La Cucina Di Daniele
This superb Italian restaurant is located above Ftelia Beach in Ano Mera and has been lauded by Dimitris Roussounellos, Mykonos's leading gourmand, for its fine menu and superior service. Italian chef Daniele Chiantini is in charge and has gained quite a reputation for his combination menus consisting of Mediterranean and Italian cuisines.
The restaurant offers an extensive selection (about 320 labels!) of Italian Greek and American wines, and Daniele himself selects and imports many of the special products used in his special recipes. He is equally meticulous when it comes to choosing the seasonal products and locally grown stuff which he combines with a skill of a master craftsman to create some of the finest dishes which stand out for their richness and flavor. The emphasis is on simplicity, and each dish is a delicate balance of three to four ingredients, each retaining its distinct flavor without cluttering the taste buds.
Italian delicacies with a Mykonian twist of local cheese, herbs and vegetables are his style. Among the La Cucina's signature dishes, the ones that vie for attention are the carpaccio di zucchini with basil ricotta topping; octopus marinated in champagne vinaigrette dressing; stuffed rabbit served with spinach tagliatelle and foie gras, as well as lobster risotto, served in its own copper pot. The cod variations are amazing, as also are the varieties of homemade pasta "al dente". Exotic desserts, such as the truffles served with beer that tastes exactly the same as homemade stuff, rounds off the meal at La Cucina. The elegant restaurant is done up in cheerful color schemes and it is considered upscale. The restaurant is open March to October.