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Review of Ristorante da Nino

Ristorante da Nino
Ranked #144 of 11,784 Restaurants in Minato
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
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.
Reviewed January 11, 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.

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Thank transformer15
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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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Reviewed November 17, 2011

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...!

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3  Thank TokyoMuncher
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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, so make sure you have some of the one he takes great pride in preparing himself. This is not a place for everyone.

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Thank Luigi_Fino
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

I have been living in Tokyo as an expat for 11 years.
I love good food and take time to chose the best whenever I can.
In Tokyo I eat out once a week.
I have tried ALL (almost - I tried more than 50) the Italian restaurants in Tokyo.
So you can safely say that I know what I talk about.
Here we go:
Nino is CERTAINLY amongst the TOP 3 BEST restaurants in town.
This Sicilian restaurant is a very tiny place, seats maximum 34. Tokyo's elite eat elbow to elbow. Top movie stars, the Italian Ambasador, pop music celebrities, top football players, presidents of all the fashion brands & industry tycoons... etc... yet the atmosphere is absolutely friendly: you feel like having dinner at a friend's home sorrounded by friends. NOT bling or glamourous yet elegant with rustic semplicity. Typically Italian. The kitchen is located at the centre, like an island, and Nino stand behind the counter, like an Orchestra Maestro directing a symphony of tastes! We, the audience, can enjoy the live performance of this artist.
Service is rapid, careful, friendly (mostly Italian spoken) but never intrusive or annoying.
> Now the important part of the review. The food:
The food is very italian with local ingredients. It's not a mix, mind you. Simply Nino adds his personal hand to the Italian cuisine and Japanese ingredients and you can tell a dish prepared by him amongst hundreds. Pistacho, gold leafs (yes, the real stuff, the metal) and other specialities are his signature trade marks.
He buys personally all the meat and fish, at 6 am every morning, so the menu reflects the day's purchases.
Special mention to:
1) raw tuna in pistacho & gold
2) Crab cake
3) Mozzarella (but since it flies in from Naples so it is rarely available)
4) Fish of the day Nino style
5) Lamb, horse, veal filet, or other meats as reccommended. Amazing with his sicilian sauce.
*** BEST of the BEST is the Cassata alla Siciliana!
I don't know if I can use this word on Tripadvisor... but... it's a taste orgasm!
You HAVE to try it at least once before you die!
The cheese selection is second only to the awesome top class wines (only Italian) cellar.
Always full, sometimes you need a week advance reservation. A meal will cost you about 12,000 Yen in the evening including wine & service but only about 6,000 Yen at noon. Open till late.
If you want to try something NON Japanese in Tokyo, Nino is the call!

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2  Thank Tommaso_Japan
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