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“Cozy with cute feminine decor”
Review of Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis
Ranked #64 of 664 Restaurants in Cuenca
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

With so many choices of restaurants here in Cuenca, we finally remembered to visit Quo Vadis. We now wish we had not taken sooo long to go.
It is an intimate dining area with four small tables 2-4 persons each. The decor is amazing....very cute with flowers and lace, just like your Grandmothers dining room might look. The interior umbrella's nicely hide the double height ceilings and give that warm cozy feel.
We made reservation just that same afternoon. Upon arrival the two of us were greeted warmly by the chef/owner and seated at our table. We were given a menu consisting of about 5 appetizers (Entradas) and quite an extensive list of Pasta choices for the main dish. We did not see any other type of dishes such as meats or seafood. The choices are the different preparations of sauces (some with seafood), then at the bottom you may choose which type of pasta you prefer (fettuccine, fusili, penne, spaghetti, etc...). they also have Lasagna and ravioli.
We started with a mixed appetizer of prosciutto (from Italy) and cheeses (selection of hard aged and medium firm -- no soft ones) accompanied by a caramelized onion compote and a roasted red pepper sauce. We savoured this with the basket of freshly baked bread also provided.
For our main dishes: one of us ordered the Carbonara, and were informed that is was not made with cream (as usual in North America), but as traditionally done in Italy with egg....perfect! Our other pasta was a tomato and gorgonzola sauce with penne. Both were absolutely fantastic. Pastas cooked perfectly, the Carbonara with pancetta and mushroom in egg and Parmesan was not saucy but well coated.....and that gorgonzola sauce was probably the smoothest, richest, deepest flavoured we have ever had. Neither of us had to touch the salt or pepper.
We topped the meal off with great Italian coffees and the chefs delicious panna cotta which he proudly proclaimed was his grandmothers recipe.
Quo Vadis is now definitely at the top of our list for Pasta here in Cuenca. We will return soon.

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Reviewed 13 May 2017

In our travels through South America, now in our 7th months, the most memorable experiences have been walking into the proverbial "hole in the wall" restaurant and be met with a myriad of delightful flavors packed with focused and friendly attention. This was the case with Quo Vadis. Within the intimacy of their 4 tables, we were greeted, served, informed, fed, and parted in the most nourishing and authentic way. The beef with mushrooms and truffles was superb as it was the pasta carbonara. We could taste the freshness of their ingredients in every bite! We tasted the red pepper jam and we just had to buy a jar to take home! But it was the intimacy of the staff and chef around our table that brought it all together and created a unique experience.

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

I hesitate to write this review. I want to keep this place for myself!

Quo Vadis...its food, its decor, its service, its ambience and its owners are the nth degree of charming. And it is all these things working in sync that makes it all so special. The menu is limited, there are only four tables, even the restrooms are next door (off a cute hotel lobby/bar)..but it all works perfectly. You could be sitting in any ideal neighborhood restaurant in Italy.

We were there for lunch.We shared 2 plates of carpaccio to start then dived into four different pasta dishes, a carbonara, a tomatoes and anchovies, a mushrooms with (real) truffles and a one with a vodka sauce. The T&A and the M&T were downright exceptional. Their tiramisu is the best in a town full of tiramisu.

Please, don't tell the tourists!

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Thank Lorne G
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Great cozy little spot with great pasta! Limited menu - it changes by the night. I had an antipasta mix of cheese and meats and Mushroom Pasta. I can't wait to go back for some really great Italian food in Cuenca!

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Thank rachhetz
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a sweet little restaurant, with only 4 tables, each with flowers and a table cloth. The owners are Italian, and came to Ecuador from Rome. They make a variety of pasta dishes (there is actually a menu if one persists - they seem to range from $10-15)...We ate an extremely tasty mixed salad (there are also antipastos) gorged on 2 servings of penne with shrimp. There is a good wine selection, and the owners make a variety of artesan products (cheese, chocolate, etc.) Reservations are highly recommended.

Thank Brenlang_11
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