Do Leoni at Londra Palace, Venezia
When I see the bronze Relais & Chateaux plaque outside a restaurant I know I can expect to experience superb gourmet dining and exceptional service. These expectations were not only met, but surpassed, at the Londra Palace Hotel’s Do Leoni Restaurant in Venice.
The Londra Palace is a beautiful five-star historic hotel, located on the Riva degli Schiavoni, with a privileged view of the lagoon. The building dates back to 1853, when it was originally called Hotel d’Angleterre & Pension, and later the Londres. It finally received its present name Londra Palace in the 1970s.
The hotel’s restaurant is named Do Leoni (Two Lions, in Veneto dialect), the original name for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4. The Russian composer stayed at the Londra Palace in December of 1877, and composed the symphony’s first three movements in room 106 of the hotel.
Do Leoni Restaurant is an elegantly decorated masterpiece that juxtaposes traditional Venetian elements, such as Murano chandeliers and damask wall fabrics, with Biedermeier-style furniture, and striking contemporary crystal sculptures. In keeping with the restaurant’s decor the resident chef, Loris Indri, serves refined culinary creations that honour classic Venetian cuisine while embracing modern international influences.
For lunch, I had the Tagliolini fatti in casa con Salsa di pomodorini Pachino e basilico (Home-made Tagliolini with cherry tomato sauce and basil). It sounds like just any other pasta with tomato sauce, but it was very likely the best pasta with tomato sauce I have ever eaten. You could truly taste the freshness of the sweet cherry tomatoes, and the tagliolini, which had both been cooked to the exact point of perfection.
For dessert I had the Cheesecake ai Mirtilli (Blueberry Cheesecake). It was light and exquisite, with a texture that was just the right amount of creamy and just the right amount of spongy. It reminded me of classic New York cheesecakes, which in my opinion are exactly what cheesecakes should be. It was accompanied with the most delicate and luscious whipped cream that has ever touched my tongue. The only complaint I could have about this restaurant is that the whipped cream is too good to only be considered an accompaniment, it deserves to be a grand dish all on its own. And by grand I mean it should be served in copious amounts in enormous crystal bowls.
To learn more or reserve a table at Do Leoni Restaurant visit: londrapalace.com