An old country manor house, Casa Balbi was purchased 15 years ago by Davide Milani, a restaurateur of enormous heart and professionalism who, combining the original name of the house, Balbi from the family* that built it, to that of the restaurant he managed previously in Arcade, Il Barco, has been able to create the perfect convivial place, where you feel at home from the first moment you cross the threshold.
In addition to the lovely informal and genuine atmosphere, it will be the perfection of details that will make you really love Il Barco: like the warm and enveloping lighting, the right distance between the tables, and the attentive staff. The menu, combining modernity and tradition, counts recipes of meat and fish tailor-made according to the taste of the customers that Davide loves to pamper like old friends.
In addition to the renowned fillet cooked in salt or Milanese style, you will find traditional dishes based on seasonal products, as well as an excellent vegetarian and vegan offer. The excellence of the raw materials can be especially appreciated in the homemade bread and pasta, in the vegetables coming from the restaurant’s garden, and in the cured meats of own production seasoned with natural methods.
The internal rooms are very suggestive (especially the one that preserves the huge eighteenth-century fireplace) and characterized by contemporary design furniture that combines antiques, collections of paintings, and photos that Davide likes to change often mixing them with each other. The result is a warm atmosphere that underlines the familiar character of the place, in contrast with the high refinement of the dishes.
Opposite the entrance to the restaurant, overlooking the garden, there is the beautiful wine cellar which has over 600 labels, also perfect for aperitifs and tastings sessions on request. In summer it is a must to eat under the trees or in the shade of the suggestive white sails, surrounded by medicinal plants and the evocative peace of the Venetian countryside.
The farmhouse was built about 300 years ago by the noble Venetian family Balbi Valier Sammartini who had established in these areas, from the mid-eighteenth century, its activities related to the processing of silk, a manufacturing industry that was once very flourishing in this hilly area.