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One of our favourite Italian restaurants in Prague. The Italian expatriate owners have tried to create a cozy, authentic atmosphere: tables decorated with red-checkered tablecloths; mirrors and eclectic pictures on the walls; nooks and corners filled odds and ends, the antique collectibles you might find in an Italian grandmother's (mostly kept) house. It works -- in a sort of Osteria del Teatro (Cortona) sort of way.
Before long, your mind will re-focus on the menu: full of Italian staples: minestrone and usually one or two other soups; antipasti that leave room for main courses and house-made pasta (mostly gnocchi, spaghetti, linguine). The list of secondi are broad -- beef (tagliata, tenderloin, rib eye), game (usually rabbit), veal, pork, and even chicken -- and are traditionally prepared. The menu also includes selection of fish and seafood.
Al dente has a respectable list of Italian wines -- but we prefer the house wine, or those offered by the glass, which are very drinkable and more affordable. The daily specials often change and usually include seasonal variations of the standard menu options.
Service is friendly, if not always prompt. For the most part, prices are reasonable compared to some of the other elite Italian restaurants in Prague. We recommend making a reservation -- be sure to ask for a table on the more rustic ground floor, or outside during the summer months.
We recommend: beef tagliata; veal tagliata (if offered); mussels and clams in white wine; the tiramisu is one of the best in town.
Our Rating (5 = excellent, 1 = poor):
- Food: 4.5
- Drink: 4.0
- Service: 3.5
- Atmosphere: 4.0