La Cantina

La Cantina (Strasbourg)

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Passionate about natural wines and good Italian products, the Alsace-born Cyril Woberschar and Piedmont-native Andrea Passonne (who already own the wine-focused Italian restaurant In Vino Veritas) doubled down in 2018 with this trattoria/pizzeria that looks like a winstub (a half-timbered facade, stone walls, big wooden rafters). But they go all out on the transalpine menu: runny stracciatella topped with shaved truffle and crushed Piedmont hazelnuts; excellent caponata combining eggplant, peppers, zucchini, orange, capers and grapes; a massive vitello tonnato with slices of thinly-cut medium-rare veal, a tuna and caper sauce and Parmesan aged for 24 months (€31 though, but big enough to feed two!); impeccable maccheroni (durum wheat pasta) with tomato and buffalo mozzarella sauce; and plumped up pizzas, like the incredible Pepecetta (ricotta, Lampong pepper, smoked pancetta and Parmesan) or the Tartufo di Bossolasco (fresh truffles, fleur de sel and olive oil). And to finish, sgroppino, a refreshing lemon sorbet with basil, prosecco and vodka, or a classic raspberry panna cotta. // Gwen Jacquère 

FEELING THIRSTY? : Organic Perle beer (€4.90 for 250 ml), Alsatian Elsass cola (€4.50 for 330 ml), natural Italian wines featuring both affordable options (a white by Valentina Passalacqua in Puglia at €4.90 a glass, a nero-d’avola from Feudo Arancio at €6.20), and pricier classics (Opera Prima 2015, a powerful barolo from the legendary Cantina Roagna at €145, Sgarzon 2011 from Foradori at €105) and Moxka espresso (€2.90). 
PRICE: : Pizzas €16.90 to €39, dish of the day €16.90 (weekday lunch), à la carte €48-84, kids’ pasta dishes €10-14. 

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