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Ca' Dario Ristorante is a local favorite and a must see for the city's visitor. The top rated food is overseen by the restaurant's colorful Executive Chef/Owner Dario Furlati. Hailing from Il Lago di Como, which is in northern Italy near Milan, Dario has been in kitchens nearly his whole life. He brings old world favorites such as our Ossobuco and Tagliatelle Bolognese to life in a traditional Italian Ristorante setting. Mahogany walls and small quaint tables lead to a cozy dining experience that is enhanced by Dario's staff, which he lovingly refers to as his "Family."
Dario balances the simple good tastes of Italy with an impressive wine list with plenty of Italian bottlings you won’t find anywhere else in town. He only serves what he believes is good that day, so pray he likes that day’s asparagus, which he’ll wrap in pancetta and serve with balsamico, or the artichokes he steams, stuffs with artichoke hearts, tomato, bread and basil. For pastas choose among ravioli dressed with nothing more than good butter and fresh sage leaves, or bocconcini alla trevisana, which is a gratin of crepes stuffed with ricotta and radicchio. He cooks chicken in a terracotta casserole, with tomatoes and red wine, and there is a daily special from the rotisserie—perhaps lamb or beef or chicken--whose aromas fill the room when you walk into the two -room restaurant, which has a lively bar crowd in the evenings.
was born in Italy and had the opportunity to have had loving parents and
grandparents. Growing up I was very shy and introverted and I was
struggling to understand what I would like to do when I grew up. Maybe a
firefighter or doctor I was thinking, but having time off from school
during the summers and having the opportunity to spend time in the kitchen
with my grandmothers (one was living in Lake Como, the other close to
Venice by the mountain side), I started to have an understanding and a
passion for food. By watching and helping with food tasks I did develop a
love for it and learned very quickly. I slowly learned all the aspects of
cooking, like making pasta, potato gnocchi, sauces, braising and roasting
meat, fish, poultry, cutting, shaping…. Anyway, all that was going on in
an Italian family kitchen, the fun of cooking and the screaming if
something went wrong.