Italian Gastronomy: Spring Lunch (2013) at Aquavite in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Small but beautiful washroom
Prices: Reasonable to expensive.
Strong points: Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables in inventive cuisine. Top-class Italian wines. Private room for~8 people

Aquavite has at last and deservedly come to age! Now with two capable chefs helping out Chef Masaru Aoki/青木優さん one can patronize one of the top Italian restaurants in the Prefecture at any time even when the latter is away on business!

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The establishment has always made it a point to preserve an easy-going but still elegant atmosphere without ostentation.

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Lunch time is a great time to first experience the great food before venturing into more serious business at dinner although lunches on request certainly do not have anything to envy about dinners!

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But what I most love about this place apart of their superb food is the fact that they extensively use and advertise local products. Not always as easy as you might think!

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First appetizer: lotus root grown in Asabata, Shizuoka City, burdock and Romaesco broccoli grown in our Prefecture!

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Second appetizer: Na no Han/rape flowers and Mangenton ham!

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This ham produced by Sano Co. in Fujinomiya City has attracted national attention of late!

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Cabbage and bean soup!

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Delicious Italian “comfort/soul food”!

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Bread is always home-baked and hust out of the oven!

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Vongo;e spaghetti for pasta! So elegant!

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Yummy cockles from Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture and broccoli from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Roasted 4-month ol lamb from new Zealand and Shizuoka vegetables for the main dish!

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Not a gram of fat! such a beautiful combination with sweet carrots!

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All succulent vegetables, which bring such great balance, are from Shizuoka and mostly organic!

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A message that cherry blossoms are about to flower in this dessert!

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Shizuoka-grown strawberry panacotta and roasted strawberry!

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How about that for a cheery tree!
Spring has definitely come!

To be continued (count on that again!)….

AQUAVITE
420-0034 Shizuoka Shi, Tokiwa-cho, 1-2-7, Tomii Bldg. 3F
Tel. & fax: 054-2740777
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00 18:00~22:00
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Non-smoking private room available!

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