Cucina dell'anima—food of the soul—is how Chef Elia Rizzo describes his cuisine. True to Italian culinary traditions, he preserves natural flavors through quick cooking and selective ingredients, but tradition gives way to invention, even daring, in the combination of ingredients in dishes such as duck breast with grappa, grapes, and eggplant puree, and beef cheeks with goose liver and caramelized pears. Some find Rizzo's creative combinations, such as adding truffles to a fish filet, difficult to fathom. For an extravagant gastronomic adventure, try the multi-course tasting menu (€135 per person, not including wine). Il Desco's interior is elegant, if overdone, with tapestries, paintings, and an impressive 16th-century lacunar ceiling. The service, though efficient, is not exactly friendly.
Via Dietro San Sebastiano 7, Verona, Veneto, 37100, Italy