There is a plethora of Italian restaurants in Shizuoka City. But when it comes to consider quality and originality, the five fingers of a hand would be too many to count them!
Via Del Burgo is fortunately one of them!
Do take your time before ordering from the blackboard hung against the wall. This is a slow food Italian restaurant anyway.
They have a good wine list with seasonal recommendations. We decided to try the recommendation:
A Milleuve, very dry white from Venezia Giullia 2003 that was just perfect, if not complex, with the food.
As our order was taking some time, we were offered some grilled vegetables (above) before being served an assortment of antipasti:
Brruschietta, parma Ham, Ratatouille, Tomato salad and rice-stuffed calamari.
Next came a specialty of the house:
Suteed scallops and avocado topped with tomato salad with just enough seasoning. A real find!
As I could not escape from my better half’s pasta order, we had a succulent
Linguine with “sazae” (turbo shell), anchovy, green olives and Puttanesca Tomato. I must admit I was impressed!
It was about time to savour my order:
Deep-fried ris de veau (Veal spleen) with baked risotto.
Now, that was a beauty! Ris de veau requires a perfect timing, so you can imagine the difficulty of the seemingly easy dish that Mr. Takahiko Kato is so expert at preparing!
The fact he spent a whole year in Italy in perfecting his art at famous establishments after a long experience in Japan explain things!
We still have some space left. Mr. Kato proposed something off the menu:
Iberico pork sauteed together with spring potatoes and garlic. The perfect balance.
We were full by then, and as usual we shall have to come back soon again to tackle the desserts!
Via Del Burgo
420-0035 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi-Ku, Shichikencho, 8-26
Tel & Fax: 054-2217666
Business hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Credit cards OK