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“Excellent food, ambience and service ”
Review of Osteria Mercato

Osteria Mercato
Ranked #2 of 115 Restaurants in Stresa
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

This place was recommended from our hotel. It was packed with the locals on Saturday night. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco on the house. The menu was varied with local dishes as well as different specialities.

My starter dish was spectacular to look at and sublime to taste -sea bass carpaccio. See photos included. It was like a plate full of jewels. The pasta and risotto were amazing. We also tasted the trout tartare and the cheese brûlée - all tasted excellent.

We did not have space for desserts or cheese. They have a wonderful cheese trolley and it is a shame we did not manage to taste, but we were very full. It is a delightful corner for cheese lovers and a must next time!

It was very well priced too. Less than 35 euros a head for 2 course meal with a glass of wine.

Definitely a good highlight of our holiday. Loved it and will recommend. Well done to the team!

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank frawla
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

We read the reviews so went to see for ourselves but it was shut, wrong time of day so we went back when it was open to book a table for the next day. It doesn't look much, front door in a corner of a car park but don't let that put you off. We should have booked sooner as it is obviously very popular and we found out why! We had to sit outside on the terrace, but there are heaters and the lovely friendly waitress brought us blankets.
The food was wonderful. I had lamb cutlets, they were melt in the mouth yet still pink. I asked the waitress how they were prepared and she said in a water bath at 70° for 9 hours before going into the pan with all the flavouring and herbs. It was like something from "The Great British Menu"! My partner had fish, gurnard from Cornwall! We asked for extra vegetables which came beautifully cooked, still slightly crisp, mangetout peas, fennel, broccoli and mushrooms (may have been ceps). Dessert was amazing too, figs with delicious creamy and icy delights. It was fine dining, great atmosphere, helpful staff at a reasonable price, not the cheapest but good value. We were also served a free prosecco prosecco each with a delicious little amuse bouche and petit fours after dessert.

Date of visit: October 2018
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1  Thank Elizabeth O
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

What a great place in atmosphere, food quality and taste, and staff/owner. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff and owner Martina saw to it that everyone was well taken care of. Great wine selection and suggestions. Lots of Gluten Free options, all excellent! Ate here almost every night we stayed in Stresa. Very nice comfy restaurant with inside and outdoor patio seating (with heaters). EVERYTHING on the menu was great. Terrific flavor and good portions. EXCELLENT service. Reasonably priced too. If you are in Stresa, you have to eat here at least twice! (5 times is better...)

Date of visit: October 2018
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1  Thank bneuzil
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

It was the first restaurant on our 17 days trip, and one of the best. The place is very elegant. The food was amazing, and the service was very good.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

Four of us were a "walk in" mid-evening when all tables were already reserved. However, if we agreed to eat relatively quickly rather than plan for a very leisurely meal, they would seat us. We jumped at the opportunity. The food was outstanding, the service timely and friendly. We definitely did not feel rushed. And by the end of our meal, the party who was supposed to be at our table was seated at another just-opened table.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Thank 784judyc
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