Meet Medellin’s Best Italian Restaurant: Abbiocco by Carmen

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An Italian restaurant that’s putting a sophisticated sheen on the restaurant scene in Parque Lleras.

Influential, epicurean couple, Carmen Angel and Rob Pevetts, have added a subtle Colombian twist to an Italian theme to create a sophisticated pasta parlor in Medellin. 

Found on the ground floor and the deluxe lobby of the hotel,  this culinary coliseo is the latest accomplished venture by the same team that re-invented Medellin’s restaurant scene with their game-changing,  fine-dining venues, Carmen, Moshi and Don Diablo.   

Celebrating the traditional Italian slow food philosophy of eating seasonally and supporting local farmers and producers, the duo have brought a tasteful touch to the Marquee, the luxury Poblado hotel that’s given a much-needed facelift to Parque Lleras.

Just please don’t ask for pizza (there’s plenty of places to go if you’re looking for a slice of pepperoni), this is an altogether much more refined Italian dining experience with a menu that’s been tightly curated to allow Abbiocco by Carmen to stick close to home when it comes to sourcing most of its ingredients.  

Split into four delicious sections – l giardino, di mare, di terra and il doce – and married to a healthy mix of signature cocktails that will have you gesticulating like a Romano by cocktail #3, the culinary team has crafted some delightful dishes for lovers of Italian cuisine. 

Sourcing organic ingredients from Carmen’s little black book of the most regenerative farmers, responsible fisherman and talented artisans in Colombia, there’s grass fed beef from the city’s best steakhouse, Don Diablo, organic mushrooms, tomatoes and asparagus from producers in Santa Elena, fresh fish and lobster caught responsibly in the Pacific and Caribbean and homemade pasta produced in Barrio Manila.  

It’s tempting to eat your way through the entire menu and induce Abbiocco,  that sated feeling you get after a top Italian meal, but if you’re planning on making it out to the bars of Provenza or the hotel’s underground club or rooftop bar, after dinner you might want to stick to the highlights of the well-worked menu. 

Standout dishes include the oven-roasted asparagus, topped off with 48-month Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and a splash of mandarin lime followed by the pasta la marea, with Caribbean lobster, mussels and shellfish in a white wine sauce. Carnivores will be blown away by the Porcheta, a crispy coil of slow-cooked pork belly with organic Colombian parsnips soaked in fermented local garlic honey and served with a citrus and oregano salad.  

If you do put your pedal to the metal and work your way through the optics you might want to make sure you’re booked into the hotel to be able to get horizontal in style when Abbiocco kicks in. It’s worth staying at the hotel to savor the restaurant’s avocado toasts and Carmen’s homemade granola with tropical Colombian fruits and organic yoghurt. All accompanied, of course, by a Colombian coffee brewed to perfection by a barista trained with a black belt in making the perfect espresso.

Check out the Menu

What to Order: 

Starter:
Calzone al Funghi – mixed mushroom from Santa Elena, roasted organic tomatoes, Pecorino Romano, oregano and basil.

Main:
Pez Bianco – a poached fish of the day, Pecorino Romano nut crust, leek risotto with a light, ocean broth

Dessert:
Spumoni – local 70% cacao chocolate, pistachio and Caribbean palm berry ice creams

To Drink:
Cacao Spritz – prosecco, sugar cane viche from Don Onésimo infused with coconut and coastal palm berries with Aperol infused with cacao nibs and bitters rosso

Opening Hours:
Mon – Sun: 8:00am-10:00pm

Contact & Address:
T. +57 323 359 4562
IG: @AbbioccoMedellin
Cra. 38 #9A-13, Poblado, Medellín

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