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“Fantastic food, obscure logistics”

Ristorante Antica Dogana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 43 - USD 73
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: On the slopes of a hill, like a window on Lake Trasimeno, is the Restaurant Antica Dogana. In Summer you will welcome a wonderful rustic-style garden, and in winter two small rooms painted by Walter Pituello and a wood stove, make your event very romantic and cozy.
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Stunning location. Great view of the lake. Very romantic. It's a pity the highway is within a 100m distance, but it is out of sight and only the sound of traffic gives it away.
We were struggling a bit with a waiter, who excelled in handling wine bottles and serving plates using professional "waiting" motor skills, but who was far too young to have such limited skills in communicating in English.
What did not help is that the chef had a "house rule" demanding that the entire table (4 adults and 5 children in our case), either ordered a menu, or ordered a la carte. So no menus and a la carte served on one table (!?). The reason was to avoid confusion in the kitchen. Instead, the confusion is now with the customers. It is difficult to see how this rule would make things easier, since a table of nine ordering 4 menus and 5 times a la carte (not allowed!) seems like the same hassle as serving 4 menus for a table of 4 and 5 times a la carte for a table of 5 (allowed). After some deliberation with the chef, an exception was made for the children and by switching a view plates, we all got what we wanted.
My recommendation to the chef: don't bother your customers with confusing rules. They are an unnecessary distraction from the magic you work in the kitchen.
Did I mention that the food and the wine were absolutely brilliant?

Thank steve r
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sterut_12, Proprietario at Ristorante Antica Dogana, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017
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Grazie per la sua recensione
sappiamo bene che le nostre regole vi sono incomprensibili!
Tornate a trovarci
Chef Stefano,Michela e lo staff

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

Michela went out of her way to cater to my gluten sensitivity: my own GF crackers and an offering of custom-made risotto. EVERYTHING was wonderful and freshly prepared, from crisp, perfect salad greens to crispy, savory local fish...we were too full for dessert! Highly recommended! Book it.

Thank chrissyfaith
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sterut_12, Proprietario at Ristorante Antica Dogana, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

thank you so much for the beautiful words,
if is possible we have care of our guests!
we like to make good food with the best of the products
for make you happy...

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Reviewed 13 August 2016

My new favorite place only 5 minutes from home! I ate here at least once a week with friends during the months of June and July. It's so exciting to have a decent restaurant that doesn't require driving for 30 minutes or more. The food is absolutely fantastic. The wine list features all local wines, and for a minimal price are quite good. The setting is beautiful with a view overlooking the lake. They even have WiFi, and the password is discreetly noted on paper left on the table. However, I would recommend leaving all electronic devices at home, start with a compllimentary glass of prosecco, and enjoy a relaxed evening with friends or family savoring some of the finest food you'll find in Umbria.

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Thank Sharonlee311
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michelaio29, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Antica Dogana, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2016

Thank you very much!
Guests like you are so special!
When we see your booking we are so happy 'cause you travel a lot and you visit many countries ...come in our restaurant once a week and every time you make compliments
Thank you!
Kindly Michela

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Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped for dinner on a drive from Siena to Perugia. The view over the lake is fantastic. We sat outdoors. The service is friendly and personal and a little English is spoken. It's not a fancy place but the food quality is above average. I had the lake bass which was well prepared and fresh.

Thank BacioDenmark
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michelaio29, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Antica Dogana, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2016

Thank you!
the view is really amazing in all the seasons...
but in winter time is not possible to stay outside!!!!!
we have a beautiful room all painted with the story of our costum.
kind regards
Michela

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Reviewed 11 July 2016

Cozy restaurant. Nice terasse!
Honest Italian cuisine.
Great wines. Try the ones from Moltepuciano!
Friendly, helpfull staff

Thank LukeSpiker
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michelaio29, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Ristorante Antica Dogana, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2016

Thank you so much!
We choose our wines after tasting in the vinery
and if our guests want they can go and buy
we tell where!
Grazie
Michela Chef Stefano e lo Staff

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