La Taverna degli Artisti (PD)
In the heart of the medieval town of Cittadella, Taverna degli Artisti perfectly reflects the meaning of its romantic name (in English “the Artists’ Tavern”) welcoming guests with the warmth of old-fashioned trattorias and the bohemian atmosphere of an artist atelier, full of objects, stories, and dreams.
Founded in 2000 in the premises of what for many years was a frame workshop much loved by local artists, the Taverna embodies the dream of Elisabetta, the hostess, and Roger, the chef, to create a place where sharing their passion for good food and visual arts, especially painting. The rooms are, in fact, decorated with many paintings*, collected by the owners or the result of temporary collaborations with local artists, as well as objects assembled over the years, such as the collection of funny hens of every shape and color.
An artistic inspiration that is also reflected in the cuisine as dishes are conceived as “canvases” that allow the chef to play with the ingredients, their shape, and consistency. Roger is inspired by a traditional cuisine, yet reinterpreted with a young and happy touch, that pays great attention to the quality of the raw materials coming from local agricultural production.
The wine list includes mainly territorial labels, in particular, historic and native vines, as well as a wide selection of artisanal liqueurs. Paying tribute to the Venetian tradition that encourages a good digestive at the end of each meal, Roger has created Latte di Gallina (hen’s milk), a liqueur made of orange and coffee beans flavored milk cream, and Latte di Gallina Nero, with the addition of licorice, both delicious served with homemade biscuits. In the small restaurant’s store, you can also buy many other quality ingredients used in the kitchen: pasta, rice, oil, jams, mustards, pickles, etc.
Where: in the center of Cittadella, one of the most beautiful walled cities in Veneto
When: lunch or dinner
Why: paying a visit to Taverna degli Artisti is the ideal excuse to visit the amazing 13th-century wall that surrounds Cittadella, one of the very few examples of a perfectly preserved medieval defensive system. You can, in fact, take a walk around the ancient walkway of the guards, almost 2 km long, and stop by the towers where the War Museum, the Archaeological Museum, and the medieval life re-enactments are hosted. Along the way, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Euganean Hills, the Monti Berici, the towns of Marostica and Asolo, and Monte Grappa. Absolutely do not miss the visits by night of the walls, lit only by candlelight and torches, that usually take place on the first Saturday of the summer months
How: try the restaurant’s specialties, from creamy cod “alla Vicentina” to homemade pasta stuffed with pheasant up to roast guinea fowl with herbs
First Courses: 8 -14 euro
Second Courses: 14 – 18 euro