In Villorba, near Treviso, a botanical osteria that combines the good cuisine of our grandmas, including recycled furniture and homemade pasta, with the atmosphere of a modern cocktail bar.
Caffè in Cucina embodies the food and wine vision of the owner Michele Mion who wanted to create a place where you could eat and feel at home like in the taverns of the past and drink, just as well, thanks to a careful selection of labels that “collects” in his well-stocked wine shop.
Opened in 2017, Caffè in Cucina combines the “botanical” atmosphere of modern mixology lounges with original recycled furnishings thanks to a decor created together with the La Centrale Interni design studio. In homage to the rustic kitchens of the past, the interior designer Alberto Colbertaldo has, in fact, restored original furniture and unique pieces from the early 1900s, starting from research carried out in abandoned villas and factories in the Venetian countryside.
The name and the decor bring us back to the warmth of home, to carefully prepared dishes and a good glass of wine chosen from the many labels in our wine shop.
(Michele Mion, owner)
Thus, the large iron window placed on the table at the entrance that divides the bar area from the restaurant comes from a spinning mill in Vittorio Veneto, the chairs from an old school, the wooden tables from ancient farmhouses, while the bar counter was covered with floorboards from attics of Lower Polesine cottages. On the walls and ceiling, household objects characterize the environment, such as old sets of colorful plates and wooden cutting boards, which mix with the many fresh plants and flowers that warm up the room.
The dishes on the menu are inspired by traditional cuisine: from home-made first courses such as gnocchi with roast sauce or tagliatelle with fresh tomato and burrata cheese, to meat recipes such as pork belly or veal tuna sauce cooked at low temperature, up to more summery recipes such as Catalan prawns or sea bass carpaccio marinated in lime.
Caffè in Cucina is also a wine shop and offers a selection of about 200 labels with a preference for natural bubbles of the territory, such as Prosecco col fondo, as well as artisanal French wines and champagnes, which can also be purchased to take away.
Excellent to stop by for an aperitif to be accompanied by cicchetti (Italian tapas) made from noble raw materials such as Pata Negra ham, artisanal porchetta, Cantabrian anchovies, homemade fish balls or a selection of Italian and French cheeses. Also perfect for business lunches, every Saturday Caffè in Cucina offers its famous à la carte brunch with the most popular recipes of this weekend ritual such as avocado toast and eggs Benedict.
The ideal experience? Book the table for 4 in the wine shop’s corner and start off with an aperitif based on artisan gin or vermouth followed by dinner, letting Michele, an attentive host always present in his restaurant, recommend some special wines.
The original wall at the back of the main room, made up of old wooden doors and windows, was designed by Alberto Colbertaldo after visiting the sixteenth-century abbey where Florentine antique dealers had stored the furniture damaged by the flood of the Arno river.