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Il Don Giovanni

Corso Ercole I d'Este 1, 44121, Ferrara, Italy
+39 0532 243363
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
4 Jul 2017
“Wonderful dinner”
26 Aug 2017
“I expected something better”
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Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Corso Ercole I d'Este 1, 44121, Ferrara, Italy
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

I visited this restaurant with my wife with very high expectations. The service is perfect and the waiters are very kind, but the food was not the top class that you would expect from a place like that. I will not come back, sorry about...More

Thank Giulio C
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Slightly hidden inside a building that was the worlds first stock exchange, this is a gem of a restaurant. You have to order the spaghetti AOP, spicy and addictive. This is one of the top 3 restaurants in Ferrara, absolutely worth a stop. Casual, no...More

Thank georgem107
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Enjoyed a tasty dinner at this intimate restaurant with only six tables. Service was professional but friendly, with the chef's wife as hostess. The chef personally came from the kitchen to welcome us. Food was delicious and wine list thorough and not over priced. It...More

1  Thank Shi Hu
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Friendly and intimate atmosphere, perfect service. Large wine list with reasonably priced wines. Meat (pigeon, lamb) absolutely to the point, taste of everything well balanced. Nice interim courses (pre and apres desert, fe). Sweets very creative and excellent. Strong recommendation!

Thank grund01
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

The loveliest meal I had in Ferrara. I ordered the 5 course fish based tasting menu and very dish was creatively executed, delicate in flavor and beautiful in presentation. The service was attentive and very friendly, and since there are only 6 tables in the...More

2  Thank Artgeek
Reviewed 30 January 2016

I am surprised that this restaurant is not higher up in the rankings on trip advisor. In fact I think it is among the best in Ferrara. Located in a beautiful court in front of the castle, with a nice atmosphere and great innovative food....More

1  Thank LadyAbroad
Reviewed 10 December 2015

Food excellent, very well served in this very tiny restaurant (only few tables in winter). Excellent fish, very tasty ravioli, perfect desserts. The only drawback is the bill, well beyond the expectations. Seventy euros for few flutes of "prosecco" is definitely too much.More

1  Thank Giovanni N
Laura G, Proprietario at Il Don Giovanni, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2015
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Gentilissimo, la ringraziamo per la sua recensione e siamo felici che abbia gradito il suo pranzo. le ricordo che avete...More

Reviewed 16 October 2015

In late September, 2015, we stayed three nights in Ferrara a block from this restaurant, during our tour of cities of Emilia Romagna and the Veneto outside Venice. We ate at Il Don Giovanni our first night in its main dining room and, on our...More

Thank Debbie G
Reviewed 24 September 2015

Being first-timers in Italy, this restaurant was our first experience in using a guidebook to direct us to a local restaurant. (We did not have a reservation.) The guidebook said that the restaurant was open from 5PM on, which we thought somewhat odd, even having...More

3  Thank EliseAnnW
Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

Very pleasant meal, with pleasant service. Probably expected slightly more to be honest, as the stop in Ferrara was built around a visit to this Michelin starred restaurant. Had worse meals, but also had much better..

Thank andyhersh
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 82 - USD 117
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corso Ercole I d'Este 1, 44121, Ferrara, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Ferrara  >  Ferrara
  • Phone Number: +39 0532 243363
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The intimacy of a small room with just six tables with views of the kitchen, you will enjoy a dining experience in an exclusive atmosphere. Don Giovanni bases its origins on over 25 years of experience in the restaurant business Italian and international Chef Pier Luigi Di Diego and the daily and careful research of raw materials of the season and first quality. Our garden of 1.2 hectare, diversified from May to October, is located at Marrara near the former headquarters of the restaurant and allow us to use fresh raw materials that are processed in the kitchen with great respect for tradition, without excluding modern techniques cooking and processing of food, paying close attention to nutritional aspects. Every day by our pastry, fresh bread is prepared with different qualities of flour. Our wine cellar, made in the former bank vault that was here before the seat, offers a careful selection of wines with more than 600 national and international labels. Our philosophy of life, prompted us to choose most of the wines produced from sustainable agriculture (organic, biodynamic, etc.). The opportunity of a proposal for a tasting by the glass in combination with the food is the opportunity to taste wines that respect the originality of the terroir, ie the taste of a particular place. To advise in the room Laura Gentleman, wife of the chef, their synergy, dining and kitchen, take you to your gastronomic journey as an indispensable ingredient of a recipe meditated.
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