Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!
At long last I can properly introduce an Italian Restaurant dear to my heart: SOLOIO in Shizuoka City!
I already have written a “pre-article” but this is the real stuff!
Soloio, although located in one of the few “dark streets” left in Shizuoka City is easy enough to find on the other side of the Shizutetsu Local Line Station!
It is unpretentious but very cozy, be you on your own or in special company!
The concept is that of bar (counter) and dining room (restaurant) combination that allows Chef Takahiko Katoh and Sommelier Mieko Ozawa to serve and socialize with customers in a very easy-going atmosphere.
Needless to say, my favorite seat is at the counter in front of the showcase where I can espy the antipasto misti of the day!
Spinach and Broccoli Fritatta!
A little touch of intimacy!
Now, what did I have for my first serious dinner in Soloio?
Quatro fromaggio Gnocchi!
When it comes to gnocchi I’m more difficult to please than an Italian, but these four cheese gnocchi were a true beauty! And so light!
Takahiko Katoh is celebrated in the whole town for his famous risottos!
Porcini risotto made with fresh porcini from Italy!
Of course, even a Frenchman loves Italian pasta!
Especially succulent penne arabiatta!
But my real love is for ravioli!
Chestnuts and Mascarpone ravioli in sage and butter sauce! Now, how about that for inventiveness!
A pasta I would have for dessert any time!
Talking of dessert I decided to go for a small cheese plate (the dessert will be for my next visit!):
Dolce Gorgonzola, Talegio and, surprise! Camembert made in Okayama Prefecture, Japan!
Have I convinced you for a second visit?
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
(I’m trying to convince them to make it non-smoking on Sundays!)
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