Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: clean
Prices: reasonable
Specialty: Central and south Italian-style cuisine. Home-made pasta. Very reasonables prices

I’ve wondered for some time why there were so many good Italian restaurants in our Shizuoka Prefecture.
I believe that they actually share a common trait: an intelligent combination of local products and foreign ingredients!
The other reason is probably the mild climate of our region, the warmest in Japan after Okinawa.

I took advantage of this Sunday being free of any obligations, apart of cooking dinner for my other half to belatedly visit Il Castagno.
It is a very unassuming restaurant/osteria run by three friends, a rarity in Japan where the majority of restaurants are run by couples.
You definitely need to reserve as the low prices attract many customers and there are not so many seats (maximum 15~16).
Service is very friendly and attentive, and questions are answered with extra courtesy.
Have a good look at menu as you are in for some interesting surprises (have you heard of boar raised in Ikawa?)!

This was my first visit and here what I had as one of the lunch courses:

Antipasti Misto: Romaine lettuce, vegetables quiche, pate de campagne and broccoli soup.

Il Castagno not only make 80% of their own pasta, they bake great focaccia bread!

The pasta was very elegant and succulent: home-made trufie short pasta with scallops, cockles, squid, and amaebi sweet shrimps. Marrying Japan and Italy!

A couple of glasses of Nero d’Avola from Sicilia.
Check their wine list: 14 x white (3,900~6,000 per bottle), 23 x red (3,800~12,000 per bottle), 4 x spumante (3,900~6,000),… and Shizuoka Sake Isojiman (3,300 per bottle, an extravagant one!)!

Dolce/dessert set: strawbeery Ice-cream, fruit, chicilate cake and panacotta with acacia honey.

Coffe was included.

IL CASTAGNO
420-0843 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Tomoe Cho, 48 (along Kitakaido Street)
Tel. & Fax: 054-247-0709
Business hours: 11:45~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays
Lunch: 1,260 and 1,860 yen
Dinner: 4,000 and 5,000 yen
A la Carte menu and wine list available. Wine by the glass ok
Reservations recommended.
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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