Italian restaurants

Ilnar Tukhbatov/TASS
Agafredo may look like a regular coffee place on the outside, but it is actually an Italian restaurant with a warm chamber feel to it. Expect the usual – pizza, pasta, desserts and really good coffee (the barista will vouch for it!). The dessert menu is overwhelming, business lunch is plentiful, and breakfasts are very copious (they are listed as numbered sets on the menu). Agafredo has outdoor seating on the porch in the summer.
Ilnar Tukhbatov/TASS
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This pompous Italian restaurant occupies a 19th-century mansion. The decor – gondola paintings, glass chandeliers, silk upholstered chairs, Venetian masks on the walls, fireplace and white grand piano, all evocative of Medieval Venice – behoves most visitors to be quiet and sit primly upright all through their dinner.

The menu is strictly by the book: the popular Italian pastas, caprese salad, risotto frutti del mare. Arlecchino hosts culinary and wine festivals from time to time, such as the Colourful Italy Festival, when the wine list gets sizeably augmented and wine is 100 rubles a glass, or the risotto and ravioli festival with numerous additions to the menu, lasting several days. Arlecchino has mostly Italian wines on its wine list. Sometimes they stage gourmet dinners with an all-new designer menu, complemented with specially selected wines.
Ilnar Tukhbatov/TASS
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Sviter is the designer version of an urban Italian café chain. The brand chef, Anton Ivnitsky, came from Moscow, where he used to run such successful establishments as Ragout and Lavkalavka. Sviter offers many vegetarian selections, marked with a special sign on the menu. The café uses lots of seasonal vegetables for ingredients, so its menu periodically changes.

The menu is dominated by European food, with a prominent place given to pasta and risotto specialties. They serve a beautiful breakfast every morning, and until 5 p.m.: porridge with berries, sandwiches, omelettes and poached eggs. Sviter runs all kinds of delectable promotions all the time, e.g. offering free desserts or discounts on pasta for "likes" on social media.
Ilnar Tukhbatov/TASS
PASTA has no notable interior decorations that would distract one from the food, save for the fireplace, Sofie Lorent portrait on the wall, and plasma screen TV on the wall. The menu is traditionally Mediterranean: focaccia with mozzarella and pesto, shrimp salad with grapefruit, baked chicken breast, risotto frutti del mare and assorted pizzas.

The wine list is rather modest, with few Italian wines. You get complimentary pesto multigrain bread. Your server will vehemently recommend herbal house tea. PASTA is a quiet place, which makes it ideal for a late breakfast on a weekend, a family dinner, or a business meeting. Parties are frequent here and family occasions are celebrated quite often. If you have far to travel to visit the café, it is advisable that you call first and ask if the place is available for walk-ins tonight.
Ilnar Tukhbatov/TASS
This is an Italian restaurant which is serious about food, no wonder it is so popular in Kazan. Basilico is proud of its stone oven. Its chef, who hails from Naples, gets it as hot as 400 degrees Celsius. It takes four minutes to bake a pizza at this temperature: one of the nearly two dozen varieties on the menu, or make your own. Further down the menu you find several offerings of steak, risotto, many different pastas and desserts. The wine list consists exclusively of Italian wines, plus a large selection of Italian spring water. Basilico is always full, so it is a good idea to make a reservation. The restaurant has outdoor seating for 30 in the summer.
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