The location is beautiful, with great views over the surroundings hills. Feeling more like somebody's home than a restaurant, the welcome here was warm, and friendly. Given that the wine list advertised on the internet was full of very interesting wines at friendly prices, we asked to visit the cellar, which was promptly done.
After a discussion with the owner (who tries hard to look like Marco Pierre White), we began to look at the wine list and select our bottles. Now, every single bottle of the following producers had been sold out (Soldera, Giacomo Conterno, Valentini, Giacosa, etc.). We asked for around 28-30 wines before we found a bottle that was still available. If a restaurant puts such a strong emphasis on its wine selection, it should update its wine list with some frequency; we were proudly told they hadn't done it since 2010...
One of the bottles ordered was in perfect condition, and was stunning, but the other was evidently corked. Telling the chef about it, he started arguing about the fact for a good 30min, coming up with very interesting explanations (e.g. "green reduction"), and insisting that he would not open another, or let us choose something else, and that we had to pay for the bottle. This was the first time ever that a restaurateur refused to take a bottle back, and the way the owner tried to talk himself out of it was unbelievable.
When it came to the food, the starters were decent, if not really noteworthy. The primi featured a very good game ragout, and a horribly undercooked risotto that was more rice with broth, rather than creamy, runny risotto. The main course was the signature dish: woodcock. Defrosted, and completely overcooked it was hard, and not very pleasant to eat at all.
The food was decent enough, but the fact that the owner refuses to take evidently corked bottles back, and lures people to his restaurant with a great wine list made this an unbelievable experience.
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