Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

We’ve been absent for a while for a number of reasons; summer holidays, work…finding out we’re expecting another member of our pack (in human form)! And sadly, accompanying nausea that made blogging and any kind of movement pretty improbable.

Now safely half way through the third month we’re returning to old habits although the discovery that I have no immunity to toxoplasmosis means that my culinary adventures are dramatically limited.

So, last night we ventured as far as the Naviglio grande where we tried out as an ‘antipasto’ this Brazilian Tekamakeria that we’d had our eye on.

It’s cute, small but modern and the staff is friendly. It definitely embodies my idea of a successful modern eatery innovative food, limited menu, good quality and an eye for design.

Mr Towers has the coquille st Jacques and salmon egg temakinho, while I had to go for fried prawns and surimi (presuming these were all cooked).  The food was served quickly and was yummy but the price on these little parcels is pretty steep and will set you back anything between 6-10 euro per roll.


Atmosphere: laid back but cute. A bit cramped when it gets crowded I should think

Food: Temaki

Dinner for two: Expect to spend 50 euro for 2 people, particularly if you are hungry.

Would we go back? Perhaps, but for a snack and not a proper meal


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There is little about Bologna that I could find fault with: a beautiful city, nice people and great food.

Stunning terracotta details on the churches, porticoes and doorways confirm this town is a true Mediterranean medieval beauty with the
earthy orange of the stone infusing warmth against a pure blue sky.

An amazing public library better equipped than any I have seen inItaly and a lovely lunch sealed the deal.

We chose to eat at Il Biassanot after reading about it online (so many thanks to those that reviewed it before us!) and because it had a cat and the moon on the ensign- yes an excellent reason I know.

A very large menu was presented to us and as we were a little group I’m only going to comment on the highlights.

The antipasto della casa included: fried meatballs (very small and rather stodgy), battered courgette strips (rather like tempura),Parma ham and melon, Parma ham and fig, mortadella and salami. It was pretty intense for an antipasto.

The most important dishes here are the home made pasta dishes served singly or in a’tris’ a selection of three.

The pasta is all home made and the tortellini filled with ham and cheese with ragu were delicious- very yellow pasta that was not too eggy with an extremely light texture.

The ‘green’gnocchi with speck and cheese were also remarkably tasty and fresh –well worth ordering.

All in all a delicious meal after which you really need a nap and preferably not on a bench in a square.

Can totally see why the city is nicknamed ‘la grassa’ (the fat one) ….


Dal Biassanot

Atmosphere: Urban in a quaint italian way

Food: filling

Dinner for two: Expect to spend 50 euro for the full experience for 2 people

Would we go back? Would definitely suggest it

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In spite of the unpronounceable name this is a cute, traditional restaurant serving delicious Tafelspitz (boiled beef) with potatoes and veg.

Mr Towers and I also tried the Rindsuppe with Leberknödel (Liver dumpling) which although not unpleasant had a crumbly consistency which was not so appealing although we’re both agreed that the extensive use of chives is delish!

Remarkable was the horseradish and apple sauce ( a delightful combo, much better than the English creamy horseradish) which, however, as to be tasted a bit at a time on pain of total nose numbing!



Gasthaus Pfudl

Atmosphere: Very teutonic…not too keen

Food: Not bad but not a light meal by any standards

Price: Dinner for two with wine c.a.50 EUR

Would we go back? Well, It was ok but we like to experiment!

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Funnily enough the inaugural entry to this blog marks the first wedding anniversary between me and hubby. And in virtue of these many celebrations we’ve treated ourselves to a few culinary delights. First and foremost a romantic dinner for two at Le Carceri inPavia, little town sunk in the sweaty Pianura Padana.


After watching my alma mater get miserablt thrashed by the ‘Pavesi’ on the waters of their own Ticino and drowning my sorrows in a Spritz (rapidly becoming the ‘it’ drink in northern Italy this summer), we strolled to the restaurant.


A word for the wise- booking is strictly necessary here as we watched half a dozen couples (not bus loads) get turned away at the door.


The restaurant is provencal in desing, and although you can see a lot of care has gone into its décor, it remains unpretentious.


There are two dining floors so I would suggest you are picky when you call and ask to be put upstairs away from the kitchen, the stairs and the loos.


The menu was a little too on the long side and the wine list was huge. We settled for a Sauvignonnaise (derived from tocai grapes) but then were talked into a very run of the mill Sauvignon which brought back terrible memories of cheap Sainsbury’s Sauvignon so not a good idea.


Anyway the menu was delicious. I chose the spaghetti with tuna roe. The dish was delightfully perfumed with chives, lime and chilli. Hubby went for a complicated risotto with fava beans and ricotta served withParmaham and parmesan- more of a feast for the eyes than the palate to be honest.


Surprisingly snails were serves already out of their shells which took away half  my fun.


Highlight of the evening: the owner popping a cork into the plate of the table in front (fortunately empty at the time).

Low light: A ‘zuppa inglese’ (be trifle) that was more like a tiramisu.

So to sum up: 


Osteria Alle Carceri Pavia

 Atmosphere: Unpretentious but smart

Food: Excellent but watch out for anything that sounds too showy

Price: Dinner for two with wine c.a.70 EUR

Would we go back? Certainly!

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