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“One of the poorest experiences so far.”
Review of Symposium

Symposium
Ranked #15 of 18 Restaurants in Cartoceto
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Symposium is the perfect location for your special event, thanks to thirty years in fine dining combined with the professionalism of a highly qualified staff. Lying on the hills of Pesaro, a short walk from the sea, the location has wide spaces suitable for every need, allowing you to organize your party any time of year. At Symposium you will find a beautifully furnished, bright room and a garden with an elegant pool and a terrace with panoramic view. A path in the garden leads you through an area and one of the location, allowing guests to breathe the scents and breezes of the campaign. Symposium also provides 7 rooms for overnight stay with all comforts, overlooking the heated pool and the thalassotherapic spa. Symposium is the place to live unforgettable moments.
Reviewed 16 August 2014

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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Reviewed 1 August 2012

Had a fantastic meal. The food was amazing and Luccio was the perfect host explaining the menu and helping to select the food and wine. I had the rissoto, rabbit and the wild boar. Probably one of the best meals I have ever had.

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