Wednesday, September 21, 2016

La Finestra in Cucina: Fine Italian Cuisine in Prague

Opened in 2009, La Finestra is the second restaurant of Italian chef Riccardo Lucque. The main attraction of the restaurant is the opportunity to watch Chef Tomáš Černý, as he prepares his culinary magic in the kitchen at the heart of the restaurant. Priding itself with simplicity, passion and tradition, La Finestra, has the finest Italian food in Prague. Specializing in succulent meat dishes, fabulous fish and sensational pasta, the restaurant provides visitors with rich yet homely surroundings. Ceilings are high, the main dining area is flooded with natural light, and the open kitchen allows guests to watch as Executive Chef Tomáš Černý creates to order. Aside from its culinary endeavours, La Finestra has made it their mission to build the largest collection of Italian wines in the Czech Republic. From the fabulous appetizers, wonderfully fresh fish, fork tender beef, excellent service and superb wine, La Finestra was one of the culinary highlights of our week long stay in Prague.

Chef Tomáš Černý

The modern exposed brick interior

The sensational Italian menu of La Finestra

A selection of fresh local fish for the evening is presented by our server

Also known for their beef, our server also brought a platter of cuts from which we could choose

Amuse Bouche of flaked fish garnished with sautéed mushrooms

House made warm crunchy bread served with garlic infused butter and roasted chickpeas

Glass of Czech red wine

Glass of Czech Gruner Veltliner white wine

Frittura di funghi e gamberi con maionese al bacon a umicato:
Mushrooms and prawns frittura with smoked bacon mayonnaise

Insalata di rucola con burrata, frutti di bosco, salsa al mirtillo e anacardi salati:
Rocket salad with burrata, wild berries, blueberry dressing and salted cashews

The Grilled John Dory presented before plating

John Dory served with braised fennel, zucchini, tomato and lemon

Grilled Whole Branzino filleted and served with braised fennel, zucchini, tomato and lemon

Sliced Austrian Rib Eye Beef garnished with thyme

Roast Potatoes, Crispy Fried Zucchini and Sautéed Spinach

Vanilla Gelato with fresh berries

Passing the kitchen I asked the chefs if I could take a photo — with great humour, they obliged my request with great gusto!

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