Developed by world-famous creator Philippe Starck and the Alajmo brothers, Italy’s most revered culinary family, AMO is located at the base of Venice's Rialto Bridge, inside the atrium of the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi luxury department store. The restaurant’s style is updated Venetian with black and white striped booths adorned with red accent pillows and a regal throw with a golden griffin embroidery. Let’s start with the tartare (which was the best and most innovative tartare we tried in Europe). The beef tartare is covered in a black summer truffle tiramisu. AMO is conscious of its vegetarian guests. For something different, try la tartare di verdure, vegetarian beet tartare served with capers, a plant-based mayonnaise, and gluten-free rice crisps in a beautiful deep shade of purple. The avocado carpaccio is another simple veg-friendly option and consists of sliced avocado in a guacamole sauce. You wouldn’t know it from his humble presence, but AMO’s bartender, Lukas Kelm, competed in and won second place in last year’s Stoli Elit competition with his Sea Martini. Our team was lucky enough to sample a few of Kelm’s creations — our favorite was a gin maré infusion with cherry tomato, basil, essence of rosemary, and activated vegetable coal.
S. Marco, 5556, 30100 Venice, Italy alajmo.it
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