Hidden in a small atmospheric alley, you can find one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Kyoto, Vinaino Kyoto
Kyoto is a city of traditional Japanese cuisine, but if you look carefully into the small alleys, you may be pleasantly surprised. Yanagi Koji is one of these atmospheric little alleys, and on this alley, you can find this little Italian restaurant, Vinaino Kyoto. In the first floor they have the kitchen and a bar counter, and on the second floor, they have tables and seats for around ten people. Here you can have a taste of Italy, and especially the region of Tuscany, without having to fly to Italy; their appetizers, handmade pasta, and carefully chosen wines are all both delicious and authentic. As the chef of this restaurant is Italian, you can be sure that the atmosphere at the restaurant is always friendly and passionate. When you get to taste the dishes here, I’m sure you’ll just have to scream “Bravo!”
Ravioli ricotta e spicaci al burro e salvia
Ravioli ricotta e spicaci al burro e salvia / ¥1,200 (Including tax)
A great amount of work and love goes into making these delicious spinach-filled ravioli. They’re in a butter sauce spices with salvia, which makes the taste even richer.
Coccoli with stracchino and prosciutto crudo
Coccoli with stracchino and prosciutto crudo / ¥950 (Including tax)
The deep-fried handmade bread is delicious and has a nice chewiness to it, but it really comes alive when you add both cheese and prosciutto to it. This dish is a classic appetizer in Florence, but it is something that I hope will catch on in Kyoto too.
Mixed crostini for 2
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Mixed crostini for 2 / ¥1,100 (including tax)
You have toasted French bread topped with all kinds of delicious things here; though which delicious toppings you get change daily. This time we got tomato and basil; tuna and onion, and a very special topping, truffle-butter topped with a mushroom-mascarpone mix. This dish goes incredibly well with a glass of red!
Daily champagne and wines
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Daily champagne and wines / ¥700 and up (including tax)
This restaurant is proud of their great selection of champagne and wines, many of them from Italy, and especially from the Tuscany region. Italian food goes well with wine, but especially well with Italian wines, so remember to order a glass!
How to Order

Vinaino menu

The restaurant’s menu is both in English and Italian, so you shouldn’t have any trouble ordering. Their desserts are also very good!

- Order Tips -

The restaurant is sometimes open longer than expected. And I really want to recommend the bar counter on the first floor for a drink! 

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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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I liked their coccoli the best! The deep-fried bread left a lasting impression with its chewiness, and although it was deep-fried, it wasn’t greasy at all. This dish is so authentic, the prosciutto and stracchino cheese go so well with the bread. Everyone at this restaurant is very passionate about their craft, so I’m already thinking of my next visit to Vinaino Kyoto!
4.0 food4.5 service4.0 atmosphere3.5
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
4.0 food4.5 service4.0 atmosphere3.5
Vinaino Kyoto
Category Italian
Phone +81 75-286-3180
Address 577-14 Nakano-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 3-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station or a 7-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station.
Open Hours 12 noon-11 p.m. *The restaurant is closed from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on some days.
Reservations Accepted.
Closed Mondays and the 4th Tuesday of the month.
Price range
Credit cards Accepted.
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The Italian chefs of Vinaino Kyoto are passionate about their work, and you can taste that in their dishes. So if you want to have some Italian in Kyoto, remember to keep Vinaino among your choices!
Menu Japanese, English, and Italian.
Lanuages spoken English and Italian, some French too.
Number of seats First floor: bar counter. Second floor: seating for 10 people.
Private dining rooms No.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking
URL1 https://www.vinaino.com/
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