With a 20-seat communal table, IL DESCO founders Jacques Klempf, Fraser Burns and Mark Frisch have successfully brought modern Italian cuisine served in a convivial atmosphere to Jacksonville.
“We wanted to offer exceptional, contemporary cuisine in a setting similar to the way in which Italian families share meals and conversation around the dinner table in Italy,” explains Burns.
After a year of tasting Italian cuisine around the globe, the three partners discovered they had one goal in common: to offer Jacksonville the modern Italian fare it was lacking with quality ingredients traditionally only available in Italy.
A selection of pastas are made in house each day then blended with robust flavors to ensure each plate is fresh and flavorful. Simple ingredients shine in dishes like the Spaghettini Arribiata, served with house-made tomato sauce, red chili, shaved Parmiggiano-Reggiano and fresh basil, and Linguine & Clams, with garlic, white wine, chili flakes and littleneck clams.
Two wood burning brick ovens create the perfectly made neopolitan style pizzas along with inventive, signature fish and meat dishes.
The popular raw bar is packed with oysters, clams, octopus, locally caught fish or whatever is fresh from the sea on any particular day.