With so many choices of restaurants here in Cuenca, we finally remembered to visit Quo Vadis. We now wish we had not taken sooo long to go.
It is an intimate dining area with four small tables 2-4 persons each. The decor is amazing....very cute with flowers and lace, just like your Grandmothers dining room might look. The interior umbrella's nicely hide the double height ceilings and give that warm cozy feel.
We made reservation just that same afternoon. Upon arrival the two of us were greeted warmly by the chef/owner and seated at our table. We were given a menu consisting of about 5 appetizers (Entradas) and quite an extensive list of Pasta choices for the main dish. We did not see any other type of dishes such as meats or seafood. The choices are the different preparations of sauces (some with seafood), then at the bottom you may choose which type of pasta you prefer (fettuccine, fusili, penne, spaghetti, etc...). they also have Lasagna and ravioli.
We started with a mixed appetizer of prosciutto (from Italy) and cheeses (selection of hard aged and medium firm -- no soft ones) accompanied by a caramelized onion compote and a roasted red pepper sauce. We savoured this with the basket of freshly baked bread also provided.
For our main dishes: one of us ordered the Carbonara, and were informed that is was not made with cream (as usual in North America), but as traditionally done in Italy with egg....perfect! Our other pasta was a tomato and gorgonzola sauce with penne. Both were absolutely fantastic. Pastas cooked perfectly, the Carbonara with pancetta and mushroom in egg and Parmesan was not saucy but well coated.....and that gorgonzola sauce was probably the smoothest, richest, deepest flavoured we have ever had. Neither of us had to touch the salt or pepper.
We topped the meal off with great Italian coffees and the chefs delicious panna cotta which he proudly proclaimed was his grandmothers recipe.
Quo Vadis is now definitely at the top of our list for Pasta here in Cuenca. We will return soon.
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