I wouldn’t like to be an Italian restaurant in Zurich. There are over 200 of them, the competition is high and they all claim to offer authentic cucina de la mamma.
I have been curious enough as to land in places that do honour this promise and that with a simple plate of pasta can take you to the deepest corners of Italy. Might sound easy, but it isn’t.
That’s why I love Cinque. They know how to please their customers and it’s the place to go if you do not look to immerse yourself into a fusion experience, but just to get a rich plate of Pappardelle with fungi or grilled squid with lemony spinach. Delicate and soft to the bite with a touch of lemon and fresh pepper, it shows that even when not near the sea, you can still find great seafood in Zurich.
But, the meat dishes are not be overlooked. Their veal chop, one of their house dishes, is beautifully seared with sage butter and paired with roasted potatoes proving that few ingredients can make for a perfect meal.
Also, the ambience reminds me of an old Italian painting. A bit chaotic, low lights, people interacting simultaneously across the room. Some engaged in cheerful conversations and others in deeper ones. A romantic, interesting experience if you do not mind the loudness of the place.
Classic, typical Italian and not the newest spot in town, but Cinque is a great option and therefore deserves to be spotted.