On a hot day (and the temperature has been hovering around a very unseasonal 30 degress celsius these past days) an Italian restaurant is probaby a good bet for lunch.
About time to check the latest lunch menu at Via Del Borgo, then!
One good thing about this spacious restaurant is that you can choose your spot among the available space without having to explain your reasons (not evident in Japan!)
I have already introduced Chef Takahiko Katoh/加藤隆彦 and I intend to folllow him around if he intends to go independent someday (all great chefs are bound to in Shizuoka), so let's have a look at what I had the pleasure to taste this time:
Onion confit crostini!
Grilled zucchini and bamboo shoot (the latter from Shizuoka) and pork and vegetables roll.
Light vegetable omelette.
Avocado and Scallops with pomegranate seeds and balsamico dressing.
Home-baked bread, premium olive oil and wine!
White beans and asapragus tips soup.
Crispy asparagus tips (not the overcooked and soggy stuff!)!
I said before this the place for risotto!
Chicken ragu and mushrooms risotto!
For a better view!
For once I chose the fish main dish: pan-fried and oven-baked red grouper with cold fruit tomato ratatouille and hot sauteed vegetables.
All ingredients are from Shizuoka Prefecture!
The fruit tomatoes offered an intriguing contrast with their chilled swetness!
All vegetables sauteed to perfection to enhance their taste and flavor: small spring onion, okra, rape seed flower and maountain wild mountain vegetables!
I usually do not eat cooked fish skin but the marriage of the tender flesh with and of the crackling skin of this madai/真鯛/red grouper was too much to ignore and I was rewarded with a supreme experience! Probably the “simplest” and best way to enjoy white-fleshed fish!
Panacotta and fruit for a light and delicious dessert!
Instead of the usual coffee I had a refreshing orange juice and the little biscuits!
To be continued… LOL
Service: professional and friendly
Facilities: Extremely clean overall and beautiful washroom
Strong points: Local products extensively used. Good Italian wine list. Private rooms available.
Private rooms can be made non-smoking with full isolation!
VIA DEL BORGO
420-0034, Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa Cho, 3-2-7
Business hours: 11:30~13:30, 18:00~21:00 (last orders)
Private rooms available.
Credit Cards OK
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