Il Tinello is not the easiest restaurant to find, hidden down a tiny alley off another tiny alley but it is worth seeking out for a great meal. Inside the place is tiny with perhaps 7 tables but it is very modern and the food is delicious, imaginative and attractive. It is a pretty small outfit and they do an excellent job of producing such excellent food in those confines. You're not going to get the view you'll get from the tourist traps at the top of the cliff but you'll get a fabulous meal. Me, I like food!
The food was uniformly excellent with great, fresh ingredients. Pasta with ragu was excellent but the highlight of the meal for me was the simply grilled squid (in the picture) which was amazingly well cooked, not to mention extremely attractive to look at! Having seen a lot of the best looking food coming out of the kitchen coming off the grill, I'd recommend a main course from that part of the menu.
The wine list was short but interesting and nicely priced. As usual there was a nice collection of unusual types among the Italian standards for the adventurous.
The service was very good from the one waiter that was more than adequately handling a near full restaurant at lunchtime. She didn't speak a lot of English but was extremely patient with us as we used a lot of sign language and extremely poor Italian to ask questions about the menu. The service was also at a nicely sedate pace and after each dish the chef stepped out of the kitchen to ask our opinion - a very nice touch.
The restaurant is necessarily cosy but you don't feel cramped and the chairs are nicely comfortable. The artwork is also some of the best I've seen in a restaurant in some time.
Overall a very nice small restaurant. The food superbly fresh Italian with the most mouth watering, but simple, food coming off the grill be someone that clearly knows how to drive one! A little hard to find perhaps but worth persevering - keep looking for the sign when you're close by!
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