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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
italian: i strongly recommend BIANCO TAIPEI
No. 19, Lane 112, RenAi Rd, Sec. 4
website: Bianco's Facebook page
hours: M-F 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
SUN/SAT 10 AM- 10 PM
Kid friendliness: no high chairs but roomy in the back dining area
Visit reviewed: 3/18/2010
Bianco offers Italian pastas and risottos in a casual, yet elegant space. When I used to pass by the shop (a number of times) I thought it was a store because from a glance, you can see the shelves of pastas and countertops from the outside.
It wasn't until I was invited to a party there that I discovered that they have a full dining room in the back decked out with mod bubble chandeliers, including a room that could be a private dining space or buffet area for a private party.
The mushroom soup tasted like pureed, creamy mushrooms. I probably could have drank two bowls.
The main dish was just as successful- the truffle risotto had layers of flavors and textures- black pepper, cheese, crunchy asparagus, soft mushrooms, al dente risotto and topped off with flakes of truffles and thin flakes of parmesan. I savored each creamy bite and it felt rich, but not heavy.
Because it was a big party to serve at one time, I gave them a little leeway that my dish took so long to come out. My friend also gave me a bite of her sweet and savory roasted balsamic chicken, which tasted really good while I was waiting. Everyone's pastas and pizzas were so aromatic as they passed me by.
We finished the meal with birthday cake and two mini-scoops of gelato.
Can't beat sampling gelatos while deciding what to get.
Dishes here range from mid NT$200-$400 (or make a set menu) and seems like a popular place for afternoon tea as well with a counter full of cakes and desserts. You can also browse the shelves to buy ingredients to make your own dishes at home. All in all, Bianco is a good addition to the list of casual neighborhood Italian places to have on your list, especially if you are a risotto fan.
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