PASTA ITALIANO KICHIU: Futakotamagawa Station – A Sensational Place for Lunch
Last Sunday my wife and I found ourselves free for lunch. (We dropped our daughter off at a Birthday Party and caught the train to Futakotamagawa to visit the Italian Trattoria “PASTA ITALIANO KICHIU”. (We called in a Reservation the same morning and were fortunate to get a table for 2:00 pm.) The Restaurant is open from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for lunch and seating is limited. There’s room at the bar for about 9 individuals and five tables lined up against the wall. The kitchen is open air and the atmosphere is warm and comfortable.
We ordered a Set Menu that included a mixed antipasti plate made with fresh local vegetables. It came with a cup of nice vegetable soup lightly flavored with pumpkin.
This was followed by a choice of Pasta or Risotto. My wife’s risotto was delicious and the perfect texture might be well described as Al Dente. My beef ragout egg noodle pasta was very tasty.
Main Courses of Grilled Fish and tender Beef Steak met all expectations.
Our total bill for two complete meals was 6000 Yen. (Beverages are not included in the set menu price.)
The KICHIU has a wine list well suited to their menu and special board. (My wife feels that the food favors the salty and spicy side of the equation lending itself to those who enjoy product from the vine.) We tried the Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2008. The ruby red colored wine was light and peppery with an intense bouquet. It paired well with the Red Meat Dishes.
KICHIU has been one of our regular destinations as it is convenient to our home and always serves a quality product. We find service at lunch best as the set menus favor timely delivery. The young Part Time Staff working lunch are inexperienced but friendly. (Japan’s Tabelog web site is full of critiques complaining about the professional but dour and stern faced waiters working evenings at this Trattoria.) It is not a Restaurant that welcomes children but is a popular destination for couples. (There are plenty of other options for Italian Dining as a Family in Niko-Tama.)
Bottom Line: try the PASTA ITALIANO KICHIU for Lunch on a Weekend. Make a Reservation and you won’t be disappointed.
Pasta Italiano Kichiu http://www.kiwa-group.co.jp/restaurant/a100088.html (Japanese Only)