Nestled in the old town of Modena, few meters from the main piazza, the restaurant can be accessed from a peaceful street. One small door opens to an ample space under old arcades of red bricks. The place feels pleasant, quiet and romantic. The restaurant opens its doors at 7 pm. Visited by the locals, the waiters speak Italian, and the menu is written in Italian only; so I imagined what the orders are.
I loved the space; dimmed light, wooden tables covered with a white tablecloth, paintings add a touch of color, white paint, and traditional brown tiles. The menu is printed on white papers, simple with no sophistication, a choice of traditional Italian dishes I was excited to try. Sparkling water and then the waiter approached for the order. The waiter is happy and recommends the plates he enjoys. He insisted on offering us a coffee and digestif at the end.
In the city of great food and balsamic vinegar, you have to try the local balsamic vinegar and the cold cuts, both exceptional.
- Tortellini in brodo do cappone
- Caramelle in crema di parmigiana e Aceto balsamico
- Patate al Forno
- Prosciutto di Modena con burratina Fresca e gnocco fritto
- Parmigiano reggano con Aceto balsamico tradizionale
A plate of fried bread puffs, another of thinly sliced prosciutto with a heart of molten burrata. Amazing hot bread that crumbles like thin biscuits, premium quality ham and a molten burrata like I’ve never had before. What a combination! The ham, the creaminess of the burrata, the taste of this unique bread were the best first impression I could have imagined. And then came another plate: Hard textured parmesan, sweet balsamic and a side of thinly sliced vegetables. I never imagined that flatbread could be fried and keep its rich taste; I’ll try it back home with our local Lebanese fresh bread.
What best describes this restaurant is the simplicity of things. Tortellini in a hot water stock, mini bits of pasta cooked al-dente in a flavorful transparent juice. That was the first time I taste this, an unusual and different way of tasting pasta, a premiere for me in Modena. The other plate is also distinctive, pockets of pasta filled with creamy cheese and a hint of sweetness the Carmel provides; Bizarre, special and tasty. I also ordered oven baked potatoes, unpeeled wedged potatoes with caramel and rosemary; this is the ultimate taste of simple things, unpeeled with an outer crunch, a moist heart with an enjoyable olive oil feel. Good and simple food is served here!
Homemade desserts, simple cups, one with a double layered custard cream of dark chocolate and another of mascarpone cheese with strawberries. And again, the taste of simplicity pups up.
An enjoyable dinner I’ll surely repeat and recommend. A good restaurant choice when visiting Modena.