Il Cantuccio in Santorini
Il Cantuccio in Firostefani is one of the most famous Italian restaurants in Santorini. This tiny restaurant is housed in a warm and inviting place with vaulted ceiling. The restaurant has a lovely terrace located right below the two windmills and it is swamped with people, especially in high season. There are no caldera views from Il Cantuccio, but the quality of food more than makes up for the deficiency. The owner and head chef Giuseppe, who hails from Sicily, arrived in Santorini on a vacation many years ago, fell in love with the island and decided to settle in Firostefani and open an Italian restaurant there.
The pizza at Il Cantuccio is handmade and along with thin-dough pizza is on the menu every day. Some of the most popular dishes are the risotto with seafood, the agnolotti with zucchinis, ravioli with spinach and manouri white cheese. Then there are also the gnocchi, which are tasty dumplings made of flour or potatoes and served with mozzarella, tomato and basil, and the penne alla norma with eggplants. The traditional lasagne and the seafood or lobster spaghetti are also some of the highlights in the menu. There are plenty of options for the veggies, too. Besides the local white wines, the wine list includes Italian whites, such as the dry Soave and other popular names. The restaurant is easy to spot and usually gets crowded.