Granapado Cheese and pumpkin raviolis!
Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: Great general cleanliness
Strong points: Great appetizers. Home-made pasta!. Great use of local products from the land and the sea. Southern Italy and Sardinia gastronomy.
Il Castagno is a simple-looking small Italian restaurant, but it is actually one of the very top in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City for so many reasons!
Apart of the fact that the establishment is entirely non-smoking allowing guests to fully enjoy the savors of his cuisine, Chef Kenji Inami/稲見謙司さん is always on the lookout for new ingredients, especially local, to introduce in a very original gastronomy based on Southern Italian and sometimes French cuisines!
Plenty of reasonable wines available by the glass or bottle!
It had been quite some time since I had purposefully visited the place and it was about time last Friday to taste new offerings!
As an appetizer we first a couple of great fresh oysters from Mie Prefecture!
And the same just lightly steamed!
We are in full season for kaki/柿/persimmons and we had persimmon fritters wrapped in raw ham!
A little beauty!
As the last starter we switched to French mode and had this lovely Terrine de Campagne!
This is one dish Italians and French agree on!
Served with local and seasonal marinated shiitake mushrooms!
Naturally, we had to satisfy a craving for pasta!
Shrimps, mussles and mini tomato sauce!
Chef Kenji Inami/稲見謙司さん’s half of his pasta is fresh and hand-made and includes some superb raviolis!
As he had two kinds on hand he was kind enough to combine them in a single dish!
Amaretto-style pumpkin/kabocha raviolis served with shiitake and Granapadano cheese sauce!
Very unusual raviolis in Japan!
Granapadano cheese cream ravioli!
Maybe more classic but very light and tasty! A morsel to slowly enjoy!
And for dessert a succulent cheese cake and persimmon sorbet!
Did you know that cheese cakes originated from Greece?
Hope to see you there again soon!
420-0843 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Tomoe Cho, 48
Business hours: 11:45~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed every Monday and 3rd Tuesday
Credit cards OK (dinner only)
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