Dine in style at Le Calendre
Any serious foodie visiting Veneto should indulge in an unique fine-dining experience at Le Calandre restaurant run from generations by the Alajamo’s family and located on the outskirt of Padua in the small town of Sameola di Rubano.
That’s not only because it’s a multi-starred Michelin restaurant and listed once again among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010 but Le Calandre truly serves mouthwatering, exquisite-executed dishes of the regional cuisine elevated to another level.
You would probably expect from top-rated restaurants all the fuss of fancy décors like crisp tablecloth other than Le Calandre has a clear, slightly informal, modern design with no-tablecloth at all that might be a shock to some. That doesn’t mean the restaurant is lacking in outstanding service or elegance.
It’s part of the Alajamo’s philosophy to create a more simple dining experience emphasizing instead on the very best raw ingredients both in the kitchen and in the dining room.
Even the chef teamed up with local artisans to the recent revamp of the restaurant creating fresh hand-made tables, tableware and hand blown crystals rigorously using top quality product, all made in Italy.
Beside the layout, the reason to come to Le Calandre is the fine cuisine: traditional Veneto recipes are proposed in an unusual, highly sophisticated and creative way using only the very best seasonal and regional ingredients.
Among Massimiliano Alajmo’s signature dishes are cappuccino-soup with squid in its black ink, saffron risotto with liquorice powder, slowly roasted pork with black truffle, raw Piedmont beef with green peppercorn or gorgonzola and pear pure’ ice-cream…ummm
It’s no revelation the moderately priced bill but stay assured you would not be disappointed.
Curiosities ‘n tips:
- Massimiliano Alajmo is the youngest chef in Italy ever to receive three Michelin stars when in 2002 at the age of 29 it was awarded.
- Make reservation well ahead.
- “I grandi classici delle ‘Calandre” menu (€200) is a good choice for first time diners but if you want to experiment more ambitious dishes dare it.
- Next to the main restaurant is Il Calandrino bar/bistro offering the same super quality of food but for a casual quick lunch or a cocktail and, for some sweet moments, there is the Alajmo pastry shop. Across the street is instead their fancy delicatessen store, In.gredienti, selling the greatest local products chosen by the chef.