Consul Restaurant is one of a handful of home-style Italian restaurants in Spilimbergo that pretty much serve the locals home cooked food at a very reasonable price! That said, I will enumerate my experience at this restaurant; (BTW, I am an American Restauranteur/trained Chef)
1) As a restaurenteur I realize the efficiency of home style cuisine, it must be cheaply manufactured and sold at a discount.
2) The service should be efficient and there should be every effort to sell up the customer.
3) The product should be delivered in reasonable time and at the tables cadence.
Starters arrived and the risotto was creamy and flavorful, with just the right proportion of fungi.
The Orzo Fagioli? here's my recipe;
9 oz. dry kidney or pinto beans
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. olive oil
1 c. chopped onions
1 c. chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 bay leaf
2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
5 c. water
3 oz. uncooked Orzo, or other small macaroni
I got canned borolotti and ditilini... very deficit of flavor! (C'mon Grandma, where's the Herbs, Tomato and Stock, even the olive oil was missing? even a diner can whip this one up better)
I returned the Pasta Fagioli after one taste and assisted my wife with her Risotto.
The Veal Shank was perfectly braised and delicious.
The Veal Scallopini was a "Cold Cut" thin slice of Veal without ant flavor on a plate with also flavour-less polenta.
Bread and Grana Padano on the Table (Parmisan is too expensive for a diner like this.)
The Evening ended up relatively expensive for this type of cuisine, about $40, That included one - 750 ml carafe of House Merlot for 5 Euros, the best deal on the menu. (Be aware the tab included 3 Euros for "Bread" and they insisted on charging me for the soup I returned.)
Ahhh... La Dolce Vita! Translated - "Lifes too short to spend it on this place!"
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