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KYOTO, JAPAN, November 1, 2016: The city of Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1200 years and home to the kitchen of the Imperial Court. Japan’s leading nobles inherited a multitude of refined cuisines, including specialties unique to Kyoto such as elegant Kyo-kaiseki-ryori, vegetarian-friendly Shojin-ryori, and Obanzai for everyday dining.

Kyoto was also the very first place in Japan to introduce traditional Italian cuisine to the Japanese people. Reflecting the city’s unique culinary heritage, in addition to classic Kyoto-style Japanese cuisine, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto offers guests and visitors a true taste of Italy in the heart of Kyoto. The main chef at our Italian restaurant La Locanda, has brought contemporary Italian cuisine to Japan and married it with the very finest local Japanese ingredients, allowing guests to enjoy classic Italian cooking with a contemporary twist, served in an atmospheric dining space.

La Locanda boasts several private dining rooms to cater to guests` needs. 

Ebisugwa-tei Goten-no-ma:
Constructed in 1908, this elegant room has been painstakingly restored and repurposed as a unique dining space, where private groups can enjoy Italian cuisine in a traditional Japanese setting. The astonishing view of the Japanese karesansui garden complete with lanterns is a unique feature of this private dining room.

Accommodates up to 8 guests
Private room charge: JPY 50,000

Ebisugawa-tei Chidori-no-ma:
Dine in the impeccably-designed Ebisugawa-tei Chidori-no-ma, a classic modernist take on a traditional tatami mat dining space, with low wooden chairs, sliding paper screens and bold glass lighting. Savor a world-class Italian meal while enjoying a unique ambiance that will make you feel as if you have traveled back in time to ancient Imperial Kyoto. 

Accommodates up to 6 guests.
Private room charge: JPY 30,000

La Locanda also offers classes on seasonal cheeses from Italy, which is the birthplace of European cheese. In the Italian cheese classes, guests will learn to compare the flavors and charms of three different types of cheese from the northern, central and southern regions of Italy, as well as learn about three other types of European cheese. As this will be a hands-on lesson, guests will have a chance to touch the cheese and experience arranging and serving it for themselves.

Winter Italian Cheese Lesson at La Locanda
Next class date: January 28th, 2017.
The theme for winter is soft, wash, and blue cheeses from Piedmont and Lombardia.

Piedmont is well known as the dairy and livestock agriculture with the cold climate. There are 10 kinds of DOP and 9 of them are cheeses. It shows the Piedmont cheeses are very high quality and important for the local cuisine.

At Lombardia , it is very cold and they use a lot of butter and cheese for cooking . As the dairy and livestock agriculture are also popular in Lombardia, there are lots of dairy products and the quality is very high. Gorgonzola, blue cheese and Taleggio, soft and washed-lind are famous.