Caminetto d’Oro, Bologna, 5/6/16

Exterior
Exterior

Caminetto d’Oro is a medium sized place that was not full but they are known for their steaks so we went. It was a lively place even so and service was good. They started with a creamy cheese on a spoon. It was tasty but it would have seemed nicer to have a bowl of it for the table to go with the ample bread basket, but I guess this way you could just eat it plain if you wanted to.

door
door
interior
interior
interior
interior
other room
other room
Cat and birds
Cat and birds
Amuse: cheese on spoon
Amuse: cheese on spoon
bread basket
bread basket
Frankie explored the decorations
Frankie explored the decorations
menu cover
menu cover
menu picture
menu picture
antipasta menu
antipasta menu
first plates
first plates
Second course
Second course
the grill menu
the grill menu
back
back
table set up
table set up
Frankie wanted to be in the flowers
Frankie wanted to be in the flowers

With the waiters caution we split the pasta soup, as the steaks do not come in small sizes. The soup was very tasty and a nice amount.

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Tortellini in brodo: Tortellini soup traditional chicken adn beef broth – Carati Family’s recipe/ half portion
wine front
wine front
wine back
wine back
Frankie's ready for some serious cutting
Frankie’s ready for some serious cutting

 

The steak arrived still steaming and cooked nicely rare. We chose the Piedmontese breed of cattle as we had not previously tried it. Although it was nicely tender it did not have the taste of the Fiorentina. The meat was fairly lean and needed to be doused with the olive oil they served with it. We preferred the strip side of the porterhouse cut because the tenderloin was just too dry due to lack of fat. It tasted more like pot roast than steak meat. The strip side more closely resembled the American tenderloin. The roast potatoes that accompanied the meat were very nice. We ordered two side vegetables, peas and asparagus. The portions were small but the peas were marvelous – sweet and so very fresh.  The asparagus were also good but not as exceptional.

Porterhouse steak and potatoes
Porterhouse steak and potatoes
steam coming off the plate
steam coming off the plate
fresh peas
fresh peas
asparagus
asparagus
Frankie thought the service table was for her
Frankie thought the service table was for her

 

We had seen some nice strawberries at the market so chose them for dessert with housemade ice cream and balsamic.  It was a great choice and good to the last drop.  We finished the meal with a glass of grappa for which they brought us some cookies to go with. Perfect!

dessert cover
dessert cover
dessert menu
dessert menu
sweet wine selection
sweet wine selection
coffee
coffee
Frankie played in the water carafe
Frankie played in the water carafe
Vanilla ice cream with strawberries and aged balsamic vinegar
Vanilla ice cream with strawberries and aged balsamic vinegar
another view
another view
grappa
grappa
grappa back
grappa back
Frankie checked for drips on the outside of the glass
Frankie checked for drips on the outside of the glass
she finally found some flowers to play in
she finally found some flowers to play in
after dinner cookies
after dinner cookies
Frankie posed with the bathroom art
Frankie posed with the bathroom art
Frankie found the liqueur shelf
Frankie found the liqueur shelf

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