Italian Gastronomy: First 2013 Lunch at Il Paladino in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: Great and very large washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive.
Strong points: Sicilian Cuisine. Top-class Italian wines and great collection of Grappa.
Non-smoking at tables. Private room can be made non-smoking!

Due to many restaurants sprouting here and there in Shizuoka Prefecture I had “forgotten” another favorite Italian restaurant of mine, namely Il Paladino in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City.
Finally I found the opportunity to pay it a deserved visit for lunch today!

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Mrs. Chieko Kokawa/古川千恵子さん in charge of the service, Chef Tetsuya Kokawa/古川哲哉さん and Second Chef Mitsuru Tomita/富田満さん!

It was also an opportunity to see ever-smiling Chieko Kokawa again in charge of the service!

So what did Chef Kokawa prepare me this time?

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Please note that all the bread at Il Paladino is home-made on the very day!

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Can you see the beautiful loaf?

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I just love Il Paladino’s beautifully colored antipasto misti!

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An exquisitely balanced meal in itself with vegetables, chicken, eggs and seafood!

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A really tasty and elegant pasta dish made with Maglie di Zito!

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These Maglie served al dente, Sicilian style, provide for the right bite!

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The sauce, very original, consisted of fine pork, onions, fond de veau veal stock, cream and what else!
Another meal in itself!

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The ingredients for the main dish!

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Oven-baked homard/lobster with herbs!

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Beautiful, perfectly cooked, exquisitely seasoned and extravagant!

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I’ve never been really convinced by desserts in Italian gastronomy but Il Paladino’s offerings are worth the trip!

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Fine dark cherry cake half way between a financier and a clafoutis, soft pistachio bicuit and apple compote!

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Panacotta, mint and jellied orange peels!

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And a delicious expresso served the right way!
Yes, I had some wine! LOL

To be continued…

Tratorria . Il Paladino
420-9839 Shizuoka City, Aoi-Ku, Takajo, 2-8-19
Tel.: 054-253-6537
Opening hours: 11:30~13:30, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Mondays
Credit cards OK (Dinner only)

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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