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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE > March 2009

Bianco Taipei

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Bianco Taipei

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Bianco Taipei

(02) 2325-3655
19, Lane 112, RenAi Rd, Sec 4
Hours: 11:30 am-9:30 pm (last order 8:30 pm)
Credit cards accepted. No service charge.
http://www.wretch.cc/mypage/biancotw1

Bianco means "white" in Italian, which describes most of the decor here--from the front porch to the interior, it's all white. The owner runs a Hong Kong and Taiwan business importing Italian food ingredients, such as olive oil, vinegar, pasta, coffee bean, red and white wines, mineral water and chocolate. Bianco was established for two reasons: a) as a shop to sell Italian ingredients, and b) as a restaurant to provide Italian cuisine prepared with these products. Consequently, diners who really enjoy their meals here can ask for the recipe, buy the ingredients on the spot, and hopefully duplicate the dish at home. You'll find most dishes nutritional, healthy and less greasy than those found at other Italian restaurants, and Bianco only uses organic olive oil in its cooking and serves organic pasta. The menu is updated once or twice a month, based on new creations from the kitchen staff. --Written and translated by Diva Yang

A. Organic Risotto with Black Truffle in Cream Sauce (NT$310) is different from any risotto you've ever had. Italian black truffles and Taiwanese top-grain organic Chi-Shang rice are the hearty ingredients and good for your health, too. You can order a medium-sized a la carte portion, or go with one of several set-meal options. Select any two items from a list of soups, salads, drinks, gelato and cake for an added NT$100, or get three for NT$150, four for NT$200, or all of the above for an additional NT$230.

B. One of Bianco's unique creations, Puttanesca (NT$300), features anchovies stir-fried until they literally melt into an aromatic blend of organic pasta.

Bianco TaipeiC. Gelato (NT$90) is available in 12 flavors. Strawberry, blueberry, pineapple and mango are made from fresh fruit and milk; although the fat content is less than most ice cream, it's colorful and creamy. You'll be asking for more after the first scoop!

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