At the Pordenonelegge Literature Festival, the audience is encouraged to seek typical and picturesque restaurants as well. In my case, I was wandering around the city to satiate my hunger, until I stopped behind the San Francesco ex-cloister and entered into the Al Cenacolo restaurant. Cenacolo stands for (and refers to) The Last Supper, the famous episode described in the Bible, which is an appropriate name given the building is part of a former monastery. At first sight, it seems to be in a old wine cellar, made up by aged wood, stone and sprinkled with dust and humidity (just to give it an evoking atmosphere), but as soon as you spot the luminosity coming from the small garden, you will discover a relaxing and informal place to dine in.
See those bottles? Well, they are coming from a private collection. How better place to exhibit your liquid treasure! I believe the colours, brightness and hint of creativity give a place a more special allure, and Al Cenacolo perfectly combines these elements. So, I was fascinated by the glasses. Yes, I thought they were so original within the place and that they helped to muffle the rusticity of the ambience. A touch of refinement is given by the white of the roses and soft curtains.
I love all those fluro matches: purple, orange, violet and green. A simple artist brush stroke makes all the furniture cosier. It follows a harmonious flow between past and modern era. Below: correspondence of reds. A curious bull and a couple of glasses are popping out from the formal dark interior designs.
The internal rooms actually still preserve the solemnity of the past, but look how the management has used the water fonts as wine containers. That's creativity and savvy re-use of architectural elements.
This space is conserving its medieval characteristics: the columns, the panelled wooden ceiling, the stone water fonts and the wrought iron chandelier recall of the monastery life. Span after span, decorations of a century ago have being hung on the pillars. They belonged to our great-granmothers generations: kitchens pans made by copper. Surrounding the ambience there are few cabinets squashed with bottles (not forget it is also a wine bar!)
The restaurant proposes a simple and a la carte menus, as well as grigliata - barbecue for meat lovers. I chose simplicity and I had the gnocchi with butter, sage and smoked ricotta. Simple, but absolutely smooth and delicious.