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RM 479 - RM 806
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Mediterranean, Italian, Seafood, European, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Just a stone’s throw from the enchanting village of Orta San Guilio with its picture-postcard views of the lake and San Giulio island, this three-Miche...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Maybe a one star Michelin, not close to a three star Michelin. Food and service were very good, but at no point did it feel seamless and special. Beautiful presentation of the dishes but the culinary offerings lacked the bold, innovative flavors one expects from...a 3-star establishment. The menu played it safe, with combinations such as menta and turbot or carbonate in lemon standing out more for their oddity rather than for their excellence. The staff was not attentive, and left the guests feeling rushed or unattended to. I would not recommend this restaurant as a 3-star Michelin.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are spending 3 days in lake Orta to celebrate 10 years of friendship. The dinner at Villa Crespi was supposed to be the highlight of our trip. Unfortunately the dinner was rather disappointing. The amuse and starters were very good but both the first...courses for 2 of us were not warm enough. The same happened with the sole and tarbot main courses and on top of that all courses were served in very fast pace even after asking whether this could be slowed down. The whole experience was not up to a 3 Michelin star standard.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 20 March 2024

I love that you get a lot of food as well for the price. It’s definitely not like other expensive restaurants and you only get a small amount of food. I am definitely going back.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 November 2023

Top Restaurant!!! Loved every plate and dish web ate. would recommend It for Couples or family dinners!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 1 November 2023

yes i love this place and i would love to go here again its awesome and all the food and the way its set up i just love it

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

Our meal was outstanding. Every course was beautifully presented. Every bite was delicious. The service was terrific. And what a building! Worth every penny.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 June 2023

We were very excited to get one of our wait list requests for dinner confirmed for Sunday 18th June. On arrival, the building architecture itself is a sight to behold in the lovely evening sunshine, but once you step inside, the “specialness” evaporates and you’re...into an anodyne environment bereft of personality, atmosphere or joy. As we were shown to our table, passing isolated tables of estranged diners, I felt I was being taken to a waiting room for medical procedure. Once seated at our table in what might be called a ‘garden room’, but was actually a corridor with windows to the garden. A garden that actually goes all the way to the shores of the beautiful lake Orta, just a few metres away, but you’d never know it being here as you can’t see it. At all. Whilst all staff are professional, courteous and knowledgeable, they are unfortunately missing any warmth or engagement that puts one at ease so keen are they to follow protocol. So, the food.. Whilst my wife and I could not be described as connoisseurs, we have been fortunate enough to eat in, and experience some of the loveliest, starry, places across europe and the USA in our 29 years of marriage. Unfortunately, this wasn’t one of them. The eating experience as a whole, from the amuse bouche, table settings, crockery and menu is confused, complex, over engineered. The menu is discordant and full of ingredients that suggest someone is trying too hard to show how well they can cook what ever you might give them to prepare. I have never seen snails, frogs, sweetbreads, eel, pigeon giblets and kidney all in one menu and all in different dishes. Whilst one of greatest pleasures of such skilled craftsmanship is to experience what can be done, we actually found ourselves choosing the least worst from the menu, and we would consider ourselves adventurous. In hindsight, we should have left after our aperitivo and menu review, but trusted that Michelin awards are hard earned and warranted staying the course. Unfortunately not, and I’m unable to recommend the restaurant to anyone, regardless of the astronomic prices charged.More

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Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 26 May 2023

One of the most memorable restaurant experiences of my life! This was a delicious feast for the senses. It was as much of an art show as a delicious meal extravaganza. We started with a drink at the bar with Lorenzo and followed it with...9 courses of foot and wine heaven. Save room for the three courses of dessert if you do the Tour of Italy tasting menu. It is all worth it! The chef met us after dinner and was wonderful. He has created a little Garden of Eden in Italy! A must visit from Milan and even from the USA!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 23 May 2023

Best restaurant with amazing ambience and vibes were so soothing. Staff was also professional and kind and cuisine was finger licking.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2023 via mobile

Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo and his staff at Villa Crespi can be very proud of their WELL earned Michelin 3*. Everything about our dining experience was superb and well worth a special journey to enjoy. What better way to celebrate or start a journey through the...Italian Lake District than with Italy’s newest 3* restaurant. The food is elegant, visually stunning, complex, fresh, well-crafted, an explosion of complimentary flavors, and above all super tasty. The servers are consistently attentive, personable and above all highly professional. The setting at the Moorish inspired hotel is stunning. What I also appreciated at the restaurant was you had options including two distinct tasting menus and a la carte. We went for “The Italian Journey from South to North” menu which included quite a few of Chec Antonino’s inspired classics—simply delicious from beginning to end. Definitely a deluxe foodie experience that is not to be missed!!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 1 May 2023

The restaurant boasts a Michelin-starred cuisine and serves delicious local dishes. The staff is friendly, attentive, and always ready to help. Villa Crespi is truly exceptional, making it a perfect retreat for a romantic getaway or a peaceful vacation in Italy.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2022 via mobile

The experience in general was nice. The villa itself is really beautiful. Kind staff. Good wine But at the end of the whole lunch we saw a hit in the cake. Of coarse it was disgusting for the place that presents itself as a high...standard restaurant. In these situations it’s the choice of the restaurant to decide how to act and how to treat the guests. What we’ve got is “we are so sorry” and the “complementary hair cake” 🤣 and a lovely photo with the Chef who probably didn’t even know the situation. There was also one more point. Our table was at the terrace and next to the window there was a thick really visible layer of dust. So bad that I didn’t even risk to out my bag there. In comparison to the “hair cake” it was absolutely predictable and could be easily cleaned before the guests come. All in all there are human changes to be done in such a beautiful place. The main advantage of the restaurant is the place itself nor the restaurant quality.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 November 2022

Lovely food, amazing food presentations, extra bites and elegant atmosphere. The photo opportunity with the Chef himself and in the garden grounds is something you should not miss. We paid 370 euro for a lunch for two - no wine.

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Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 31 October 2022

We had had a wonderful lunch at Villa Crespi in late 2020 and recently returned. Again, we were not disappointed. Service was not quite as attentive as in 2020 and there seems to be a large turnover of waiting staff. Once a young lady took...over our service, everything went fine - she was very good. We all had the frog legs with whipped butter as starter - that was terrific. I had the sweetbread as a second starter, and that was very good too. My pasta dish was linguini with sea urchin and saffron sauce - the dish my wife raved about two years ago, and which she also had again... excellent indeed. The bottle of Coppo Chardonnay 2018 was fine. It will not be a mistake if you check the bill upon presentation - we noted, after leaving the place, that the glasses of wine as apéritif and the chardonnay had been slightly overcharged - not much but still. Antonino Cannavacciulo has clearly carved out a little niche for himself in this lovely place. The restaurant is fully booked even in the off season, and there are frequent and numerous diners from nearby Milan...More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 October 2022

A beautiful building set in a lovely park. The restaurant is divided into several rooms, intimate and relaxing. The food is beyond words, culinary masterpieces beautifully presented. Wines from all over the world.Very efficient and corteous staff. We can definitely recommend it, the price is...justified by the excellent quality.More

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Date of visit: October 2022
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