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“Deliciously authentic Sicilian food hidden away in the heart of Matsumoto”
Review of Cucina Masanoli

Cucina Masanoli
Ranked #92 of 1,956 Restaurants in Matsumoto
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Reviewed January 21, 2017

It takes a confident chef to have an open plan kitchen with a counter, especially in such a small restaurant. Everything must be spotless, and all of the food preparation is laid bare to critics, and with all that said it was a delight to sit at the counter and watch the chef in action.

My girlfriend and I originally chose the lunch course with a single starter, but after sampling the delicious cold starter, we asked if it would be possible to upgrade to the full lunch course so that we could have a hot starter in addition to the original pasta dish, main and dessert.

In all due honesty, the food was uniformly excellent from the home-made foccacia down to the desserts. If I had to choose highlights of the course, I would lean towards the cold starter, both of the pasta dishes and the sea bream.

Besides the great food, I should also make a note of the great service provided by Nori-san. She explained each of the dishes to us in detail as she served them, helping me out in English when my Japanese wasn't up to the task, and happily chatted with us and the other customers in the restaurant. The love that Chef Masa and Nori-san have for their restaurant, their customers and the superb food that they serve is plain to see, and that welcoming atmosphere is the icing on the cake of a wonderful dining experience.

Despite visiting Matsumoto to see its beautiful castle, the highlight of my trip was eating lunch at Cucina Masanoli, and I certainly plan a return trip to eat there once again. If you're visiting Matsumoto and fancy eating high quality food (that you would have a hard time finding even in Tokyo), then I strongly recommend eating here.

What we ate:
Home-made foccacia

Cold starter
Sweet potato gratin
Caponata (Sicilian ratatouille)
Marinated Hiratake mushroom
Roasted tuna, served on an ice plant leaf dressed with balsamic vinegar
Coppa (dry cured pork coldcut)

Hot starter
Aranchini
Fried mozzarella

Pasta
Scallops and mizuna with cream
Home-made Italian sausage arrabiata

Main
Crispy chicken, roast potatos and satoimo
Sea bream with winter vegetables

Dessert
Chocolate pudding
Mikan jelly

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Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

My wife has a strict diet and Masa and Noli made it so easy. I dont have any restrictions.

The meal was one of the best European meals we have had in five years living in Asia, worthy of a high class restaurant in Italy. Having worked in Sicily for several years, Chef Masa's experience and inspiration are clear.

Noli runs a fun, friendly and entertaining front of house. She educated us on many Japanese customs. Masa's cheeky grin as he cooked delicious meals was infectious.

The sicilian pork and roast potatoes were both amazing. The mushroom main for my wife delicious.

The deserts were both heavenly - the monte blanco particularly so. The Apple pie yummy.

Do yourself a favour and go hunt this place out. It is in the road over from Nakamachi Street/ on the water/ canal.

Enjoy!

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