Caffè Art e Mestieri

Outdoor seating of the restaurant.  Photo found here
     This restaurant was simply divine.  The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the ambience was modern-chic.  We walked through an arched door way and entered a quiet garden with lights all around.  It looked like the perfect place to get married or a vow renewal (hint hint).  We entered the restaurant and were greeted warmly.
     I won't lie, I was a little intimidated by the menu.  I am not the most adventurous when it comes to food.  There were approximately a dozen items of which I don't (or ever) eat.  Sea urchin, foie gras, and cow cheek were just a few items that made me a little unsure of our choice.  Finally, a waiter came to our rescue and helped us decide on our meals.
     We got CJ and Charlotte their favorite, pasta with a fresh tomato sauce and focaccia.

Chris began with a Reggio Emilia classic, pumpkin ravioli, and after he had beef.

     I started off with spaghetti with mussels.  Originally, it is also prepared with sea urchin, but I was able to have it cooked without.  My second course was sea bass.  Oh my goodness, I stuffed my face that night.  Every bite made me smile, I've never tasted anything so fresh and full of flavors that I can barely describe!

     At the end of the evening we were able to meet the chef who was extremely sweet.  He didn't speak much english, but we don't speak much Italian.  Yet, we managed to have a pretty good conversation and he played with the kids a little. 

Gianni D'Amato, Chef.  Photo found here.

     If you are ever near Reggio Emilia you must eat at Caffè Art e Mestieri .  Although it is a little pricey, it is well worth the splurge.  You aren't just paying for the food- you are getting an excellent Italian dining experience.  It is located next to the Max Mara store, a popular Italian fashion brand created in Reggio.  I want to try some new restaurants to share, but I will definitely be back here very soon.



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