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Editor's review

Controvento, or 'against the wind' (remember the old proverb?), is surely Tallinn's most prominent Italian restaurant. Tucked away in the charming Katariina passage in the Old Town, it has been delighting locals, expats and tourists for years with its traditional Mediterrean cuisine, done as only the Italians know how. Your favourite pizza and pasta dishes go down a treat with a bottle from their extensive wine list, and the setting - wooden ceilings and floors, in a medieval house adorned with stained glassed windows - is hard to beat. Make sure you reserve ahead then, if you fancy a taste of the Dolce Vita.

Editor & Tallinn Local


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love the risotto and filetto tartufato! go there everytime!

Reply Mar 9th, 2011
United Kingdom

Great pizza!

Reply Jul 14th, 2010

Controvento is the best Italian restaurant in Tallinn by far. The atmosphere is lovely, largely due to the impressive building the restaurant is housed in. The menu is beautiful, and the prices are very reasonable for that quality of food. If you are going on a Friday or a Saturday, I´d recommend you book a table in advance, as it does get really busy.

Reply Sep 16th, 2008
United Kingdom

the best place in tallinn to eat simply good food, good atmophere and good service! my first time was in 96 and of course since then a lot has changed but the restoran is always the same,welcoming and very warm especially during the cold winter.

one place to recommend to all my friends from italy and from london!!

the owner is a great person but one only thing i would love to suggest: please put some italian staff on the floor it may make it even more original but for the rest dont change anything!!

well done to the best in estonia!!

Reply Oct 10th, 2007

Really loved this place. Great food and a really nice atmosphere. My friends are coming to Tallinn next year and i will definitely be recommending Controvento and also Maikrahv

Reply Dec 19th, 2006

Amazing! true Italian place in Tallinn... don't miss it:))))))))))

Reply Mar 23rd, 2006
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