Restaurant L'Avventura

Stockholmers have been talking about the restaurant L'Avventura for the past year (since they opened), and I had heard lots of great things, so I was happy to get the chance to try it out when visiting friends suggested dining here last night. L'Avventura is currently the place to go in Stockholm if you want delicious Italian cuisine in a pretty spectacular/historic setting.
Beautiful Pompeii inspired murals from the 1920's
Located near Odenplan, on the boulevard Sveavägen, the restaurant is in an old cinema from the 1920's. The cinema (Metropol Palais / Lyran) closed in 1985, however the building has been listed as being culturally significant, so many of the details from the cinema can still be seen, from the 6 meter high ceilings to the beautiful and decorative murals and pillars. As luck would have it, the murals are all Pompeii inspired (painted by Nils Asplund)... perfect setting for an Italian restaurant! The addition of olive trees certainly helps with the Roman palazzo ambiance.
We were a group of 7 persons, so we started with a selection of antipasti and classic starters to share. Olives, Vitello Tonnato, deep fried truffles, Italian cheeses & sausages and more. For the main course, I opted for an old favorite... Pulpo (grilled octopus) which was served with grilled lemons and black aoili. Delicious! Others at the tables took pasta dishes, grilled sea bass and entrecote. All the dishes looked fantastic.
An extra plus for the beautiful porcelain! The service was friendly and attentive as well. The wine list was gigantic but, thankfully, the waiter could recommend a nice wine that matched our various main courses. We were too stuffed for dessert unfortunately, but we had enough room for biscotti, coffee and Limoncello. L'Avventura has a couple of beautiful looking bars, perfect for a pre or post dinner cocktail.
The easiest way to get there from Hotel Rival is by subway (green line). The restaurant is located just in-between the stations Rådmansgatan and Odenplan. Otherwise, it is a 12-15 minute taxi ride. Make sure you book your table in advance... as I mentioned, it is a relatively new and popular restaurant. Interested in more Italian cuisine? Eataly is a good choice (funnily enough, also in a former cinema) and Nostrano, right near the hotel, is a personal favorite. Click here for more of my restaurant reviews.
Pasta Delizie


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