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Bardolino: Passioni di Vite

Via Dante Alighieri, 46 , Phone: 045.6211348

Reviewed by: dean from MD (moderator), review #600

When: 2003

Superb food, great wines, fun folk. Another Slow Food find! Outdoor dining.

Directions: At the north end of the old town

This is a tiny restaurant. It has a good sized bar, and about 6 tables inside and 6 outside. The evening was hot and we were roasting at the bar waiting for a table to open up outside. We sipped on some wine and nibbled on olives at the bar for about 10 minutes. We had a white - a Calvachina Bianco di Custoza 2002 which was superb and a couple of glasses of really good sparkling wines from Alto Adige but again, I forget to write down the names of the producers.

Finally we moved outdoors to have dinner. The waitress gave me a bottle of Le Salette Valpolicella superiore which was wonderful. I drank abut 2 or 3 glasses and I don't recall what she charged, but it was pretty cheap. I bought a couple of bottles to go for about 18 euro apiece. It is a full and rich Valpolicella loaded with guts and a really great find. I also had the highly touted Foradora Teroldego from Alto Adige and an okay Riserva Pinot Nero but the Le Salette is the winner.

Kay had an insalata siciliana with incredible oil from Garda, anchovies, olives, capers, etc. Jane had affetatti misto with pickled vegetables. Lardo prosciutto and capicola, all very good. I had Tortelli di Zuccha with ragu. The Ragu was basic and thick, with a lot of meaty flavor. The toretelli were rich and smooth, a real delight.

For secondi, Jane had the insalata siciliana, Kay had Tortellini with guinea fowl and I had carne salada. I liked the Zucca version better but both are wonderful. The latter is brined beef wrapped around potatoes and green beans on a bed of arugula, topped with a bit of salsa verde. It is strong and a little salty, but irresistible.

We returned the next morning for breakfast and had some great cappuccino and paste. This is a place I really love and would recommend highly.

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