Paradiso restaurant… not only in name but also in fact. It is located at the apex of the Versa Valley, in the Caseo district of Canevino, in the small municipality of Colli Verdi of Oltrepò Pavese which owes its fame to San Colombano, surrounded by gentle hills embroidered with regular vineyards that produce grapes from which quality still and sparkling wines are made.
Paradiso is the classic family-run restaurant that transmits all the warmth reserved for good friends. A story that began in the 1930s when Bruno Pochintesta’s grandparents opened a restaurant, which was then transformed in the early 1960s into the current Paradiso Restaurant.
At Paradiso you will find Bruno, who takes care of the kitchen with his daughter Matilde. His wife Camilla will welcome you and help you choose from among our dishes and wines – from Oltrepò Pavese, of course! And then there is little Riccardo, who for the moment is the official taster of his father Bruno’s preparations.
History, enogastronomic tradition, a restaurant heading towards the century mark of its existence but staying true to its traditional roots, to which Bruno has remained strongly attached, thus proposing a more typical cuisine than ever, linked to the local territory and its quality seasonal products.
From his grandparents’ trattoria until today, Bruno has preserved all those more traditional flavours of Oltrepò Pavese cuisine. At Paradiso the raw materials, which Bruno selects personally, mainly follow the seasons, preserving the value of the strong meaning in the link between “product and territory”, guaranteeing absolute quality.
Precisely because Bruno’s cuisine follows seasonality it would be trivial to make a list of courses, but we cannot forget the selection of salamis that Bruno presents in all menus, accompanying them with other “snacks” that enhance their flavour. Among the hallmark first courses are agnolotti stuffed with braised meat, tortelli di magro and risotto. Among the second courses, meat is the main protagonist, braised red meats and game in the coldest period and white meats and small game animals in spring and summer. As in all respectable menus, desserts play their part, not for nothing is it the last course and the one you remember the most, and here too Bruno favours his local territory, with desserts prepared with local fruit. The wine list also reflects Bruno’s desire to promote his local territory and its traditions. It features the best Oltrepò Pavese labels in a selection of sparkling wines, white, red and dessert wines that Camilla, in the dining room, matches with every course.
Colli Verdi 27061