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“Fantastico!!”

Symposio Laboratorio di Cucina
Ranked #36 of 110 Restaurants in Cortona
Price range: US$9 - US$21
Description: We propose to you a refined and unique cooking, which consist in the preparation of the most famous tuscan speciality with a modern and gourmet approach.
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Description: We propose to you a refined and unique cooking, which consist in the preparation of the most famous tuscan speciality with a modern and gourmet approach.
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Walking the ‘via’ less traveled through Cortona and came across this precious eatery. Eatery is a word which does no justice ... the ambiance is charming, the wine list extensive, and the menu is no less than perfection.
The young Proprietario, Franco, and executive chef, Emanuele, have been open for just 20 days. How can this be? Symposio looks and feels and tastes like a restaurant that’s been on the map for years. Franco serves as well as manages, and his manners are impeccable and friendly.
Whatever is happening in the Kitchen Laboratory is nothing short of art!
I asked for a recommendation for a deep and heavy red, and was offered a Syrah, Tenuta Montecchiesi Selverello ... so, so delizioso.
Pappa al Pomodoro as a starter was a surprise because the English translation said ‘tomato soup’ - anything but! It was more of a terrine of tomato, sun dried tomato, spices, and breads.
My main course was the Young Pork, violet potatoes and Bronte pistachio. The pork was excellently prepared, with just enough crisp on the fat to have a heavenly taste of bacon! The violet potatoes were puréed into a smooth and tasty pillow for the pork to sit atop, with the Bronte pistachios sprinkled lightly - not overwhelmingly - over the dish.
Happily I can say ‘I will be back’ ... with two more weeks in Cortona, I’ll have the opportunity!
Thank you, Franco!

Thank SoniaKayattheBay
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

We found it on internet, with the typical research. And then, once there, we found a cosy, really nice place.
One of the two, young and passionated owners, welcomed us. He told us that they've opened 12 days ago. The restaurant is within the ancient walls of Cortona. The food was not only good but also really good presented. They suggested a red wine (Syrah)m typical from the area: excellent.
Quality of the ingredients and their amazing passion are the leitmotiv of this place. The pappa al pomodoro, vellutata tiepida dia spargi con gambero, filetto di chianina, plum cake di carote e camomilla, cantucci e vin santo are some of our choices. After that, a nice walk within the village of Cortona. Definitely two places to visit.

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Thank Jenny-Vic
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Most of restaurant in Cortona offer the usual traditional Tuscan food: good but always and everywhere the same.
The young chef at Symposio finally dares to re-invent traditional food by adding new ideas and taste, still based on the great ingredients that only Italy can offer.
Nice atmosphere, away from the tourist-filled place.
Pricy, but defintevly worth it!

Thank unipg
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

This restaurant is at the upper end of Cortona down a side street and easy to miss but well worth persevering. After endless restaurants all serving the same food Symposio is a refreshing difference from the inventive cocktails to to the perfectly prepared food and superb service. A delightful small and inventive room and attentive, knowledgeable staff make this the best restaurant we've encountered so far in Italy. I had an appetizer of Iberio ham which can't adequately be described but in addition to the ham were shards of wafer thin crackers and a tomato coulis. My main course was the duck breast artfully plated and perfectly cooked. My husband's salad and filet were equally was wonderful. We are so sorry we didn't go back the subsequent night and ended up at a so-called top restaurant in Cortona which was a bitter disappointment in comparison to this amazing little gem. Don't hesitate - get a reservation and have a great meal.

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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I visited here with my partner in August. The food was fantastic. Loved every minute of it. Probably the best meal we had all of the trip.

Thank peadarm2016
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