Sara Says...

DINE and Destinations - - MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE -

Come to Toulà at the sun­set cock­tail hour and you will never want to leave. Set­tle in at your ta­ble and ap­pre­ci­ate the scene. Dur­ing the day, the view of the lakes, Is­land Air­port and yacht clubs is breath­tak­ing. Evenings, the ci­tyscape is dra­matic and ro­man­tic. Com­fort­able ban­quettes and spac­ing of ta­bles for pri­vacy is care­fully planned. No one can over­hear your sweet whis­pers or your five-year busi­ness plan.

Toulà, an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned restau­rant that had its be­gin­nings in Tre­viso, Italy, gives us the culi­nary tra­di­tions of Biffi Scala e Toulà in Milan. Luca Vis­cardi and his team are Ital­ian to the core. These are the peo­ple who in­vented hos­pi­tal­ity. To the non-ital­ian speaker, the menu reads like an opera, though our server is de­lighted to trans­late. An English menu is avail­able, but let’s take the jour­ney. Many of the pas­tas are fresh, handmade—the kind I like best. Pap­pardelle with fresh and wild mush­rooms; tagli­olini with as­para­gus and P.E.I. mus­sels and the list goes on. The per­fume of fresh basil is in­tox­i­cat­ing and em­anates from most pasta dishes.

In Italy, food is ut­terly fresh and sim­ply pre­pared. The whole grilled fish, a plate of carpac­cio with shaved Parmi­giano-reg­giano, rack of lamb en­crusted with fine herbs; a sim­ply per­fect risotto Mi­lanese—these are the clas­sics that we love. We can dine and dream and en­joy a view over­look­ing the lights of the city.

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