Truffle Extravaganza at ABC Quadri, Venezia
ABC Quadri is to Ristorante Quadri in Venice what Nobu Next Door is to Nobu in New York: the more casual (and more accessible) sibling of the famously coveted establishment.
ABC Quadri is located inside the Ponga Room of Grancaffè Quadri, below Michelin starred Ristorante Quadri, on Venice’s scenic Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). It is a bistro style restaurant that serves traditional Italian fare revisited by culinary genius Max (Massimiliano) Alajmo.
Max is best known for being the youngest chef in the world to be awarded three Michelin Stars, at age 28, for the Alajmo family’s Padua restaurant, Le Calandre, in 2002. He oversees the kitchens of all the family’s restaurants, including ABC Quadri, where his menu is beautifully executed by chef Silvio Giavedoni.
The menu changes regularly depending on the ingredients and flavours of the season, and I was very fortunate to be dining at ABC Quadri during autumn truffle season.
I started my dinner with the Tagliolini al Tartufo Bianco, Spinaci e Gocce di Zucca (White Truffle Tagliolini with Spinach and Pumpkin Drops). I personally detest pumpkin, but great chefs have a magical talent for combining ingredients in a manner that even the most abominable of flavours can become heavenly. To me this dish was proof that Max Alajmo and Silvio Giavedoni certainly do posses this godly talent, among many others.
For dessert, I continued the truffle extravaganza with the Crostatina con Crema Pasticcera al Tartufo e Mela Caramellata (Caramelised Apple Tartlet with Truffled Pastry Cream). I thought the pasta had been heavenly, but this dish was truly celestial. It had a sublime balance of tastes and textures where each flavour enhanced another bringing them all to a sweet perfection. This is the kind of delicacy you relish until the very last crumb, and for years after that last crumb is gone.
To reserve a table or learn more about ABC Quadri and the Alajmo Family & Restaurants visit: alajmo.it