Cantinetta Antinori is the place to go for some exceptional Italian cuisine. From the outside, it is surrounded by the usual bank of Mercedes and their chauffeurs that encircles any Novikov restaurant – but this restaurant is far from usual.
rnJust off Stary Arbat, in an old Russian house, with shelves of jars of pickled vegetables and fruit, row upon row of wine bottles, dark wooden beams, a terracotta floor and an open kitchen, Enrico Nappini has created a solid Tuscan family atmosphere, which is relaxed and informal.
rnThe Italian cuisine, by Marco Zampieri, is out of this world and made with only the best, imported ingredients; it should be enjoyed with a bottle from the Tuscan and Umbrian wine empire ‘Antinori’ cellar, chosen with the help of the sommelier.
rnYou will not want to leave this comfortable atmosphere – all credit to the maitre d’, Domenico Anaclerio. This will not be a cheap meal, but it’s worth every rouble and you will need to make a reservation.