For our appetizers, we decided on the arancine (15 CHF) and the fried gnocco with artisanal ricotta mousse (from Geneva) and Parma ham, (18 CHF) which were great choices.
We were served three different types of arancine (fried rice balls) – beef ragu and green peas, aubergine and scamorza cheese, and mozzarella and prosciutto. They were all delicious but the ragú was our favourite. The fried gnocco was delicious with Geneva-sourced ricotta mousse and Parma ham layered on top.
We ordered a Peroni beer (of course) and a delicious glass of Tuscan red wine.
Our server recommended we try their special take on pizza, so we did – and we were very pleasantly surprised! While they do serve traditional round pizza, this steam-baked pizza contemporanea was entirely different. It’s served in triangles on a wooden board, with the ingredients peeking out from between the slices of bread-meets-pizza-meets-focaccia. You’ll have to try it yourself! We decided to be bold and order the pizza with octopus, broccoli, tomatoes and orange slices, which was a truly unique balance of flavours and textures that worked well together.
Next time we want to try the Ginevrina (24 CHF), an Italian take on fondue – but pizza! Sounds almost too good to be true.
We knew we just had to try a pasta dish as well, so we ordered the tortelli panna e prosciutto (24 CHF). What a delight! The menu calls it the “classic of classics of 1980s pizzerias” and it’s officially my new go-to gourmet comfort food. Just the right balance of high-quality ham, cream and parmesan. I really didn’t want to share…
As it was a toss-up, next time I’m definitely trying the fettuccine cacio e pepe “Beltrami” (23 CHF), made here with pecorino from master cheesemaker Vittorio Beltrami and bold black Sarawak pepper.
Desserts are my husband’s territory, so I let him choose – we had the Pistacchio di Bronte with white chocolate (14 CHF), and the biscotti ripieni di gelato (12 CHF). His verdict? “They were awesome.”
The pistachio cake was served with homemade ice cream drizzled with a white chocolate sauce, which was simple yet delicious. As I’m not usually a fan of white chocolate I was hesitant at first, but quickly won over.
But the gold medal went to the crunchy, chocolate-covered cookies filled with three different flavours of homemade ice cream: pistachio, almond and vanilla. My husband keeps raving about them!
I ordered a cappuccino at the end of the meal, and it was one of the very best I’ve had in Geneva.