A few kilometers from the extraordinary Canova house museum, Osteria Bellavista is a safe, warm and welcoming haven, where you can take refuge for a special culinary cuddle. Raffaele and his son Paolo, passionate hosts, will welcome you with a smile ready to tell you about the dishes of the day prepared with the refined products that they get fresh every morning from their trusted suppliers.
At the Osteria there is no printed menu as the dishes change according to the best raw materials available every day: from the organic chicken grown without eating any chemical feed to the ultra-fresh raw shrimps, from the artisanal salami from Cervellin in Asolo, to the oil of the Fattoria dei Sensi from the Euganean Hills…and the list would be, really, very, very long.
The restaurant’s rooms are like the cozy ones of a private rural residence, divided into a veranda room with huge windows overlooking the garden, where in summer you can dine by candlelight, and a central room full of objects linked to happy convivial memories. Such as the collections of hearts or that of alarm clocks, on the shelf above the bar, donated to Raffaele by his customers, a testimony of the beautiful bond that he loves to create with his most loyal guests.
In the kitchen, Davide Rizzardo and his staff, a skilled pastry chef, create genuine, incredibly tasty dishes, built to enhance the superb quality of the raw materials. The menu offers a great variety of fish – from raw scampi with orange powder and bread crumbs to pan-seared scallops with aubergine and turmeric sauce – and of meat cuts – from Bresse cockerel with rosemary and pan-fried vegetables to beef tartare of Fassona with goat Robiola cheese and chopped Taggiasca olives and capers. Obviously, everything is accompanied by homemade bread baked in a wood oven.
The wine list is remarkable, with over 500 labels, from the most famous ones to the local hidden gems; so well done and reasoned that it is worth taking it home and studying it calmly.
And as happens in the very best restaurants, customers are not only pampered with good food: at the end of lunch or dinner, in fact, Raffaele will bring you a tray with many envelopes to choose from. Each of them hides a sentence, original inspirational quotes, all meticulously written by hand, which will fix forever in your mind the memory of the beautiful hours spent at Osteria Bellavista.
After lunch, a visit to the Temple and the House Museum of Antonio Canova is definitely a must. One of the most famous sculptors and artists in the world, a favorite of Napoleon, he is renowned for his beautiful B-sides and male nudes. The Museum is a magical place, enlarged in 1957 by the genius of Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa who was able to create, in one of his most significant creations, an original perspective game between the natural light coming through and Canova’s statues. Here you can admire his most famous works, from the portrait of Paolina Borghese, Napoleon’s sister, to Adonis and Venus.