Trattoria Filippetto (VI)
This is probably the most “secret” place in Veneto. So secret that there is no sign, it is not listed in any guide, there is no signal in the area…and it does not observe fixed opening hours except those that decide the owner week by week. Having said that, it is rumoured to be the favorite place of the greatest entrepreneurs in the Veneto region and that “bodyguards” are at home here. So what is its secret? Simply, a heavenly home-cooking and a cosy atmosphere that has magically remained the same as 160 years ago when the place was founded by Filippetto.
The real fame comes, however, thanks to Camillo Curioni, a famous primary care doctor and fine gastronome, who brings the then owner Marsilia Cocco, a great cook, to the heights of haute cuisine, introducing what had become his second home to his illustrious acquaintances. Today is the daughter Bianca, the last heir of the family, as she is keen to underline, to manage the restaurant and delight her guests with her amazing recipes.
Inside the Trattoria there are two rooms; a smaller one and the “master” one which is highly contented in order to be able to show off the status of “regular” of the place. Here, by the huge fireplace, the formidable cook Bianca acts as a skilled hostess, cooking wonders on the picturesque wood stove kitchen to the happiness of the guests who can enjoy this unusual cooking show. On the walls old dishes, photos of her grandfather during the First World War, paintings given by loyal customers, calendars frozen still in the 90s and many posters from the Academy of Italian Cuisine.
Besides the great homemade cuisine, the real pampering comes after each course when Bianca, just like grandma would, will ask you if everything was ok, ready to serve you another spoonful or leave you the “terrine” to finish off, happy to see her guests leaving the Trattoria always (very) satisfied and (always) smiling. A magic that is worth a trip.
Where: Sovizzo, a very small town in the province of Vicenza
When: lunch or dinner
Why: the best home cooking ever; from traditional appetizers such as sopressa (a traditional type of cured ham) or paté, sublime with bread toasted on the wood stove, stuffed peppers and fried vegetables, followed by homemade pasta – such as bigoli with white ragù -, and risottos – radicchio (special red chicory) and sausage are a must -, right up to the second courses like guinea fowl with chestnuts or veal shank served with a wide variety of side dishes. And to complete the experience, the most delicious desserts such as the Bavarian with Amaretti biscuits. All strictly homemade with the best ingredients that the cook manages to find from her trusted suppliers
How: if you decide to book (or rather if Bianca accepts the reservation!) you must arrive strictly within the time communicated (for example in the evening at around 8.15 pm) and you cannot order by yourself as the menu is decided by Bianca and served in contemporary for all tables: a series of appetizers, two first courses, a second course and dessert. Enjoy!
Via Peschiera dei Muzzi
36050 Sovizzo, Vicenza
+39 0444 379020
Fixed menu: 40 – 45 euro