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Ristorante da Nino

1-15-19 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 107-0062, Japan
+81 3-3401-9466
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Ranked #72 of 6,435 Restaurants in Minato
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Description: Antonino LentiniAmbassador of the authentic traditional Sicilian CuisineIn 2007, Nino was recognized for his achievements in Japan by the Mayor of Mazara del Vallo and was awarded with a commemorative plate, as "Ambasciatore della vera Cucina tradizionale Siciliana" (Ambassador of Authentic Traditional Sicilian Cuisine.) Born on the island of Sicily in the town of Trapani, Antonino Lentini had an interest in cooking from a young age. Gifted with both passion and natural ability, he began working at local restaurants from the age of 14. After mastering local cuisine, he then expanded his skills while working at shops specializing in a variety of things like desserts, breads, and gelato. He further polished his skills at famous hotels throughout Europe and Italy. He later came to Japan after being invited to an Italian fair, and from there became determined to contribute to the spread of Sicilian cuisine.The abundant and wonderful sun of Sicily that nourishes wheat, oranges, figs, capers, and olives, along with the land, people, and history of Sicily, have had a large impact in giving people all over the world a rich sense of taste. Nino (Antonino) became known for his skills while working in Ginza, however, his genius extended beyond this, where through the successful management of several restaurants he came to be known as an ambassador of Sicilian cuisine.In April of 2006, Nino made the most of his vast experience and opened Ristorante da Nino, a restaurant where nothing but the finest ingredients are used in making authentic Sicilian cuisine under Nino's watchful eye. In a colorful and beautiful Sicilian atmosphere, you can choose from over 200 varieties of Sicilian wine, including those which are exceedingly rare in Japan.More recently, Ristorante da Nino has garnered much attention for the way in which it is revolutionizing traditional Sicilian cuisine by aiming to shine a new kind of light on it.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Antonino LentiniAmbassador of the authentic traditional Sicilian CuisineIn 2007, Nino was recognized for his achievements in Japan by the Mayor of Mazara del Vallo and was awarded with a commemorative plate, as "Ambasciatore della vera Cucina tradizionale Siciliana" (Ambassador of Authentic Traditional Sicilian Cuisine.) Born on the island of Sicily in the town of Trapani, Antonino Lentini had an interest in cooking from a young age. Gifted with both passion and natural ability, he began working at local restaurants from the age of 14. After mastering local cuisine, he then expanded his skills while working at shops specializing in a variety of things like desserts, breads, and gelato. He further polished his skills at famous hotels throughout Europe and Italy. He later came to Japan after being invited to an Italian fair, and from there became determined to contribute to the spread of Sicilian cuisine.The abundant and wonderful sun of Sicily that nourishes wheat, oranges, figs, capers, and olives, along with the land, people, and history of Sicily, have had a large impact in giving people all over the world a rich sense of taste. Nino (Antonino) became known for his skills while working in Ginza, however, his genius extended beyond this, where through the successful management of several restaurants he came to be known as an ambassador of Sicilian cuisine.In April of 2006, Nino made the most of his vast experience and opened Ristorante da Nino, a restaurant where nothing but the finest ingredients are used in making authentic Sicilian cuisine under Nino's watchful eye. In a colorful and beautiful Sicilian atmosphere, you can choose from over 200 varieties of Sicilian wine, including those which are exceedingly rare in Japan.More recently, Ristorante da Nino has garnered much attention for the way in which it is revolutionizing traditional Sicilian cuisine by aiming to shine a new kind of light on it.
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  • English first
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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Flavours, presentation, ambience, service.... Da Nino is a model for any restaurant, every detail is treated with special care.

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Tokyo, Japan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It is all about authentic food made by danino with passion . Fresh and simple ingredients' try the pescatoro risotto, it is a dream or the lobster salad, fantastic. Location is average but food is beyond expectation

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Toronto
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

If you enjoy italian cuisine, this is a must! a bit tricky to find once you leave the subway, but we asked a passerby on the street who know the restaurant and Nino well. A local favourite. Regulars who came in didn't even glance at the menu. How delightful in a city of 35+ million to have this kind of... More

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Pleasantville, NY
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258 reviews 258 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

This place gets the basics right. Excellent ingredients, simply cooked and well presented. The tuna carpaccio appetizer was delicious, served with slices of orange, and so was my entree - two types of pasta: spaghetti in a simple tomato, basil and peppercorn sauce, and another pasta with pesto. Beautifully cooked with real flavor. No dessert or coffee on this occasion,... More

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Encinitas, CA
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115 reviews 115 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

There are many Italian restaurants in Tokyo. For example, Delizioso in Ebisu is a quite good little "trattoria". But thanks to a friend who is a high Japanese government official who had this restaurant recommended to him by people in the Italian Embassy, we discovered Da Nino. After eating here twice within a 2 week period, my wife and I... More

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Tokyo, Japan
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

The restaurant is very beautiful (something rare for non-Japanese restaurants in Tokyo), food is very good, service is also good (as it so often is in Japan). Price is fair for the quality delivered however beware of ordering any extra item without checking its price first.

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san diego, California, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

We discovered this small place when we were lost actually. In the first place we only decided to stop by and grab meal quick before continuing, but it turned out to be a real feast for both of us! The pasta was amazing, salad was great also and the bread, oh the bread was so so delicious! We were told... More

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Santa Barbara
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Nino has so much passion, so much technical capability. His authentic dishes are amazing. Great atmosphere. All of my Italian friends (who are almost all serious foodies) rate this place top 2 or 3 in Tokyo. Nice southern italy wine list and reasonably priced.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011 via mobile

Fish that was drowned in a tasteless tomato sauce, pasta that was dry and way short of being Al Dente, bread that was only brought table midway through dinner and dessert that was farcical. About the only good thing was the sardine - singular - (juicey, flavoirful and well prepared!) was that which wasn't cooked...the carpaccio of swordfish, the cheese... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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116 reviews 116 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

The restaurant is relatively smal, but has a cosy elegance, which makes it a favourite among socialites and glitterati. There is also a separate VIP room, for important meetings. The wine selection is especially impressive. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, this is the place you want to go. Nino is also an expert sicilian ice-cream expert,... More

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