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Saggio di Vino: What a pity that we are not rich
The restaurant is closed at the moment. It suffered extensive damage in the 4 September magnitude 7.1 earthquake.
Update June 2011
The building which was beyond repair after the earthquake on 22 February 2011 has been demolished in the meantime.
If we were rich we would surely dine there regularly - but unfortunately we cannot afford Tournedos Rossini with truffles topping (NZ$ 89) every week. If you want to go for a cheaper option you could try truffled infused Duck Breast with Sarladaise potatoes for $72...
No, but really. Surely you must not have truffles, and you can have any kind of mains for a bargain of $30 to 40, starters at about $20, and desserts at $13.50. Three- and four-course set menus are interesting options. You will have to pay from $10 to 20 for a glass of wine, so it is well worth to consider ordering a bottle.
The food itself is superb. So it comes as no surprise that this restaurant has received several awards for excellence. As you can expect, they use fresh ingredients and seasonal fare.
What I find great is that they do not accept groups of more than 12 people, so that the other customers can still enjoy their dining experience in a rather intimate atmosphere.
Just for the food I would rate it a 5 star restaurant. What makes me choose only 4 stars is the service that was a bit too distant for my taste when we were there, slightly arrogant. This is why we have been there only twice, once on a New Year's Eve, when they easily managed to serve everybody in a satisfactory way and time although the restaurant was fully booked. We have been to similar places where we have felt more welcome.
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