The chef magically combines
both Italian passion and soul,
To produce a veritable feast of
Italian wine and cuisine
On a quiet street far from the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku stands Osteria Vincero, an Italian restaurant that has been known as a destination for lovers of la cucina italiana ever since it opened.
With a little terrace outside and main dining space elegantly wrapped in a curving window, a dinner here creates an atmosphere reminiscent of an overseas ristorante.
The restaurant has captured the hearts of connoisseurs after a taste of Italia, and one reason for that is the true love and deep understanding of Italian food culture held by its chef - Katsuhide Saito.
Saito studied in Italy, expanding his culinary horizons and cultivating a network of contacts at wineries and farms. That network came in useful when he founded a wine and food import company in Japan after returning.
That company became the foundation of the restaurant, which serves rich, flavourful dishes that touch the hearts of all who taste them.
The restaurant offers course-based meals only and content changes seasonally, but dishes are based upon the local cuisine of Lecce, a city in Southern Italy's Apulia region. Since the first time he visited Lecce, Saito has been in love with the local character and food, and he visits a number of times each year.
The flavours are representative of the freewheeling nature of Italy's south, and they are reproduced perfectly in the kitchen at Osteria Vincero.
Saito says that he aims to create the perfect marriage between wine and cuisine when he cooks. At the heart of that are the 800 types of wine his own company has imported, with each and every dish being paired with the perfect glass of wine.
The combination of Lecce dishes and wine seems to bring with it the salty tang of the breeze coming off the sea in Southern Italy.