"How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will." Albert EinsteinNot long ago, I jumped into my trusty four-wheeled vehicle and headed off into the leafy, craggy wilds around Nebušice. I was on the hunt for a fine meal.
Actually, the area I'm talking about is not that far from bustling Evropska street and easy to get to on a weekend by car. There is also bus service. But for a lazy guy like me, it takes a good push to get me over to that side of town.
A well-told tale about tasty Italian food is the kind of push I'm talking about. Friends who live in the area said I had to try La Gastronomia.
The interior is gorgeous.
Much of the floor space is devoted to the food shop. There is a selection of Italian wines.
La Bottega di Finestra since it opened. They bake their own focaccia in a sparkling new kitchen that you can see through glass from the shop.
In front, there are tables where you can sit and eat. There is also a back room with more tables that can be pushed together for a party.
I was sipping Il Selese Soave from Verona (1.5 liter/110 CZK).
We all ordered two or three courses. I started with what the menu called vegetable terrine (187 CZK).
One friend got the slow-braised octopus with shaved Grana Padano and baby spinach (214 CZK).
My neighbor at the table had the linguine with clams (259 CZK).
Someone else had the passatelli with Argentinian prawns (215 CZK). The thick homemade pasta was lightly coated with Parmesan and bread crumbs.
For my next course, I had the agnolotti filled with pears and gorgonzola cheese (199 CZK).
Another neighbor went for the milk-fed veal T-bone (496 CZK). It was the best veal I've ever had in this country.
For dessert I tried the chocolate amaretto cake (99 CZK).
Someone else had the crème brûlée.
Service was excellent. Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating for customers with small children. One small issue was that several items on their relatively new menu were not available. I wanted to try the lamb chops, the tuna, and the almond and pistachio cheesecake, but none of those were available when we visited.
Even if the quantities on the plate were not always large, the quality of every offering was always high. They know what they are doing in the kitchen.
I'm only pleased that there are such great Italian places like this in and around Prague. In Smíchov, I can get quality Italian foods, wines, and prepared meals at Wine Food Market. In the center, I stop by La Bottega di Finestra. In Vinohrady, there is La Bottega di Aromi. And now in Prague 6, I know where to go.
I'm sure I'll make a special trip to visit La Gastronomia again. It is an Italian island of quality cuisine that makes you feel like you've left the city behind.
Tel. (+420) 702 074 677