
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Bar 500 was a great way to enter Cortona for the first time. After a drive from Rome, we walked into town and were seduced by the mountain of cured meats being served and we sat right down. The food was delicious. Cured meats, house wine and a pasta dish coved with truffles set the afternoon in the right direction.

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Thank Jared H
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