Gastronomica, Prague 3


There’s a bit of a buzz around Prague TV Tower. And it’s not just the buzz about Buzz, Google’s new location-aware social networking tool. This buzz is coming from the just-opened Gastronomica on Prague 3.


You remember the working lunch – an interface facilitating the exchange of relevant data, involving the consumption of new content, with possible increased liquidity. Lunch is what we did before Gmail and Facebook and Flickr. We got to it without GPS and we actually went back to the office to see if there were any messages.

And here in Prague we have finally great place for β€œnormal” lunch. The Gastronomica has been opened by Riccardo Lucque. It’s a salumeria, gourmet foodstore, wine shop, cheese shop, antipasto bar, cooking school and Trattoria all rolled into one.

Here, the past and modern is layered into the high-tech cool marble and glass fitout like the seams of an archaeological dig. It looks so good, and feels so good. Everyone appears torn between wanting to shop and wanting to eat. Many, like me, do both πŸ™‚ No normal person could walk past a salami counter this well stocked and not want to eat in, or take-away, or both.

The antipasto selection is just perfect, including as it does little mounds of freshly sliced prosciutto di Parma and nutty iberico bellota jamon; as well as rich, lightly smoky wagyu bresaola, a square of moreish parmesan frittata; a ladleful of squishy eggplant parmigiana and a couple of crisp grissini.

An Italian wine list has about 20 wines by the glass or bottle, although you can also choose something from the huge wine shop. Some dishes sound rustic but come refined, such as grass fed beef fillet sliced fresh marinated with fresh Reggiano and rocket, grilled field mushrooms char grilled and marinated on rosemary, garlic and chilli, confit duck roasted, with homemade egg pappardelle. It comes warm rather than hot….Children enjoy their own menu.

To finish, a home made tiramisu, espresso and little ice cream is good fun…

Gastronomica, La Bottega di Aromi

Ondříčkova 17

130 00 Praha 3

Tel.: 222 233 811

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