Dinnertime sometimes can be a stylish and artistic experience that really makes you feel belonging to a different epoch. When I was in Brescia for a quick stay and walking through the beautiful city centre, I bumped into the windows of an elegant restaurant situated in the intersection of two streets.
The reputation should be yet recognisable in the name, Ristorante Antico Beccaria, which denotes the ancient activity and experience in the word antico [anˈtiko] itself and the aristocratic provenance of the Beccaria surname, which historically belongs to important and wealthy lineages of the surrounding grounds. Anyways, if it doesn't like that, well, the whole name echoes like a luxury place anyway.
So, one of the main reasons why this restaurant is without no doubt a must go are the elaborate furnit=ure and the tables dressings up. Three among others are:
Plates refined with golden edges encircling flowery topics, bucolic and mythologic scenes or floral patterns in blue or simply of pure white fine china.
Glasses, with superb decorations and in beautiful hues of blue, pink, turquoise and amber among huge white romantic candles. They are of so opulent appearance which makes it feel like you are attending dinner in some French palace.
Table lamps of liberty style. They just enthralled me, first because they are of one of my favourite art styles and second because they perfectly match the table and the furniture the restaurant is decorated with. So, there are tulip-shaped lamps and smaller cups-like ones, coloured with small vitreous tiles, which emphasise both the walls decked with gilded frills frameworks and black and white pictures and the other more modern lamps or the sixties one at the doors' jambs.
Moreover, the magnificent bottles of wine and seasonings organized in specific shelves give the entire venue a more comfortable and stylish magnetism.
By the way, I usually order a glass of white wine and I cannot but say it was excellent and I really enjoyed sipping it from a luxurious glass too.
As for the food, we decided to have three courses: one appetiser, one first plate and the dessert. This would have revealed a good idea because the entrιe was surely so good both in quality and quantity. The dish was made by four gnocchi fritti (fried gnocchi) and three different pork meats, all in a beautiful red porcelain embellished tray.
Moving on the first course, we chose a delicious serving of tagliatelle with Amarone which is a red wine typical of Verona greater winery area called Valpolicella and baked paccheri with Bagoss cheese this one a characteristic cheese of Bagolino, a small town in the Brescia Alps -.
At this point, we had a small room in our stomach, but still, we agreed to go for a rich trifle before having our coffee. It was displayed like a work of art, in a glass on two fabulous embroidered plates, with perfect layers, mouth-watering chocolate chunks and the cute raspberry at the top: it was extraordinary scrumptious.
Yet the surprise was not finished, as we clearly had the necessity of a physiological refresh before resuming our walking towards a night event. Indeed, the way to the restroom is wonderful too - to find it is necessary to walk down stone stairs through a renovated and classy kind of grotto lit by candles nestled in petals-like lamps, until you will meet marble busts of gentlemen, little cherubs, paintings hung on the walls and get an additional peaceful rest in the tiny sitting room assembled with two red leather armchairs, a carmine bedside cabinet equipped with a glass, a white teapot, a candelabra, sugar bowls and kitchen items as a case, a plate and an ornamental pepper grinder. That was a very exciting dinner!