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    • Qype User Randol…
    • Cardiff
    • 95 friends
    • 157 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    16/10/2008

    My third visit here over a period of some six years. Nothing has changed except the food and service, which have got better. The views and the staff remain the same: wonderful.

    This place is set on a promontary overlooking, and offering staggering views of, the city of Bergamo. You need to book early to get a window table, but it's a big restaurant and its attractions go further than the views, so don't be disappointed if you miss out on the table.

    The menu is seasonal and always local in nature, except of course for the seafish and crustaceans which have to come in by air daily. Expect creamy polenta to be served with your mixed salumi antipasti, or take a Tomino cheese stuffed with Speck from Alto Adige, encased in pastry, and oven-baked. You are in pre-Alp country here, so the food becomes more comforting and feeding. Pasta courses will certainly include the local Casoncelli, a type of ravioli stuffed with mince and finished in the oven with butter and sage. Risotto will be present, and in Autumn it will come with fresh funghi porcini. Mains will sometimes include Goat, always Pork, and if you've already blown a gasket you can just take the grilled vegetables with a light cheese sauce. Desserts are a speciality and the much-maligned Tiramisu is a real delight. There's a choice of 20+ Pizze (lunchtime only) and a superb wine list with local and national wines of serious quality.

    We were served studiously by Paolo. The staff are a class act. Nicola has been there for years, and is always anxious to help with your choice of wines. The Zani family have owned this 100-year old restaurant since 1978, and are now into their second generation. This way, tradition is born.

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