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“Worth the trek!”
Review of Le Calandre

Le Calandre
Ranked #1 of 41 Restaurants in Rubano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 53 - US$ 211
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Let's start with the restaurant. The interior is beautiful and dimly lit even for lunch, which is just much more flattering ;) The service was fantastic. Ok now let's get to the good stuff, the food. I did a vegetarian version of the classic tasting menu, which they were all too happy to help piece together. The famous saffron risotto is easily top five dishes I've ever had, and the cannelloni is also up there now that I'm thinking about it. The beetroot artichoke course was most surprising though. I feel like a lot of places are doing beets for vegetarians and they can be kind of hit or miss for me. I loved this one. As for drinks, I asked the sommelier to pair 2-3 wines with the meal (sadly I didn't want to drink too much) and the choices were excellent and relatively affordable. It was a trek for me to get out to the restaurant from Venice, but it was worth it!

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Le Calandre has three things going for it before you take your first bite:

1. It has already been highly acclaimed.
2. The modern interior manages to be both minimalist and warm. You feel like eating as soon as you sit down.
3. They offer not one, but three distinctive tasting menu options. Quite impressive.

I dined recently and opted for the "Raf" tasting menu. "Max" and "Classic" are other options.


* The first course was "nudo e crudo di pesce e carne"- lights out delicious and creative seafood dish.
* A singular, yet melt-in-your-mouth "ravioli di pistacchio caffè, capperi e lavanda"
* a pineapple sorbet followed a long run of heavy and fishy dishes. It came at the right time.
* Perfectly cooked pasta throughout.


* Service. It started out with a remarkable flourish that survived for the first 1/3 of the meal. By the end of the night, it was much closer to inattentive. The first courses came out fast and furious with painstaking explanations and constant table visits from staff. Later on, it became difficult to get attention from the staff.
* Dessert. My grand finale was a "nuvola di tiramasu". It was basically a good tiramasu...not exactly a memorable ending to a 3-star meal.
* Creativity. I prefer taste to creativity any day. However, if you are going to do something creative, don't overdo it. My meal featured not one, but two courses featuring savoury "ice cream". The second savoury ice cream led me to think, "Again?"
* the Beef course. While I was ready for something besides seafood by the last course, the "Condone di Manzo con carficiofi al finocchietto e maionese di canoce" had an odd flavour and seemed more like a southeast Asian street food dish that didn't belong with the meal.


* I ordered a bottle of white wine. After it was opened, it was stored in an ice bath?. From the first sip to the last, the temperature of the wine dropped what seemed to be at least 10 degrees celsius. I know they did not want it to become too warm, yet it did become too cold.

I have been fortunate to eat at many highly-regarded restaurants around the world. I have had some major disappointments and some thrilling experiences. I am glad to have eaten here, yet consider Le Calandre closer to very good than great.

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1  Thank mbc421
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

One can quibble about a sommelier that was late in filling your glass or a waiter that swapped dishes of different patrons or the decor that was not to your taste but as long as the food is good that is really what matters. In this respect Le Calandre delivers and exceeds most expectations. It is indeed not an average pizzeria in terms of prices but you cannot escape the conclusion that the imagination, effort and execution that is involved justifies the prices. The taste one experiences has been compared by some to the complex and brilliant symphony. Even less exuberantly, as a chamber orchestra the restaurant would be among the very very best. A couple details that tell more than bombastic accolades. When sommelier presents you with the ipad the wines are listed, among other categories, by price so you can choose the least expensive if you wish. More frequently in such restaurants the sommelier's recommendation which could run into a fairly expensive affair is accepted. Here, he recommended good local wines fairly priced by the standard of the establishment. There are no unnecessary frills like offering 25 different types of salts or vinegars. Instead, one great olive oil from the house's orchards and one salt is quietly used. All patron's idiosyncrasies are attended to by replacing ingredients or offering dishes that are not even on the menu. All in all much more unforgettable experience than in some other 3 star restaurants. There is a little cafe that they run next to the restaurant and it also has enough attractions to lure a discriminating client.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Le Calandre is located at the side of the main road of a somewhat unprepossessing town in a contemporary building.

The interior is spacious, decorated in neutral tones, and lots of natural materials. You are immediately welcomed with an aperitif and amuse bouche before being presented with the menu.

The bread comprised two types of sourdough which whilst of very high quality I would have expected something a little more innovative at a 3* restaurant. A selection of crackers are also provided and one with "curry" flavours was superb.

As it was my first time dining here I chose the classic menu. The first course which comprised oysters, caviar and white asparagus was a stunning combination of tastes, textures, and temperatures. Other standout dishes were the saffron and liquorice risotto which had a perfect balance and depth of flavours and the whole dish was beyond perfection - I would've been happy to eat another couple of bowls of it! The "mozzarella" dessert was spectacular both visually and in terms of taste.

What was disappointing was that no mignardises were served with after dinner tea. In virtually every Michelin starred restaurant (1 and 2 stars included) there is an interesting and often very elaborate selection of mignardises which finish off the meal nicely. Here we were served our tea and the service virtually stopped and I had to wait a long time to request the bill. All in all it was something of an anti climax as the meal had started off so strongly with a procession of innovative dishes and it ended with just a cup of tea with not so much as a biscuit to accompany it.

Given the quality of the cooking here, it is disappointing that the whole experience didn't feel more generous; it was very much you got exactly what you paid for and in a 3* restaurant, for me at least, part of the fun is all the "surprises" that aren't listed out on the menu and a feeling of generosity. Sadly, this part of the experience was lacking for me.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Possibly greatest dining experience in Italy so far. Bit pricy but oh boy worth every penny! I have had risotto with saffron, cuttlefish and potato soufflé- amazingly prepared! Service was bit slow and wine selection wasn’t as great as I expected but dinner was just exquisite

Thank Hubert W
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