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Bevagna: Ottavius Ristorante

Via Del Gonfalone 4 , Phone: 0742.360555

Reviewed by: Dorit from Israel, review #2664

When: 2007

We Ate Here Three Times in a week.

We had three meals in this restaurant during our week long stay in Bevagna. The first night we were there, Wednesday, we had little choice, as it was only one of two restaurants open that night.

The restaurant itself consists of three rooms, each one lower down by several steps than the former. They are small-ish rooms and lend a feeling of intimacy to the atmosphere.

We were three people in our group and our meals were usually between 70-85 euros total, always including a bottle or two of water and one bottle of medium-priced (10 euros) wine.

Their "special" dish is gnocchi in sagrantino sauce with bits of bacon. I ordered it and was in absolute heaven. Others had tagliatelle with porcini which were also excellent. We all ordered lamb for our secondi and they were delicious - juicy, perfectly grilled and very flavorful. The insalata mista was also decent. Two portions of good tiramisu rounded off the meal.

Other dishes we had in our other two meals here included: bruschetta miste which were very good, excellent veal strips, again perfectly grilled, juicy and tender, in peppercorns, and once in arugula.

The only absolutely BAD dish we had was an order of vin santo with biscotti. The vin santo was anything but, it was not sweet and had a harsh taste and the biscotti seemed not really fresh.

Waitstaff in this restaurant, with the exception of one very sweet woman, were not very attentive (we had to actually ask for the bread basket and silverware several times and they seemed flustered and over-worked), nor were they particularly helpful. However, they were not nasty or unpleasant and since we were not there to rush through our meals, it really did not bother us, nor detract from the excellent food we ate.

In short, I can recommend this restaurant to others and I would definitely return on a subsequent visit.

Reviewed by: Marc from Italy, review #1188

When: 2005

There are better places in Bevagna. Give it a miss.

It may not be the swankiest restaurant in Bevagna, but even so, to arrive and find most of the staff sitting down to their evening meal at eight o'clock on a Friday evening seems way too informal.

The place itself is somewhat dungeon-like. The service was OK and the food very unmemorable. My secondo 'pecorino all griglia' was just an unadorned, luke-warm slab of indifferent quality mild cheese plonked on a plate. It took me right back to my bachelor days.

130 for 4 for two courses with wine (we'd lost interest when we got to ordering desserts).

Reviewed by: azwaniecki from MD, review #810

When: 2003

Nice looks but menu could be more varied.

Situated in a cellar-like vaulted medieval room, this restaurant, which for the last several years has been collecting awards and prizes, looks good. And its famous gnocchi al Sagrantino were indeed heavenly.

But we were rather disappointed but the rest of the menu limited mostly to grilled meats. I had a selection of different meats with two bony pieces I wasn't able to chew and Urszula had a beef, which didn't impress her either.

Reviewed by: Liz from Canada (moderator), review #591

When: 2003

Great atmosphere, great lunch!

Directions: Just off the main piazza; look for the signs

We arrived in Bevagna and headed straight for lunch at Ottavius which came recommened to us from friends. Outdoor patio seats are available but we opted for the cooler confines of their medieval room.

We chose the local specialty of Gnocchi al Sagrantino and this was excellent. In fact it was so good we went back a couple of days later for dinner. Lunch for 4 with wine 75 Euro.

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