Riccardo Giraudi may have just opened Cantinetta Antinori, at 11 avenue Princesse Grace, but the history of the Italian restaurant dates back to 1957, in Florence, with the original establishment in the Palazzo Antinori, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture of the mid-fifteenth century.
Cantinetta Antinori is a concept by the Florentine family dedicated to wine production for 600 years and over 26 generations. Today, Cantinetta Antinori is a renowned address for Tuscan gastronomy in European cities like Zurich, Vienna and Moscow, where the philosophy of the Antinori family – respect for traditions, territory and the countryside – is translated into quality, simplicity and flavours of pure Tuscan cuisine.
In Monaco, Cantinetta Antinori, open from 7 am to 10:30 pm, will serve breakfast (poached organic eggs with smoked salmon and avocado or a cinnamon muesli burger), lunch – three set menus from €24 to €29, with a glass of Marchesi Antinori wine – and for dinner pappardelle with Tuscan beef stew or beef fillet tagliata and potatoes with rosemary.
While there were many grumbles along the Avenue with the closing of Bouchon, equally a hotspot for gossipers and a notable French bistro, Riccardo Giraudi does not disappoint. His first eatery in Monaco BeefBar – the first restaurant in Europe to import American organic beef – opened in 2005 and then in 2009, he founded Monaco Restaurant Group, which owns almost 10 restaurants in the Principality and many abroad.
Article first published January 10, 2017.