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“May be the best Italian restaurant in Tokyo!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante da Nino

Ristorante da Nino
1-15-19 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 107-0062, Japan
+81 3-3401-9466
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Ranked #63 of 6,476 Restaurants in Minato
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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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“May be the best Italian restaurant in Tokyo!”
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 concluded it may very well be the best Italian restaurant in Tokyo. It's small, on a side street off Gaienhigashi-doori in Nogizaka. just a short walk up from the great "Midtown" shopping complex in Roppongi. The food is superb, Sicilian style and the chef is Sicilian. The Bufala mozzarella was the freshest, sweetest and best I've ever tasted; the pasta unusual and wonderful. To keep costs down, as anyone who knows Tokyo is aware, you go at lunch for your big meal and have the 3 course fixed price menu (around 3-3500 Yen or $35-40 apiece). Going at dinner will cost you at least double. It's a small restaurant so make reservations if you can. It was always filled at lunchtime both times we went.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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Tokyo, Japan
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“Good lunch”
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.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“miss it and you’ll regret it!”
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 by a server that all ingredients are daily purchases so they are very fresh.
We loved it so much that we came back twice! You must try to believe.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“One of the Best Italian Spots in Asia”
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.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“How could this possibly pass for Sicilian!”
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 and the wine!
Not my idea of being a standard bearer of simple, tasty, unguarded Sicilian!
Lots better choice in Tokyo...!

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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