Italian restaurant ‘Trattoria Vesuvio’ opens in Kagoshima; lasagna restaurant revamped

PUBLISHED May 16, 2023

Exterior view of Trattoria Vesuvio

On April 24, the Italian restaurant Trattoria Vesuvio (Phone: 070-3338-4582) opened near Chuo Station in Kagoshima City. Kagoshima-based company Mulberry manages the business.

The restaurant opened last November as Vesuvio Bianco, specializing in lasagna and open only during lunch hours, but has now been renamed “Trattoria,” offering Italian-home-style cuisine, including dinner courses. It seats five at the counter, ten at the tables, and has one private room with one table for four.

The chef is Keisuke Hiranuma from Tokyo, with 13 years of experience as an Italian chef. Hiranuma learned cooking in Italy and trained at an Italian restaurant in Tokyo.

Dinner courses include Pasta Course (2,200 yen), with an appetizer, hot side dish, pasta, and dessert, and Main Course (3,800 yen), with an additional fish or meat dish. The a la carte menu includes an assortment of appetizers (1,890 yen for two guests), fresh fish carpaccio (1,380 yen), acqua pazza and other fish dishes (from 2,000 yen), char-grilled meat dishes (from 2,200 yen), and others prepared with seasonal ingredients. Hiranuma recommends the Lampredotto (1,100 yen), stewed cow’s abomasum, spinach, and tomatoes, which he says is “a unique dish rarely seen even in Tokyo.”

From June 2 to 4, the restaurant will hold a “Special Dinner & Wine Pairing” event. To mark Italian Wine Day on June 2, a paired wine will be served with each course. The fee is 6,000 yen, and reservations are required. Each session is limited to 18 people.

Hiranuma added, “I hope this will be a place where people can form stronger bonds while savoring Italian cuisine.” After the last order, Hiranuma will appear in the restaurant to greet customers.

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Closed on Tuesdays.

  • Inside Trattoria Vesuvio

  • Example of appetizers at Trattoria Vesuvio

  • Example of meat dish at Trattoria Vesuvio

  • Example of fish dish at Trattoria Vesuvio

  • A selection of wine at Trattoria Vesuvio