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“Welcoming atmosphere and delicious food”

Hotel Fonte Cesia Restaurant
Ranked #37 of 78 Restaurants in Todi
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Reviewed July 24, 2016

We had one of our best dinners during our stay in Umbria at the Cesia Restaurant. With minor exceptions the staff was very friendly and helpful and made us feel really welcome. We were two families with teenage children and we were all very pleased with the food and the service. We tried both pasta and pizza as well as risotto and a variety of con torni.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Basically spent the whole evening laughing at the complete inadequacies of the staff - only the waitress who spoke English pretty well seemed competent. She took our order, but that, sadly, was the last time we saw her.

There were five of us, all of us just ordered a main course - our son's pizza came first - within minutes of ordering, so we sat with great anticipation for the rest of the dishes to arrive. And we waited, and waited. Finally two dishes emerged, the risotto that I had ordered, which was, I have to say, tasty and very hot., and what we thought was the dish my husband had ordered - well, it had prawns in it, so we presumed it was his dish, and the fact that they arrived TOGETHER led us to believe it was his dish. And our two daughters waited, and waited. Our son had by this point finished his pizza. A man came past and asked if everything was okay? I pointed out that there were still two dishes missing, so off he ran into the hotel. A few minutes later he returned with our daughters gratin. He looked at our youngest, starving by this point, and asked what she had ordered? "Pasta naturelle" was the reply - just a simple bowl of plain pasta was all she wanted, and she was the only one with nothing to eat! He disappeared again, off into the depths of the hotel, to return with a bowl of spaghetti - yay! Her elation was short lived as this was heaped with sauce and langoustine - looked yummy, but not what the child had ordered. He then looked at me, who was by now finishing my half of my husbands dish (we had decided to eat half and half) and told me that I was eating the wrong dish! He said the pasta he was holding was the dish we had ordered - yeah, we'll, your staff served me with this one, so I ate it! The fact that he only just had it in his hands would have meant that we would have been waiting all that time before one of us was served, so apologies to the person whose dish we ate, but it was not our fault! He disappeared off again, and within seconds returned with the bowl of plain pasta that should have been served 1/2 an hour before. There was no way that that pasta had just been cooked - he had reappeared too quickly!

We asked for the bill after our daughter had finished her meal, and sat and waited, and waited. The table behind us, two people halfway through their meal, had a bill delivered to them - er, I think that's our bill! Eventually we got fed up with waiting for nothing to happen and went to the desk to pay, where we saw, quite clearly, our order receipt sitting on the desk as if no-one quite knew what to do with it...no wonder they don't have a clue what is going on! Not helped by the fact that the hotel reception manager was also manning the restaurant payment desk - or could it be the other way round? We shall never know because we won't be returning! Luckily we laugh at stuff like this, but others won't!

Date of visit: August 2013
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I must admit that this looks a fabulous hotel, but sadly we were staying elsewhere, outside Todi, but the hotel has a restaurant for non residents that is shared with residents. I say restaurant, but on our visit it appeared to be more of a pizzeria. We were attracted by the advertised terrace restaurant at the hotel entrance and were escorted there through a maze of rooms, past the pizza oven and up flights of stairs to the impressive open air eating place. We were shown to a nice table and provided with the extensive menu, that included a range of pizzas. We wanted a more formal meal and so went for starters and meat mains.

The senior waitress was very pleasant and spoke good English and took our order promptly. My wife wanted a pasta dish of gnocchi in a truffle sauce to start while I ordered a mixed antipasti dish. We made it very clear that we wanted the pasta dish and the antipasti at the same time. The waitress was clear.

As we waited and enjoyed a bottle of local wine and sparkling water, residents (and their dogs)appeared from all directions and were shown to their reserved tables. All ages - children, grandparents and spaniels. There appeared to be plenty of waitresses, so despite the sudden influx of diners, we did not envisage any problems. However, when my wife's gnocchi arrived alongside a plate of lamb chops, I began to panic. With the lamb returned to the kitchen, we began waiting and waiting. Meanwhile, pizzas arrived in their masses via the dumb waiter from the pizza oven below and the female hotel owner began to rally the waitresses to get the margaritas' to the waiting residents.

And we waited and waited and we starter to share the gnocchi dish. It was excellent, but we had just finished it when my antipasti dish arrived, with an apology and an extra generous portion of stuffed tomato! So generous we could not finish it. Thankfully we were in no hurray, as we then had a long wait for our meat mains - sliced chicken in tomato and gorgonzola and pork fillets with sliced pears. Plus side orders of a mixed salad and fries.

By the time our main dishes arrived, residents were tottering off to bed and dogs to their baskets. The sliced chicken was very tender and very generous, as were the chopped tomato but the cheese was not gorgonzola. The pork fillets were nicely cooked but the pears were not hot or caramelised as expected. The salad arrived but the fries did not. Nevertheless we ate on and the fries finally arrived as our meat dishes disappeared.

Our friendly waitress acknowledged the delays and the mix up in dishes and their delivery. Clearly hotel residents are her priority. Not a problem, but opening the restaurant/pizzeria to non residents does demand a level of good service for them too.

The final bill was 65 Euros (£52).

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

After a day of traveling it was wonderful to come back to the hotel and unwind with a great wine selection and wonderfully rustic dinner.

Date of visit: April 2012
Thank ksconz
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile
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Date of visit: September 2018
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