June 5, 2012
Campari and handmade pasta in Hiroo
Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2012
In the affluent triangle of Hiroo, Ebisu and Shibuya, Orgoglio del Casalta (1F Hiroo Bldg, 3-12-40 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku; www.orgogliodelcasalta.com) is aiming to put a spin on how Italian restaurants set themselves up in Tokyo. For starters, the outdoors is a small Tuscan garden of creeping ivy and other pretty vegetation. Just inside the opened doors, you’ll see something unusual for Tokyo restaurants, which is a cocktail bar right up front. This is a good place for a pre-prandial Campari and orange, or to chill out while you wait for a table. Owner-chef Yoshinori Konno learned his trade in the Old Country and handmakes his delicious pasta (from ¥1,400).