A Rus­tic Lunch for Friends

There is lit­tle bet­ter than gath­er­ing with friends or fam­ily over a long lunch, so Set­timo Cielo has put to­gether a graz­ing menu that per­fectly suits leisurely so­cial­is­ing.

Exquisite Taste - - Gourmet | Bali - – By Amanda O’Connor

The Ital­ians have re­fined the art of meals that are far more than just sat­ing your ap­petite; they are oc­ca­sions for peo­ple to share time and ce­ment re­la­tion­ships, so it's no won­der that home-style Ital­ian food is per­fectly suited to groups. Set­timo Cielo, which ap­pro­pri­ately means Sev­enth Heaven, has brought this con­cept to life in Seminyak's re­laxed, hol­i­day at­mos­phere and is of­fer­ing 25 of its sig­na­ture dishes sized per­fectly for graz­ing.

The menu, shared by the whole ta­ble, is packed with tra­di­tional Ital­ian flavours in tempt­ing dishes that use in­gre­di­ents burst­ing with fresh­ness and are pre­pared to or­der. The pre­sen­ta­tion is mod­ern and the al­though the dishes are rus­tic in ori­gin, they have un­der­gone the Set­timo Cielo magic and are small plates of divine temp­ta­tion.

Di­vided into six sec­tions, the menu starts out raw and cured with items like yel­low fin crudo and bre­saola with strac­ciatella, ru­cola pesto and cherry to­mato driz­zled in bal­samic. These clas­sic open­ers con­tinue with the crisp and grilled sec­tion's ev­ertempt­ing fried zuc­chini blos­soms stuffed with goat cheese that are even bet­ter with a touch of tangy salsa verde. As these are likely to van­ish from your friends' plates in mo­ments, it's a good idea to or­der sev­eral, al­though you can al­ways or­der more of any­thing on the graz­ing menu at any time dur­ing your meal.

An­other temp­ta­tion in this sec­tion is the hearty arancini with their rich yel­low rice en­cas­ing a meaty cen­tre ac­cented by the side of olive tape­nade; the fritto of cala­mari are also highly wor­thy of note. The tra­di­tional Ital­ian soups com­prise mine­strone, porcini mush­room and saf­fron seafood, while the sal­ads are vi­brant and in­clude op­tions such as the iconic Mediter­ranean com­bi­na­tion of fen­nel, or­ange and ru­cola. The vel­vety pasta is made in-house and is beau­ti­fully pre­sented, glis­ten­ing with sauce. The goat cheese and ri­cotta tortel­loni has a de­light­ful depth with dried or­ange, parme­san and toasted al­monds adding a hint of com­plex­ity. The meat balls and pac­cheri, mean­while, are hearty and full-bod­ied in a white wine to­mato sauce. The pizza sec­tion has four renowned choices – margherita, mush­room, four cheese, and ru­cola and pro­sciutto, with crispy bases and lus­cious top­pings.

The restau­rant it­self is chic, mod­ern and wel­com­ing, with friendly staff who are happy to ad­vise on food and drinks. The bar serves a se­lec­tion of cock­tails and boasts an ex­ten­sive wine list, as well as fresh juices. Set­timo Cielo is also open for break­fast and din­ner with clas­sic din­ner items like osso bucco, lamb shank and roasted barramundi, in ad­di­tion to many of the dishes on the lunchtime graz­ing menu.

The re­fined flavours of these de­li­cious rus­tic dishes of­fer a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the joys of Italy through a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that is both fun and sa­ti­at­ing. Al­ready a must-do for many of Bali's res­i­dents and tourists-in-the-know, Set­timo Cielo is sure to con­tinue grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity.

Set­timo Cielo

RAB­BIT & PORCINI RAGU PAP­PARDELLE, SEAFOOD SAF­FRON SOUP AND BEEF TARTARE (CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT )

MARGHERITA PIZZA

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