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!
End of the year parties and dinners are a tradition in Japan before the New Year when people meet at families’ homes.
These can either be very private or quite raucous affairs with enormous crowds in the latter case.
For private reasons the Missus and I had decided to limit ourselves to a group of three (the two of us and a special friend) and have our dinner at our new favorite Italian restaurant, namely Solio in Shizuoka City!
I don’t need to introduce any more Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦 and Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子, so let me just show you what we had the pleasure to savor!
The first (the others were forgotten in our conversations!) bottle of wine was a Red Chianti, Panizzi 2008 Sangovese grapes.
Very solid and fruity!
Our first appetizer was Shizuoka Suruga Bay madai/true seabream carpaccio!
Very fragrant thanks to the fresh herbs!
Second appetizer: Italian raw ham and salami with pears and liver paste!
As pasta, Genovese-style pasta with Shizuoka-grown broccoli!
Very light and tasty pasta dish making use of all the parts of a branch broccoli!
As for rice, a dish famous all over the city: Milano oven-baked saffron risotto!
As it comes out of the oven!
Very much lighter than you might expect!
And then we switched to fish: Suruga Bay kanpachi/環八/Amberjack pan-fried with Shizuoka vegetables!
Extravagant simplicity with such fresh local products! No wonder some local celebrities also start to patronize the establishment!
The meat dish was an “imported” affair: Venison/Deer foreleg from Nagano Prefecture stewed in red wine!
It was so tender you had no need for fork! Mind you, it took no less than seven hours to prepare!
Italian restaurants are not famed for elaborate desserts, but Solio’s desserts are irresistible in their simplicity!
So light and unctuous!
Pudding with almaretto caramel sauce!
Don’t bring your kids along! LOL
Panacotta with Shizuoka strawberry coulis!
I had a hard time resisting the impulse to lick the whole plate!
See you next year, or more aptly said, next season!
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Smoking allowed BUT Non-smoking until 20:00 everyday!
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