The menu covers the length of Italy, from Sicily up to the Alps, including a number of regional specialties that are still little known here, such as piadina, the distinctive, chapati-thin flatbreads made in Ravenna and the Romagna region.

Amano's cuisine covers the gamut of Italian styles, from hearty northern goulash-style stews to Sicilian- influenced smoked swordfish. Don't come looking for full-bodied, rib-sticking trattoria cooking, either. His food has a delicacy, clarity of flavor and attention to detail that would not be out ...

All the dishes are available a la carte, meaning you can eat whatever you feel like; you can share dishes; you can even specify how much (or little) pasta you want to eat. Think of it as a very glorified wine bar -- albeit ...

Pasta is one of Koike's specialties. Every day, there's a choice of 12 different kinds, all made in house and each served with its own distinctive regional sauce. Some are simple and light, others chunky and rustic, and two or three will be exotic ...

At dinner, Watanabe offers a considerable a la carte menu that focuses strongly on fresh local seafood, sourced directly from the fishing port of Sajima just down the coast, as well as Hayama-gyu, a signature breed of beef reared in the nearby hills. He ...

The menu is a mix of Japanese and Western. There's a small array of obanzai (prepared side dishes) on the counter. Vegetables, fish or meat are cooked over a charcoal grill. Daily specials are chalked on the wall by the door, and you can ...

Much more than the bar snacks implied in its name, Grill Bar turns out an extensive range of food good enough to match any bistro in town. There are four chefs (versus just one sommelier and one waiter) and it's clear they're not a ...

Inside and out, they've created a rustic retreat in the heart of the city. Cucina Tredici Aprile is simple and casual, but it's a proper little restaurant (and certainly not a trattoria). Hidaka spent a year in Sicily, and the Mediterranean influences are strong, ...

At the far end of the street, Meri Principessa offers budget Italian drinks and snacks in its ground-floor standing bar (currently nicely open-fronted), with seats for 26 in the compact basement. Its diminutive wood-fired oven produces highly acceptable pizzas from as little as ¥500 ...

Trattoria della Lanterna Magica is the quintessential Tokyo neighborhood trattoria. Not just because it is always bustling and friendly, serves excellent, unpretentious cucina and does so at prices that are always affordable, but because it is far enough from the beaten track that it ...

The starting point for the menu is Italian, anchored by a strong selection of gnocchi, risotto and handmade pasta. But there are plenty of other influences at play here, both Western and Japanese. Throughout, the cooking is light and attractive, with an emphasis on ...

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