Service: Very friendly
Facilities: Very clean
Strong points: Traditional Italian Country Cuisine. Very good value. Very interesting list of Italian wines at reasonable prices
We used to have an acute problem here in Shizuoka, that is great restaurants and superlative cuisine and mediocre establishments, and little in-between!
But the recent years have seen many young chefs vigorously establishing themselves with restaurants offering high quality cuisine at reasonable prices without any ostentation but always in comfortable and original settings.
One of them, Masataka Araki/荒木雅貴さん, a young and shy talented chef who spent 4 years learning his trade in Italy in Toscana, Umbria and Lazio has just opened TiaLoca in Shizuoka City right by Cenova Department Store inside a former izakaya.
But all those Italian wine bottles outside will convince you this is an Italian restaurant indeed!
Lunches and prices are clearly indicated outside. If you don’t understand Japanese, Masataka will tell you the meaning in Italian!
Lunch and dinner menus are also clearly indicated on blackboards inside. I already know what I will order next time I come for dinner!
And smoking is completely prohibited!
I love the combination of Italian brand signs in an izakaya decor!
The wines stand right in front of you with ample explanations!
Lunch sets always come with a nice cup of soup and bread.
As well as a fresh salad.
Italian country fare: Chicken and potato herb roast.
A dish that will please the ladies!
They always serve three kinds of pasta for lunch, but I recommend gentlemen to sample the Rigatoni in meat sauce!
Served al dente, a true country dish!
Do try and accompany it with a glass of Montelpucino!
And if you are still hungry and have a sweet tooth do sample their cakes!
Home-style chocolate cake!
See you next at dinner!
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-7-8, 1F
Business hours: 11:30~14:30, 18:00~22:30
Closed on Mondays from 2012
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