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R 1 941 - R 3 269
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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 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 25 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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Reviewed 9 April 2022 via mobile

We were 3 in total and we all chose an aperitivo and then the “dal sud al nord” menu. They were kind enough to exchange the meat course for one of us (the pork of the carpe firm menu instead of the pigeon). In general,...the food was of excellent quality and taste. Absolutely divine! However, there were some negative aspects which led me to rate this a 3/5. Service. 1. In the beginning there were two waitresses who seemed to not agree on how to place the dishes and were correcting each other. The younger one was kind enough to ask how we enjoyed the first course. However, after this course the other one took over by herself and rushed us through, taking away plates when one of us was finished while the others were still eating and not even asking once if we liked our dishes. 2. It felt a little like being at a sales show after the main course when they came around with their cheese tray and a big port wine bottle asking if you wanted something. Plus, 20€ for two small slices of cheese seems too much even for a 2 starred restaurant. 3. I found some bones in my fish dish and while this can happen, it shouldn’t. Especially not in a starred restaurant. The least that could have been done is to apologize once you see the bones. Alas, nothing. Cannavacciulo himself When arriving we had been told that the chef would come out when you pay for a chat and also a photo opportunity. Well, either he wasn’t in the mood, had a bad day or is always like that… but, rushing through a picture, not smiling at all and making you feel like this is a huge annoyance to him is not the way to go. Then stay in the kitchen if you don’t feel like it.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 6 November 2021 via mobile

Truffle & wine as I like … but My friend was poisoned 🤮 My meat set with truffle was ok , service also was good. Hotel room I like , smell in hotel was nice. Reception desk called to the doctor & no possible to...reach it. No doctor & no emergency service 😐 shocked about attitude restaurant charged full price for dinner with poisoned scampi 🍤 no excuse & no sorry ☹️ can’t recommend that famous Michelin restaurant 🛑 ✋More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 27 September 2021 via mobile

The restaurant is locate in the most beautiful villa, in the cute little town of Orta San Giulio, which is great to visit. The location doesnt get any better than this. The food is outstanding. Every dish is an explosion of flavor but so well...balanced. Its a great food experience, one of the best in the world. Italian cousine at its peak. Overall you have a fantastic experience in this place and its very recommended. However, since the expense is very very significant, one expects absolute perfection from a place like this. But there were a couple of things that I think should be improved: 1) when you book they ask you of you are going there for a special occasion, like a birthday. It was my partner's birthday and I was expecting some little cake or similar. But nothing.... I would reccomend not to ask for this things if you do not do anything about it. You set expectations that were not met. 2) relax a bit the table service. It did feel a bit rushed and you feel very observed. As soon as you put your fork on the table somebody rushes to take your plate away and one minute after you receive the next one. Once my parner hadn't even finished eating... Rethink a bit the timing.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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