Italian Gastronomy: Dinner (2013 summer) at Solio in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

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The team: Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子 and Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦!

I have already introduced Solio, one of the very top references in Itlian Gastronomy in the whole Shizuoka Prefecture therefore let me talk immediately about we had during our last and very quick visit!

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Mini tomatoes from Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦’s own garden and mozzarella cheese salad to help our patience!

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We noticed in the glassed display this locally-grown enormous David Cross okra with such a beautiful pattern!
We couldn’t help and ask for another simple but so elegant appetizer!

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Absolutely beautiful and the seeds are really scrumptious!

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Then it was dish of local pork cooked on the grill!

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Shizuoka Prefecture is rapidly becoming famous for its pork and there must be more than 12 different varieties in our Prefecture alone. This particular pork is called “mugiton/From pigs fed with grain” and is raised in the Western part of Shizuoka!

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Shizuoka has certainly contributed to the letters of nobility attached to such a seemingly common meat!

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The more for it when it is “dressed up” with succulent local vegetables!

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I’ve already said and still claim that Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦makes the best risotto in town!
This time we just could not resist the Italian summer truffles risotto!
Simply extravagant (but so reasonably-priced!)!

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Instead of dessert we had to utter pleasure to sample a new creation by Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子: home-made limonicello liqueur!

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Lucky they don’t serve it in a bottle or it would be temptation difficult to resist to just for a second (and third?) glass!

Now, I will have to convince someone to accompany me there soon or it will be a torture! LOL

SOLOIO
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Happy hour: 16:00~17:00: 1,000 yen set-3 appetizers plate and 1 glass of house wine!
Smoking allowed BUT Non-smoking until 20:00 everyday!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

BULA KANA in Fiji
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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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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