We stayed in Padova for a week recently (at Isabella Bertocco's Padova Residences) and had the pleasure of trying several restaurants, and by far our best meal was at La Finestra! The proprietor/cook Carlo Vidali was very warm, genuine and engaging. The evening started with his special "Carlopolitan" (prosecco, cranberry, vodka and lime, yum!). For primo we had the Strudel croccante di radicchio tardivo (literally, strudel filled with radicchio, inventive and fun), followed by Gnocchi di patate al pomodoro e timo, con pecorino (really tasty!). For secondi I had the Carre’ di agnello ai pistacchi (rack of lamb with pistachio crust) and Christina had Trancio di baccala' dissalato con crema di fave al rosmarino ed asparagi verdi (Roasted baccala with fava beans and rosemary puree & asparagus). Carlo knew that it was our 20th wedding anniversary and wanted to provide a special dessert, but we were SO FULL! Instead he presented us with a special digestif that his wife made and we had to guess the ingredients....we did not...it turned out to be a liqueur she had made with ginger, juniper berries and hibiscus! Wow! The whole meal was inventive and tasty, the restaurant staff were attentive and friendly...everything was just perfect. Do yourself a favor if you're in Padova and eat at La Finestra. I only wish they had a branch in Seattle!
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