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“Charming place with excellent steak and moderate pasta”

La Bottega Dell'Oste
Ranked #79 of 104 Restaurants in Cortona
Price range: US$20 - US$57
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Hidden alleys of the old town among antique buildings of cortona, a small and romantic awaits you with traditional cuisine and a familiar atmosphere
Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

Cortona on a Sunday is a busy place and we stumbled across this little gem. Delightful ambiance and a lovely server. The pasta dishes were nice but not fabulous with large portions....The steak was outstanding!

Thank Chuck S
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

location is a bit out of the way - relative to other places in the touristic city center - in that it is somewhat-hidden on a small downsloping side street.

that was exactly why we went - very few other people to contend with.

and thus in part, service was nice. i also like the decor and feel of the restaurant.

appetizers were good - but cheese and etc came from the producers, not the kitchen.

disappointingly, the bistecca was extremely thin. for the same total weight, a thicker but narrower piece of meat would be more enjoyable. the tartufi pasta wasnt anything memorable. but one thing did stick on our mind was that the various foods that were plated on a bed of lettuce--- were plated on quite stale and yellowed lettuce. that left a metaphorically sour taste on us. (and a literal sour taste, had we eaten it).

not saying it was hazardously bad, just that for the price i think atleast we could get some greener greens???

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Thank justarandomperson
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robipoe, Proprietario at La Bottega Dell'Oste, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2015
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Vi ringraziamo per essere stati nostri ospiti.

La verdura sotto la tagliata non era stantia, ma semplicemente ammorbidita dall olio bollente con cui finiamo la cottura della tagliata stessa. Tagliata che come riassume il nome stesso della pietanza e' una bistecca affettata e servita gia tagliata, percio' qualora si volesse un bel pezzo di carne alto e corposo si puo' optare per una bistecca sul filetto, o piu' semplicemente per voi, fiorentina.

Nel dirvi grazie ancora di averci fatto visita vi lasciamo con l invito, qualora torniate a trovarci, di chiederci tutto quello che non sapete sulla cucina, giusto per non dover andare via di nuovo pensando di aver mangiato insalata appassita che in realta' era cotta.

Grazie

Grazie e a presto.

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Reviewed 11 April 2015

Easter day is not an easy one to find a place to eat in Cortona. We got there the day before and were lucky enough to find the last table available at Bottega dell'Oste, a place we know well from before and where we are always happy to come back.
We fell in love years ago with this place for their awesome steak served with fresh fruit, which unfortunately has not been in the menu for a while now.
On Easter day they had a la carte menu (we don't like to be forced to have huge meals on special holidays). We particularly liked their (large!) pecorino plate with figs marmelade, and the (large as well!) tagliata (sliced steak) that we shared. All very good, and the nice ladies running the place make you feel at ease even on a very busy day. Definitely a must go when you are in Cortona, (booking your table on special events/holidays) !

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Thank edo_calia
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Reviewed 30 December 2014

A nice restaurant in Cortona, Vicolo Mancini. Not easy to find, unless you notice the sign on Via Dardano, on the left heading north from Piazza Signorelli towards Porta Colonia (more or less halfway). We have been there several times, and will be there for new year's eve. Years ago they had a great tagliata served with fresh fruit (grapes and berries), cooked just pouring hot oil on the raw meat. Then they took it off the menu, but sometimes it is still available, just try and ask!
More elegant than a typical trattoria, but with the same friendly and nice atmosphere. A place to keep in mind while staying in (or just visiting) Cortona!

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Reviewed 4 October 2014 via mobile

I checked into my hotel and immediately walked to see if this, my favorite, restaurant was open. I had to wait 2 days but I was thrilled to see them open! I had yet another amazing meal. I just can't say enough great things about this place. The prices are great... The lovely woman who serves me is so nice I want to hug her goodbye at the end of the meal. House wine is wonderful. We ordered all 4 pasta dishes and each one was incredible. The gnocchi was particularly lovely. Bruschetta is delish... I might just eat here everyday:). I have eaten at many places in Cortona and this remains my favorite! Well done!!

Thank sunwineandpasta
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