Bottega Baracchi is a great new addition to Cortona's already long list of very fine restaurants. The happy news is the menu is fresh new and different from the classic Italian selection. There are 2 eating areas one outside is an outdoor terrace facing the Piazza and entrance to Cortona. This is a nice choice for appetizers and drinks or a cappuccino and breakfast. The other is downstairs and is large meandering thru various rooms with vaulted brick ceilings a more formal restaurant. It is freshly decorated with great style not too formal and not too casual warm and interesting. All their wines are along the walls beautifully displayed on shelves or resting on slabs of barriques. The lighting is especially well done. The entrance to the restaurant downstairs is on the street level where there is a bar where one can have a stand up drink as well.
Waiters are very welcoming speak english and are helpful. We highly recommend the Tuna Tartar as an appetizer. Made from Mediterranean Tuna it is very fresh and scrumptious. Also the coconut shrimp is fantastic, light and tasty. I also had a roast pork local of course and divine.
Definitely a winner and of course the wines are fantastic. We had a Baracchi Sangiovese, always a treat.
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