Ristorante Amarone - Krakow
There's a certain kind of Italian restaurant that attracts a certain kind of clientele - that which knows what it wants, and expects the best. This could be a double-edged sword, but Amarone, a rather elegant establishment discreetly tucked away just a couple of minutes' walk from the Main Square, manages to walk this fine line with distinction.
Italian cuisine is considered by many (ok, perhaps not the French) as the world's finest, and at its best exhibits a delicacy and empathy for the simple joy that good food can bring. Fresh bread baked daily on the premises is one such persuasion, as is a top quality wine list, annually commended by the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine. But without a doubt it is the magic that a skilled chef can conjure from well-chosen and fresh ingredients that allows the discerning customer to simply relax and enjoy the food.
The menu follows in the classical Italian tradition of offering antipasti (beef carpaccio, marinated salmon, asparagus salad with squid), followed by first courses such as veal and tuna risotto, or their famous wild mushroom papardelle. Mains of lamb, rabbit, beef sirloin or the intriguing fish caprese with confit tomatoes are equally tempting, and the inventive dessert list adds the bombastic chocolate ravioli with ice cream to some lighter alternatives. For lunch customers there is an attractively priced tasting menu that offers exceptional quality and value.
With its interior design, which artfully conjures up the impression of those delightful corners one encounters unexpectedly in Italian side streets, Amarone has an ambience fully in keeping with the excellence of its kitchen and cellar. A consistent favourite, Amarone comes highly recommended, although booking is advisable at busy times.