Very modernistic place, recently redecorated and immediately appealing to the younger generations, yet most of the guests that evening were 50-80. We took the less extravagant, more traditional menu, and it was excellent. Even though not shockingly innovative compared to their famous In.gredienti menu, each dish expressed pure sensations, the approach even halfway to simplistic. 18 on a 1 to 20 scale for cuisine. Perfect, friendly and efficient service. Wine list on iPad excellent, appearing of course on their website as well as both menus and entire carte, so you can make your ideal match in advance, and with some advanced wine knowledge you can do it for a really decent price. Advice of sommelier on some local wine peculiarities was faultless.
However, we would have been disappointed considering the three star ranking. Something was missing. And at the end it came. When only desserts were left to be served, the two of us were seated in a small side room facing the kitchen. Looked like the old style peasant room for the chef to sit down for a chat and snack with his friends. And the show that followed made the difference between a 2 and 3 star experience. Chocolate variatons, nine of them in two flights, accompanied by a light and music happening, introduced and described by the chef Massimiliano. To top the evening off, one of the waiters took us all the way to our hotel a few miles further from Padova, as the Calandre hotel next door to the restaurant was being renovated.
Needless to stress that the place is faaaar from cheap. I don't think I shall repeat the experience, but it definitely was worth a visit.
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