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Ristorante Ambrosia

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Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
+39 0575 604715
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
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Tue - Sun 12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Matteo has a real passion for the food he produces and his introduction to simple food cooked well was refreshing. A real Tuscan gentleman.

Thank 59gromit
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

February was a lot of firsts and this was one of them. Matteo was in fine form great menu and service. The selection were all well prepared especially the pasta. Had the Wine reduction cheese tortalini and a local steak specialty. All was delightful and will return.

Thank Local-Beer
Walnut Creek, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Our last evening in Cortona and we were out on a cold quiet Wednesday night after experiencing a busy city filled with Italians vacationing for their Nov. 1st long weekend. We really wanted a Porcini soup and had our hotel call ahead to see if they served it. They said "no problem". It was not on their printed menu but... More 

Thank Jill925
London, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Excellent food and excellent service. Everything you order here is well prepared. I will return next time I am in the area.

Thank idbgreen
Fotheringhay, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Matteo and his staff were excellent very welcoming and great service. The suckling pig was delicious although the amuse bouche at the start was not good.

Thank Imlawson
Oakwood Montgomery County, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Six of us gave a collective "wow" after dinner last night. The best, most interesting, and creative dishes all in the Tuscan tradition. Ambrosia had been recommended by the chef in our cooking class as the place to go. It was at the end of a wonderful week in Cortona. A small, warm place where a glass of prosecco shows... More 

Thank Robert B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We thought we had a reservation at the no1 restaurant and ended up at Restaurant Ambrosia instead. How lucky for us. It was excellent. The menu items were traditional with a twist. The tagliatelle with wild boar was the best we've had ( our fifth time this week) . We had a wonderful dish with ricotta and fresh truffles that... More 

Thank MaryClyburn
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Don't be fouled by his young looks and deep voice! Chef Mateo prepares traditional Italian meals, but gives it his own flair. Like the deconstructed eggplant parmesan appetizer we had. The restaurant is small, but he likes it this way, so he is able to come out and talk to his guests while they are eating dinner. Excellent food, wine... More 

Thank Sigrid V
Indialantic, Florida
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Can't understand why this isn't the best rated restaurant in Cortona. The food, the ambience, the warmth of the staff. There's nothing like having Chef Matteo great you, and remember your last visit and what you had. The Tuna 3 and the Bistecca Florentine are truly amazing. I have never had such high quality at such reasonable prices.

Thank tcasto99
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Visited this restaurant 3 times in the past 2 weeks. By far the best restaurant in the old city of Cortona! The cook and his team create a wonderful menu with fresh ingredients, typical Tuscan, but with Matteo's own style. The restaurant itself is located in a beautiful restored location, a mixture of Etruscan, Roman and the Middle Ages. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$27 - US$43
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
12:15 - 14:30
19:15 - 22:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Arezzo  >  Cortona
  • Phone Number: +39 0575 604715
In mythology, ambrosia is the food or the drink of the gods.From this I was inspired to give the name to my restaurant.I want my customers when eat the food cooked by me in a place with unique atmosphere and accompanied by the sound of running water behind them, with the Etruscan well, they feel special, like gods.To achieve this ambitious goal requires care and attention to every details, not only in the kitchen, trying to honor our tradition and at the same time knowing how to be innovative.Tradition and innovation are the basis for the construction of my restaurant since the renovation of an ancient property with its history and its remarkable passages then would become Restaurant Ambrosia.We've uncovered many elements hidden by time (the arches, the inner well and the beautiful stone wall with a fall of rain-fed), but at the same time we used the best materials and modern components to ensure high level services.Combination of tradition and innovation has also guided the choice of menu. This is divided into two parts, one with typical preparation, related to the area where I was born and raised, and one with with a cooking full of imagination, innovation and provocation.I think it's duty of every chef know how to prepare dishes that are part of the context in which they were born and raised, but at the same time to test changes on these bases."A classic dish with a little touch of fantasy becomes a dish unique that only you can find in THAT restaurant, cooked in THAT way, according to the fancy of THAT Chef."

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