Styled after an old farmhouse, this restaurant on East 10th Street sports a wood-framed exterior with a green awning, providing a rather subtle introduction to what regulars have identified as one of the East Village's dining standards. Inside, sconces softly illuminate the textured walls, wooden ceiling beams, tile floor, and tables simply appointed with fresh-cut flowers. On the scene since 1983, Il Cantinori specializes in authentic, seasonal Tuscan cuisine, with specialties ranging from veal chops stuffed with prosciutto and sage to Tuscan pot roast with polenta. Outdoor seating along the tree-lined sidewalk is available when the weather cooperates.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.