While the hotel is a decent (however expensive) place, we felt like the restaurant must be way past it's best times.
Only after eating there we learned that the Sole di Ranco once upon a time must have had a Michelin Star, otherwise we wouldn't have guessed that. The only reminder of that are the still very high prices. Quick breakdown of our experience:
- we had a table reserved the night when some large fireworks were planned on Ranco. The restaurant was busy but the crowd still seemed manageable amid the amount of service personnel. Nevertheless we had to wait about half an hour to get seated.
- once seated it took another hour until we were able to place an order (food) and 15-20 more minutes (wine)
- wine list is full of overaged and expensive wines, the one we found after a time consuming search was however fairly priced and of good quality
- we ordered one "Menu Ranco" (50 euros), which after all was ok in terms of the starter and the main dish, although the risotto was way too much and the fish came without a noticeable side. The dessert was really not great but also very voluminous.
- the other dishes (broccoli with goat cheese; beef filet with potatoes) were not convincing, though here the dessert (chocolate variation) was very good
- amuse bouche and "pre-dessert" as well as coffee and Prosecco were very nice
Staff tried really hard most of the time but was completely overwhelmed. At the end we ended up pouring the rest of the wine ourselves getting it from the cooler 6 feet from the table. Fireworks were great so this saved the evening in the end.
Would we recommend going to the Sole? At this price quality ratio certainly not. Try harder, seems like you got the potential (or used to have it, we can't judge that one).
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