Excellence and Design at Enrico Bartolini’s Ristorante Casual in Bergamo
The atmosphere inside the restaurant is both classy and welcoming from the moment you step inside – a combination which both owner and architects purposely sought to create. The dining area is made up of two large dining rooms, a separate room for private events and a courtyard which is open during the warmer seasons. Casual's windows fill up an entire wall so as to offer diners views of the cable cars which bring visitors up and down from the Lower and Upper cities. The striking look of the dining areas was achieved with the use of natural materials which serve as part of both the architecture and the décor of the restaurant. The entire space was designed by Marco Taurian for Tecnoarredamenti.
The lighting, by Bergamo based Catellani & Smith, creates an interplay of light and shadow which contributes to giving the rooms a feeling that is cozy yet alluring. Bartolini's Contemporary Classic is brought to life with essential and minimalist lighting such as those in the collection Lederam which illuminate with tones of white and gold, the waterfall of sparkling droplets from the Jackie O, the warming floor lighting of Wa Wa, and the gigantic PK Led 100 which steals the scene with its gold leaf.
Casual is the brainchild of internationally known chef Enrico Bartolini considered one of Italy's best young chefs, who has made his mark in the culinary world with his talent, passion, creativity and ambition. He earned his first Michelin star at just 29 years old, after perfecting his trade in Italy, France and England, and is now the owner of several restaurants in northern Italy from Milan to Venice. Bartolini handpicked his young resident chef for Casual, Cristopher Carraro, for his impressive talent, even writing, “I really wanted Carraro for his great talent notwithstanding his young age.” Casual's maitre d' is Marco Locatelli.
The restaurant's à la carte menu offers diners exquisite choices such as red prawns in a citrus sauce, risotto with shrimp, walnuts and a lime emulsion, and a beef sirloin with vegetables and sauces. Besides the à la carte menu Casual also offers two tasting menus ranging from 50-100 euros: First Time in Italy which takes diners on a culinary tour with dishes like Piedmont beef tartar, Risotto with beetroot and gorgonzola cheese sauce, veal cheek with traditional meat sauce, and soft chocolate with hazelnut ice cream, or the other tasting menu Seas Around Italy with its five-course seafood menu. Casual also boasts a topnotch wine list which assures guests the perfect pairing to every meal in a location that exudes elegance and excellent cooking in the heart of beautiful Bergamo.