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Ristorante Ambrosia

Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
+39 0575 604715
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bbq chicken” (3 reviews)
“suckling pig” (3 reviews)
“panzanella” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

Very nice atmosphere, restaurant subtly lit and carved out from the rock of this ancient hillside town with water flowing through the backside of the building, the chef and his girlfriend were very attentive, giving us a welcome glass of Prosecco and Bruschetta, the meal...More

Thank Turksadventurer
Reviewed 4 November 2015

Mateo is a terrific chef and cooking instructor. My wife and I were most impressed with our meal and asked about the cooking class. We scheduled it for several days later and enjoyed every minute of his excellent tutalage.

Thank Dale P
Reviewed 23 October 2015 via mobile

If you want something other than pizza or pasta with standard sauces, this restaurant is for you. Chef Matteo's menu is refreshingly creative and also features more seafood than most. We especially enjoyed the grilled octopus, served in a delightful presentation, and the squid ink...More

Thank SMatthew3736
Reviewed 23 September 2015

How can the 4 dollar a liter wine be so good?! Really...eating in a cave 2500 years old! Chef is passionate about what he does. I had pasta with boar Ragu...amazing! This was a family run business...real italy!

Thank Laurahill269
Reviewed 12 September 2015

This restaurant did not disappoint! Every part of the meal was absolutely amazing and we loved the look and feel of it as well. It was picked based on Trip Advisor reviews and they were all spot on!! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

1  Thank jenann1962
Reviewed 7 September 2015

We were touring Cortona and popped into lunch where we had nice meal. After an amouse we shared fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with ricotta then tagliatelle with garlic and cherry tomatoes and gnudi of ricotta with dried sausage chips and truffles shaved. A lical Cortonese...More

Thank MDrooster
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Fantastic use of local produce, inventive chef, especially the Rabbit dish Charming family run business

1  Thank Paul G
Reviewed 11 August 2015

We chose this restaurant based on Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed. It is quite easy to miss the entrance on a street leading out of the town. The dining area is small but with a lovely intimate atmosphere with exposed stonework and an...More

1  Thank BooberBear
Reviewed 2 August 2015

We visited the beautiful town of Cortona two weeks ago and after looking at trip advisor decided we would have lunch at Ristorante Ambrosia due to the many excellent reviews it had received. We were not at all disappointed. Ambrosia is a beautiful restaurant, which...More

Thank lovinglife1980
Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

Food was lovely and wine was yummy!! The owner really stole the show for me! Funny and charming and so passionate about service and his food! Romantic too!!

Thank Rhiannon C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 49
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Dardano 40, 52044, Cortona, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Arezzo  >  Cortona
  • Phone Number: +39 0575 604715
  • E-mail
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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