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where to find the best italian food outside Italy

Musician’s tip in Tokyo

Probably the best way to find the top Italian restaurants is to ask fellow musicians; in this case, the solo viola of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, who played for years in Florence's Maggio Musicale.

For a lighter meal, casual, but full of Italian flair and fun, try Elio Locanda Italiana. This is not only authentic Italian food, but also Italian public. Like finding the best Japanese by seeing where the Japanese eat, this is where the local Italians (and celebrities) like to spend the evening. Try the tangy capanata melanzane, the perfectly spicy penne al'arrabiata, a tender filetto di manzo con pepe verde, and naturally, a bottle of '01 Amarone Costasera. Finally chunks of parmesan and a 25 year old Balsamico to dip. The tummy felt great, the tongue was happy, but the soul was even more inspired after so much good laughter and good cheer. A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou......

Elio Locanda Italiana
Hanzōmon House 203
Kōjimachi 2-5-2
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0083

Tel: 03-3239-6771
Fax: 03-5210-5702