I had a really special dining experience and evening at Damoro Italian Restaurant in Davos Platz. Antonio said he was taking me out for dinner but I hadn't a clue where. We arrived fairly close to closing time and were actually the only people in the entire establishment. Normally this would sketch me out a bit but we were quickly taken care of so I didn't notice after a few minutes. Antonio knew the Maître D'hôtel and he treated us very well. A taste of prosecco and a gorgeous bread basket before we even barely opened our menus. Yes please.
I honestly wasn't even all that hungry when we walked in but I quickly found the space. It was really nice to be surprised with a night out at a beautiful restaurant. I scanned the menu for vegetarian options and when I read "burrata" I needn't look further. It's one of my favourite things ever ever ever and the rendition I had at Damoro didn't disappoint. It was served along side tomatoes that had been marinated in sugar and vinegar. Really quite simple but perfectly executed. They were so delicious, the texture was almost like biting into something gently cooked but the center remained fresh and juicy. Balsamic pearls to garnish. I quite happily used the table bread as a vehicle to deliver all this deliciousness into my mouth.
I had a silky pumpkin soup with crispy leeks and goats cheese gnocchi as my main course. It was elegant and rich. I was 100% hitting my food wall by this point. Then Antonio and the Maître D'hôtel exchanged a bunch of words in Italian. I could tell Antonio was trying to say "no more food!!!" It was evident we weren't really going to have a choice in the matter. Cannoli wasn't negotiable. I thought, Ok we can share one dessert. Of course out came two, plus a plate of biscotti.
When I thought the experience couldn't get any better out came rucolino. A beverage special to the area where Antonio comes from in Italy. It is an arugula based digestif liqueur. Similar nuances to bitters. Our server also comes from the same island Antonio does, called Ischia. (a ferry ride from Naples) When I first met Antonio I researched his island and was therefore familiar with this special drink. I was actually really moved because I couldn't believe there were bottles of this in Davos and they happened to be appearing before my eyes. Another bottle of "rucolino crema" came out also, and this was my favourite. Coffee flavour I do believe. We sampled each, I was in my happy place. Then again in more Italian they exchanged words. Antonio arranged to buy a bottle for me to bring back to Canada.
I will certainly go back the next time I'm in Davos. In the meantime I can sip on my rucolino crema and reminisce about the perfect night.
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