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Gastronomic Destinations: Yokohama City-Piatto Bianco In Minato Mirai

Service: Smiling and kind
Equipment & Facilities: very clean overall. Shared washroom, superb.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Oysters and seafood. Parties

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Piatto Bianco is not that easy to find on the 2nd Basement Floor of Landmark Plaza Dockyard Garden Building in Minato Mirai in Yokohama Harbor, but it worth the search if you want to get away from the crowds and still enjoy a laid-back meal and drink.

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The outside is a bit typical of a garish American-Style Italian Tratorria but the smiling service is definitely Japanese!

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The staff was certainly extremely accommodating when we requested to change seats to get as far away as possible from some smokers.
It opens late by the building standards and their oysters make for a great snack with a good bottle of Italian wine.

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And the big jar of olives you can eat as much as you want provided with the drinks is a great bonus!

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We visited the place only for a quick fix, but we ended up staying longer for a full meal started with a very tasty smoked oysters salad!

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Now, I must admit that the grilled oysters were very good, and I should know, being a Frenchman! LOL

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We had quite some wine and we decided to sample one of their seafood dishes.
This plate of deep-fried prawns on a bed pf potato mousseline and tomato sauce wa a superb ide that the Dragon decided to emulate!

All in all very good value!
One of the very rare “chain” restaurant I would recommend!

PIATTO BIANCO

Yokohama City, Nishi Ku, Minatomirai, 2-2-1, Landmark Plaza Dockyard Garden Building, B 2F
Tel.: 045-227-8577
Opening hours: Monday~Friday: 11:00~15:00, 17:00~23:00, Saturday, Sunday & National Holidays: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
Parties welcome
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Italian Gastronomy: Dinner at SOLOIO (may 2014) in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable considering the quality
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

The other day I visited Solio , my favorite Italian Restaurant in Shizuoka City for the first time since last November and I noticed some changes in the opening hours!
Lunch: 11:30~13:30 (l.O.) (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday)
Dinner: 17:00~22:00 (l.o.), 17:00~23:: (Friday, Saturday)
Closed on Monday

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But as usual the specialties of the day’s boar is still a joy to read!

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and it is always a pleasure to discover the smiling faces of Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん/Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さ!

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As for wine as usual, too, the best deal is ordering by the carafe, eminently enjoyable Italian Riesling in this case!

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And the bread is always hme-baked!

Now, what did we have this time?

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A carpaccio you will be hard put to find in Tokyo at that price for that quality!

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Madai/true seabream from Shizuoka!

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We always make a point to order banya cauda!

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The vegetables are always from Shizuoka Prefcture!

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And many of them are grown in Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん’s own garden!

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A favorite of mine, a French delicacy served the Italian way!

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Horsemeat tartare!

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Another specialty which could considered as fusion Italian!

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Sea urchin flan!

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An appetizer to be savored slowly!

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As the last dish (we had to skip dessert this time) was taking some time to prepare, so Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん gracefully served us a small appetizer of pan-fried zucchini and burdock root!

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The dish we were waiting for is called “Stracotto di Stinco”!

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Can you guess what it is? And there is enough of it for two!

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Pig shin stewed in white wine for more than four hours!

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And we didn’t leave anything!

looking forward to our summer’s dinner there again!

SOLOIO

Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん/Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さん

420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours:
Lunch: 11:30~13:30 (l.O.) (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Dinner: 17:00~22:00 (l.o.), 17:00~23::00 (Friday, Saturday)
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Entirely non-smoking!

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Italian Gastronomy: Lunch at Il Paladino in Shizuoka City (September 2014)

Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: Great and very large washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive.
Strong points: Sicilian Cuisine. Top-class Italian wines and great collection of Grappa.
Non-smoking at tables. Private room can be made non-smoking!

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I finally managed to visit Il Paladino Tratorria in Takajo machi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City after a long absence!

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It was actually for the occasion of a “business lunch” with a client of mine!

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It can easily become a very busy place, so at lunch they make sure to be prepared for customers in a hurry!

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For lunch they offer three types of set menus.
We opted for the Chef’s recommendation!

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Of course all the bread is home-baked!

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Enormous antipasti misto!

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Sicilian bread and beans soup!

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Pasta of the day!

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Stewed beef tongue!

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Grilled “Isaki/Chicken grunt”! A typical fish from Shizuoka!

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And a succulent small dessert to finish!

We certainly ended up full and contented!

Tratorria . Il Paladino
420-9839 Shizuoka City, Aoi-Ku, Takajo, 2-8-19
Tel.: 054-253-6537
Opening hours: 11:30~13:30, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Mondays
Credit cards OK (Dinner only)

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Italian Gastronomy: Lunch at Al Porto in Shizuoka City!

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A real jewel!

Service: Kind, attentive and smiling!
Equipment & Facilities: Splendid cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (this is a hotel!)
Prices: Appropriate to expensive
Strong points: High class Italian gastronomy. Excellent wine list by the bottle and the glass. Great dessert plate!

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As a general rule I do not look too much forward to eat and dine in hotels in Japan, but Al Porto Italian Restaurant is certainly the exception which confirms the rule!
Located on the 15th floor of Hotel Associa Shizuoka it is the only restaurant I would recommend to anyone inside a hotel.
And this all thanks to a great young chef named Satoshi Kakiyama, whom I know personally. But I didn’t give him any advance news of my visit for lunch the other day!

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Because it is part of a hotel Al Porto can afford a wine list above average. There some real good offers by the glass even at lunch time!
I started with a glass of Gewurtzstraminer from northern Italy!

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A rich wine wine equal to the same grapes wine in Alsace, France!

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Home-made bread, naturally!

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Antipasto misto with Parma ham, Shizuoka Sole and octopus!

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Insalata di granchio e avocado con caviar: avocado, snow crab, ameera tomato from Shizuoka and caviar with a raspberry coulis!
A jewel!

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Next I had a glass of Barbera Monte!

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I almost forgot to take a picture of this rich red wine full of red fruits!

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Capesante al gratin: Scallops Gratin!

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Local charcoal-grilled Wagyu beef and local vegetables!

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Potofu di fegato e ravanello giapponese: Foie gras atop stewed daikon! A must in Japan!

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Spaghetti di scampi e porcini fughi: spaghetti with scampi prawns and porcini mushrooms!

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All the while I also enjoyed a solid Cotes de Castillon from South West France!

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Very solid and fruity indeed!

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The dessert plate is brought to you so that you can have a good look before choosing your sweet tooth sin!
I actually left the choice to the eminently capable waitress!

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Little details that make the difference: change of service and coffee brought to your table before your dessert is served.
Actually the cutlery was changed with every dish!

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Blanc manger/panacotta, tiramisu,tart and more morsels I didn’t have the time to note down! LOL

Be sure this is only the start of a long venture!

AL PORTO
420-0851 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kurogane Cho, 56, Hotel Associa, 15F
Tel.: 054-205-8633
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Reservations advised
Credit Cards OK
HOTEL HOMEPAGE ENGLISH
AL PORTO HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Italian Gastronomy: Late Night Escapade at Soloio in Shizuoka City!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

The other day, after an “official function” with chefs, producers and journalists the Missus and I still felt somewhat unsatisfied and at 10:00 p.m. were looking for a decent place before returning home.
This was a bit of a no-winner as the Missus’ radar was already fixed on Italian food and she knew too well that at that time of the night the options were pretty reduced. It was only natural (I still suspect my “worst half” to have it planned all the time!) that we ended up in Soloio, one of the very best Italian restaurants in town, and definitely the best at this time of the night!
Alright, what did we have/savor?

A plate of all vegetable antipasto!
Most of the vegetables are locally grown, naturally!

We discovered the above on the day’s specials: Scampi al Form!

Just beautiful and succulent!

Pan-fried seabream/”madai” from Suruga Bay!

Soloio is fast becoming famous for their great care when it comes to choosing and preparing vegetables!
Vegetarians are welcome there!

The skin of the fish was fired to a perfect crisp. I’m not that fond of fish skin, but I would go for that any time!

Then we noticed something interesting at the bottom of the overhead board! Mind you, you need some reading knowledge!

Wagyu Beef rump Tagliata!

Nothing less than an extravagant variety of carpaccio!

By then the escapade was turning into a full meal!
Finally it was down to a fight between having pasta or risotto. The latter won by a whisker!

Risotto made with the last Piemonte truffles in store!
We’ll have to wait until next year for another one!

We needed something sweet to finish!

Strong expresso coffee poured over vanilla ice-cream!

To be continued…

SOLOIO
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
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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Fuji No Kuni Gastronomic Fair in Fuji City (September 2011)

On September 22nd another “Fuji no Kuni” Gastronomic Fair was held under the auspices of the Shizuoka Prefecture Economy & Industry Bureau at Maison De Anniversaire in Fuji City to support the local food and producers.

As the event started at 7 p.m. I arrived a bit early at Shin Fuji Station where I was greeted by a beautiful sunset!
As the site of the event took place high at the foot of Mount Fuji I did well to reach the Station at 6 p.m.!

Arriving early gave me ample time to greet some friends and acquaintances like Mr. Sano, owner of Sanoman Co. in Fujinomiya City!

It also allowed me to survey the dining room and have a look at the menu and appetizers on my plate before exchanging business cards with many another guest. Actually most guests, representing companies or coming as individuals, had some kind of direct relation with the economy and agriculture of Shizuoka Prefecture.
Incidentally, the appetizers were Mangenton ball in escabeche from Sanoman Co. and the chicken roulade was made with Koshamo chicken from Aoki Farm in Fuji City!

The beer that day was brewed by Stephan Rager at Bayern Meister Beer Co. in Fujinomiya City!

And the Japanese sake was provided by Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomya City!

A honjyozo called “Raku/楽/Enjoy Yourself!”

Guests including some celebrities taking their seats in all informality.

The MC of the day: Mrs. Kyouko Ishigami, a Shizuoka sake expert!

The dinner started with a vegetable and salmon trout jelly terrine and organic salad!

The salmon trout was bred by Kunugi Fish Farm and all the organic vegetables were grown by Mtsuki Bio Farm, both in Fujinomiya City!

Each producer involved in the preparation of the repast introduced their venture on the mike: Mr. Sano of Sanoman Co.

Beautiful mushroom soup with imo/taro. The mushrooms were cultivated by Mr. Hasegawa in Fuji City!

Madai/Seabream (brought from Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City) poelee with a galette of sakura shrimps from the same harbour. The vegetables are of course from Matsuki Bio Farm and the bacon from Sanoman Co.

For a closer view!

Charcoal-grilled Izu Venison Roast from deer meat processed by the Izu City Food Processing Center!

Very French in concept! And delicious!

The representative of Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

The dessert!

Shizuoka Fig Millefeuille with blueberry sauce!

Financier!

A very interesting dinner indeed introducing all the good ingredients from Shizuoka Prefecture!

I wonder where they are going to hold this monthly event next time!

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Italian gastronomy: Early Autumn Dinner at Il Castagno in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: Great general cleanliness
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Great appetizers. Home-made pasta!.
Entirely non-smoking!

I make a point to visit the best restaurants in town at least once every season and it was time for my Autumnal visit at Il Castagno in Shizuoka City!

Il Castagno has an excellent list of wines at reasonable prices: we opted for this solid Veneto red!

Amarone della Valpolicella 2007

For the specialists!

One good way to taste their appetizers is to ask for their 6-dish Appricoze Set!

Naturally, all their bread and biscuits are home-baked!

The fish dish of the day was Cartoccio Di Patate, a baked seabream in a wrap made of thin potato chips with a cockles and sweet shrimps cream sauce!

A beautiful potato wrap!

Yummy seafood!

It was such a pleasure to break through the potato wrap!

The red wine having quickly disappeared we opted for a French White Alsace Riesling 2009 by Laurent Barth!

As for the main dish we ordered pasta!
Tagliorini with scallops and fresh vegetables and semi-dried Aiko tomatoes in cockles sauce!

All the vegetables and the cockles are from Shizuoka Prefecture!

From another angle!
Can you see the edamame?

We just had enough space left for the dessert plate!

Peach and plum sorbets!

Fig tart!

“Pone” expresso coffee and chocolate pudding!

Of course an expresso and hard biscuits for the finishing touch!

To be followed…

Il Castagno
420-0843 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Tomoe Cho, 48
Tel/Fax: 054-247-0709
Business hours: 11:45~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed every Monday and 3rd Tuesday
Credit cards OK (dinner only)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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