Aug 04, Colombo: Paolo Gavioli, Ian Fernàndez, and Roberto Vicario first came to Sri Lanka a decade in the past and watched u . S. Remodel as they lower back over time, spellbound by the island and its many various charms.
Of these charms, the Galle Fort captured their imagination the most – wandering via its cobbled streets they have been strongly reminded of small Italian villages or ‘Borghi’ back domestic, wherein classic structure units the degree for outstanding Italian delicacies.
Inspired, the trio opened their first Sri Lankan task in May – AQUA Forte is serving up proper Italian food paired with the greatest of wines from Galle Fort’s residential Leyn Baan Street.
In July the restaurant becomes commemorated to serve the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his spouse Professor Maithree Wickremesinghe.
The reception turned into also attended by Mr. and Mrs. Mohan Selvaraj, the Deputy Ambassador of Italy Allegra Baistrocchi, Ramesh Pathirana, Deepal Wickremasinghe, Raveen Wickremasinghe, Gratiaen Prize 2018 winner Arun Welandawe Prematilleke, Niranka Perera, Mr. And Mrs. Nilanga De Alwis, and Mr. And Mrs. Suresh Perera. They were hosted by means of Paolo, Ian, and Roberto within the restaurant’s spacious eating location with seating capacity for 60, which includes a separate dining room on the upper floor which could accommodate 25 seats.
The VVIP guests dined on a customized 4-path menu created by way of Chef Roberto Vicario, the restaurant’s Executive Chef and Managing Director. Chef Roberto brings a historical past in technological know-how to his passion for cooking, experimenting with conventional recipes and creating cutting-edge dishes prepared using traditional Italian cooking strategies with respect for the freshest of produce.
A reading of the menu at AQUA Forte reminds visitors that everything is home made on the web page and to order. Even the bread at AQUA Forte is baked each day, which includes classics like crispy olive studded focaccia. The pasta is rolled fresh -also each day- for classic tagliatelle and deliciously unctuous ravioli or tortellini. All elements are sourced sparkling when available domestically or flown in from Italy.
Guests may begin their eating experience with refined antipasti choices such as Carpaccio di Zucchine (zucchini carpaccio with truffle oil, pistachio disintegrate and ricotta cheese mousse) or Baccala Mantecato Alla Veneziana (Venetian style cod with more virgin olive oil on grilled polenta).
The conventional notes of Italian delicacies ring real within the pasta (‘Primi’) segment, paired with the greatest fine premium substances – Ravioli Alla Norma (ravioli full of eggplants, ricotta and pecorino cheese with clean cherry tomato sauce) and Tagliatelle al Ragu di Coniglio (tagliatelle with rabbit ragu), as an instance.
Guests can eschew the conventional carbs in choose of main courses like Polpo Alla Barese (octopus sous vide with smoked potato puree, parsley powder, and dry black olives) or Porchetta e Peperoni (rolled red meat stomach with herbs served with roast bell pepper salad and crispy crackling).
For ‘Dolci’ (dessert) move classic – tiramisu, panna cotta, Trio di Cioccolato e ricotta, and a fun selection of gelatos and sorbets look forward to.
Each dish will be paired with wine from AQUA Forte’s outstanding wine cellar housing a curated series of one of a kind labels from Italy’s numerous wine regions. Guests will be appreciative of the restaurant’s dedication to ensuring that they can pair every direction or dish with the suitable wine- the massive choice along with the premium labels may be ordered by using the glass or bottle. Non-alcoholic options include premium Italian waters, soft beverages, a spread of freshly pressed fruit juices, and Illy coffee.
The restaurant’s ambiance (designed with the aid of Team Architrave led by using Principal Architect Madhura Prematilleke) is ideal for intimate, state-of-the-art food to fit the Galle Fort’s own appeal of undying elegance. The dress code remains casual- so guests can take a long wander through the fortress’s many pathways before making their way to the restaurant.
“Our guests are right here to experience an actual Italian eating experience and that means they must be comfortable and comfortable. We strongly believe in this philosophy when it comes to the food we serve as well. After all, Italian cuisine is so captivating due to the fact it can be each state-of-the-art and hearty right now”, says Chef Roberto.
Ian introduced: “We constructed this eating place to combo results easily into the Galle Fort as though it’s been right here forever- and we think this unit the ideal level for the real stars here; real Italian meals and wine created and served in one of the maximum lovely places in the world”.
They additionally thanked their companions, announcing “We’re very lucky to have had terrific support regionally from our Attorney at Law and Public Notary Nilanga De Alwis, Suresh Perera of Sithagi Design and Engineering and Antara Solutions, our included employer partners for emblem design and digital advertising and marketing.”
The three friends are so charmed by using Sri Lanka that they may be investing in addition- a small luxurious boutique villa known as AQUA Villa with annex restaurant AQUA Pazza will open in Midigama later this 12 months. They are satisfied that Sri Lanka will get better more potent than ever from recent activities; announcing “Sri Lanka is so beautiful, we will always go back and recognize others will too.”