Paolo Chiari’s little treasure chest
Lalimentari restaurant, a trip through the essence of the land of Bergamo
The work philosophy of this restaurant, managed by Paolo Chiari and his wife Simona, is to continuously look for new products on the local territory and to recall the past through their cooking. The restaurant is placed on a narrow street in the Upper town of Bergamo, where you can easily get from the famous Corsarola (the main street).
As soon as you enter the restaurant, you will see with your own eyes the passion that Paolo has for the local raw materials. And it is still more evident on the menu, which contains many dishes typical of the tradition of Bergamo, prepared in a basic way, without changing their original recipe too much. This is a place where the local inhabitants not only can let themselves carry away by the tastes of homely food, but they can also recall the memories of the past and discover unique and unknown gastronomic treasures, while tourists will have the possibility to enjoy local and authentic dishes.
“We cook the rabbit as it was made at home - says Paolo Chiari- by cooking for half an hour a fried mixture of herbs and onion, with bacon and lard in a frying pan”.
On the menu there are the original “Casoncelli” and the “Scarpinocc” too, the two famous kinds of traditional, filled Ravioli typical of Bergamo, and different selections of cold cuts, but also some traditional dishes, such as the so called Ciareghì(egg cooked with melted butter) with mushrooms, or the braised beef with red wine.
Moreover, there is a wide selection of polenta as seasoned indifferent ways: from the classical ones with mushrooms, Taleggio DOP, or Formai de Mut DOP (typical cheese from Bergamo), to those with bacon or salami, and the most particular with anchovies from Cantabrico. It is also possible to taste the “polenta concia”, with cheese produced in local farms and raguof meat and sausage.
Last but not least, the most delicious dish of the whole valley of Bergamo, the so called “polenta taragna”, is prepared only with integral flour of mais and buckwheat. This dish must be absolutely made by adding as much cheese as the quantity of flour used during the preparation.
Lalimentari restaurant and its wine list with the flavors of Bergamo
Paolo is very keen on the territory of Bergamo, so the raw materials he selects concerning the wines have always been very specific; in fact there are more than 40 wine labels of both red and white Valcalepio on the wine list. “My main aim - says Paolo - is to create a wide and varied selection of different regional wines, with products from Bergamo and its suburbs. The fact that you can make the wrong choice concerning wine is not a real problem, because what really makes the difference is your purpose, and only by basing on it you can make the right choices”.
This restaurant in Bergamo Upper town and its origin
Lalimentari restaurant was opened in Bergamo in 2008, but some tasting events had already been organized for a couple of years, in which polenta and cold cuts selections were offered. The passion for the taste has an ancient origin in this family of restaurant owners. Paolo’s paternal grandfather was a cheese-seller and he met his grandmother, a restaurant owner from the Upper town, exactly where he worked.
“My father is still selling cheese in a shop of the city, while my wife Simona and I decided to start our own business”.
The main ingredients of their dishes, which are an example of what the territory of Bergamo can offer, are simplicity and essentiality.
|Price range :||€ 25,00 / € 40,00 wine not included|
|Kind of building :||Restaurant, Wine bar|
|Kind of cooking :||Tipical local food, Zero-km cooking , Gluten free|
|Specialties :||Tipical local food|
|Perfect for :||Lunch, Dinner, Children, Families|
|Services :||Pet allowed, Air conditioning|
|Environment characteristics :||Welcoming, Familiar|
|Payment methods :||Bancomat, American Express, Diners, MasterCard, Postepay, Visa|
|Piazza Vecchia, 8/11 – 24129 Bergamo|
|+(39) 035 233043|
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|Tuesday||11.00 - 15.00||18.00 - 23.00|
|Wednesday||11.00 - 15.00||18.00 - 23.00|
|Thursday||11.00 - 15.00||18.00 - 23.00|
|Friday||11.00 - 15.00||18.00 - 23.00|
|Saturday||11.00 - 15.00||18.00 - 23.00|
|Sunday||11.00 - 15.00||18.00 - 23.00|