Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Godfather

Believe it or not, I actually had a date with The Godfather in Geneva! The whole experience was fantastic: great company, lovely authentic Italian food and wonderful live music!
Justify FullDon't quite get the "date" part???

Well, let me explain...When I first moved into my apartment in Geneva, there was a French fine dining restaurant called L'Evidence, which enjoyed a great reputation for its food and service. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to try the food there as the restaurant had to close down within just a few months of us moving in. So, for a long time, the space was unoccupied until...six months ago, when I noticed that there was some renovation work going on. Workers and managers were moving things around, setting up the bar area, tables and chairs, painting the walls, etc. I passed by the restaurant twice a day (on my way to/from work) and curiosity kept building inside of me. David and I tried to guess what type of establishment would be coming up. We thought of all sorts of things like a Doner Kebab, wine bar, normal bar, a coffee house etc. Many times, we even peeked through the window blinds to have a look at what would be developing.

Within just three months, the place was set and good to start business. I was very excited that some cool place had just opened in my apartment building and I wanted to be there for the opening week.

It was fabulous. The restaurant is called Don Corleone, after the main character in The Godfather, and so the restaurant has wall posters of Marlon Brando peering at you. They have just added a statue of Don Corleone sitting at a table too!!! Check him out!

It is a semi-gastronomic restaurant and offers quality Italian food made out of fresh ingredients specially brought in from Italy.

I have been there about 4 or 5 times now, sometimes as part of my F², and each time I bring new people there. The ambience is very nice: dim lights, grey stone walls, a view of the chef baking pizzas and best of all the live singer/pianist.

The first couple of times I went there, the singer was amazing. He sang and played the soundtrack of The Godfather and continued with many Italian and English classics. People just got up from their seats in the midst of eating and just started dancing and twirling around to the music. Many couples were soon on their feet dancing the night away while enjoying their meal. It was so beautiful to watch and I totally loved the whole setting. Adding icing to the cake was the talented chef who came upfront and started to impress us with his dough kneading skills. What originally was a small ball of dough soon became massively flattened and the chef was prancing about while twirling the pizza base on one finger. People, including myself, went mad and started to clap along to cheer to encourage him to keep going. It really was a highlight. Great business idea, something you don't see in other pizzerias here.

I did go back recently but was sad to find out that there is no more live singer or pizza making shows by the chef. Turns out that my neighbors (!!!) complained that the music was too loud and interfered with their sleep, and so, the restaurant had to stop it. A real pity as I really enjoyed it.

Anyway, if you do come to Geneva and are looking for good Italian food, you know where to go! Don't be surprised if you spot the Don Corleone Pizza selling for 580 Swiss Francs (I was really taken aback when I first spotted that on the menu!). The high price is to reflect that the pizza contains 50 grams of caviar, and the restaurant owner proudly told me that in just 1 month, they sold 8 or 9 Don Corleone Pizzas! I would rather buy a flight ticket with that money and go on a vacation!!!

The Don Corleone is at:

Rue des Grottes 13
1201 Genève, Switzerland



Don David said...

I am not a fan of pizzeria in general as they are invading all cities around the world, but have to admit this one is really good !

Romana said...

Lovely... :)

Sumi said...

way cool!!!


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