Villa Crespi is Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s main restaurant, whose popularity has exponentially grown in the past few years. In fact the waiting list is about two months for every day of the week. For the not informed, we are talking about one of the most mediatically exposed chef in Italy: judge in Master Chef and host of our version of Kitchen Nightmares. Direct consequence of his acclaim is the opening of a bistrot restaurant in Novara (you can find here my review in Italian) and very soon in Turin too.
This kind of popularity tends to attract far less demanding customers (if we can say so), and premature estimators may ask themselves if this excess of success (forgive the rhyme) can have an impact on the overall quality of his restaurant.
For sure the amenity of the location was not affected: we are still in a wonderful moorish style villa near the shore of the Orta lake with baroque halls, silver cutlery and long clothed tables with no concessions to the nordic minimalist style. Service seemed a bit in trouble during our last visit, but we also have to consider that the end of the season was near, and the tiredness of the staff was palpable. Continue reading “Route change? @ Villa Crespi – Orta San Giulio (NO)”