Le Cantina Isola
Don’t let the unprepossessing storefront fool you; if you like wine, you’ll love Le Cantine Isola. The shelves here are as laden with bottles as the staff are with knowledge. The staff are able to provide any and all assistance you might need, whether that’s help picking out a bottle if you’re a novice, or help finding a particular one from the many bottles in stock for a well-seasoned oenophile. At a moment’s notice, the person helping you might ascend the rickety wooden ladder to the upper shelves or disappear into the back to find what you seek.
Around for so long, Le Cantine Isola is practically part of the fabric of the neighbourhood. And not just for the stellar bottles on sale; this wine bar and shop is the place for aperitivo. Served nightly, this is a much-loved ritual for locals, allowing them to enjoy a glass of great wine, the odd slice of salami or bruschetta, and the friendly, laidback ambience in good company. You’ll most likely be in close company as well – both the al fresco and indoor spaces are bijou. But that just adds to the experience.
You’ll find Italian and French wines well-represented in Le Cantine Isola’s well-curated collection, as well as delicious vintages from further afield. You might well make a delicious discovery or two during your visit here, not to mention adding Le Cantine Isola to your list of places to head back to – probably for the next night’s aperitivo.