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
/ ￥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
/ ￥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
/ ￥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
/ ￥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!