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“Heavenly Surprise”
Review of Ottavi Mare

Ottavi Mare
Ranked #2 of 39 Restaurants in Bevagna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 35 - USD 46
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

With church bells chiming on the quarter hour, we entered the quiet space of Ottavio Mare in Bevagna to begin our divine seafood meal. Greeted by the chef/owner, Vittorio, who was the only English-speaking employee, we embarked upon a dinner beginning with an amuse-bouche of smoked fresh anchovies on brown bread, fried rice cracker in squid ink with a whitefish mousse, and truffle rolls with oyster butter. I chose two cold appetizers: smoked salmon with two types of beet zest and tuna crudo topped with tuna sauce. I followed the appetizers with a handmade ravioli filled with a fava bean purée topped with sweet red prawns and truffles...each dish more unique and distinctly flavored than the previous one. My husband - after sharing my appetizers - enjoyed a sushi-style salmon wrapped in nori coated with a crunchy topping and flavored with a mild Asian sauce. The chef was incredibly accommodating and helpful. Unable to resist, we ordered dessert: a Mille feuille with chocolate and mocha cream, and a chilled passion fruit mousse cake accompanied by a tiny creme brûlée. Everything was incredibly delicious, and if you are ever in Bevagna, I recommend this as a must!

Thank frankandellen
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Surprisingly a number of restaurants were closed on our stormy night. We happened upon the Ottavi Mare and we’re thrilled with our choice. We left the wine decision to our host and his selection was on the money. Every dinner choice became a favorite. A small gem of a place and the personal touch of the chef made the evening unforgettable. The only regret is that we have to leave tomorrow morning. A spot not to be missed!

Thank Doug66326632
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

What a great idea: A very good fish restaurant in the middle of Umbria. The young owners are passionate about food and the propose an inventive and very tasty cuisine - so tasty that we went there twice in a short period of time. Yummy appetizer with a anchovy smoked by the owner himself, quickly seared tuna on a pistaccio cream with desiccated raspberries, seared tuna and foie gras on a wine reduction, fish soup cooked in a cartoccio (my girlfriend loved it, had it twice), good ice cream, chocolate threefold (tris di cioccolato), crème brulée etc.. The only thing i didn't like was the pasta (the sauce was too sweet, almost like Ketchup).
The Rosé Prosecco was good too.
Carry on with the good work!
Bevagna is a cute little old city.

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Thank Fenugreek12
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff. Food is the best in Umbria. And I like the setting and the pictures. From Anoush (nearly 5 yrs)

Thank noushiesomaiya
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

This was totally accidental as we were simply trying to break from grilled meat that is the cornerstone of Umbrian cuisine. In a what the h... moment, we stopped by this small and aesthetic place hidden in plain sight.on a small through street.

Lovely very very reasonably priced and on par with Michelin-y places we have enjoyed on either coast. Fine antipasti: stuffed calamaretti and tuna carpaccio con lampone (raspberry drizzle) Fine primi: Spaghettini con vongole verace Excellent, fresh and perfectly cooked secondi: a beautiful spigola for two , with perfectly prepared vegetables.

I hate to tell you about this place because there are not many tables and certainly no place specializing in fish for a two hour drive from this point

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Thank Jcraigh
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