Yes, Antonio is the new love of my life. I first read about Antonio in a magazine, and Antonio sounded dreamy. Fresh mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella, imported creams, the freshest ingredients, hand made, owned and operated by 3 Italian chefs! I knew I had to try it. Hubby and I decided to go for Valentine's day ( a little late because of all the puking going on in our house). We thought we were going to have to go to ChumgDam, which would have been find, but when I looked Antonio up on the internet I was pleasantly surprised to find out they have TWO locations, the second location just opened in December in ITEAWON!!! Waaaaa--whoooooo, only 10 minutes from our house!
When you leave post from the walk out gate, go to the main drag in Iteawon. Walk on the left side of the street, pass the Hard Rock, cross the little alley street (the one with Flying Pan Blue on it), staying on the main street, and you are almost there....it is right above Krazy Burger, we walked past it 3 times before we found it. I don't know about you, but I go on sign overload making it hard to find specific places, so I took a picture for you.
See, 2nd floor between the 2 green signs. You enter right behind where I am standing. The restaurnt was warm and inviting and I was going to be disappointed if I didn't like the food.
From where we sat, you could see into the kitchen where one Italian chef (he is the one in the back) was preparing our meal. From what I understand, there is always one of the three owner/chefs at each restaurant preparing meals.
When I looked at the menu I was a bit overwhelmed, it is HUGE! There is a partial menu on their website if you would like to take a peek. We started off with a very basic, salad, but one of my favorites, the Caprese salad. One bite, and I knew I was going to like this restaurant. The tomatoes were the freshest I have had in months & the buffalo mozzarella just melted in my mouth, it cost 18,000 won. For our main course we ordered two items to split. The first item was the margherita pizza at 17,000 won. This pizza was divine!! The crust was perfectly thin and crispy on the edges, soft and yummy in the middle. This was the best pizza I have had since I have been here. I would go back for this pizza alone.
The next item we ordered was the Spaghetti al Peperono Allo Scugilo...go ahead and say that 3 times fast. In translation, that is a slightly spicy dish made with a white wine sauce, fresh tomatoes & seafood! This dish was delightful and came in at 22,000 won.
After such a wonderful and authentic Italian meal, I had to ask if they had cannolis, my favorite Italian dessert. YES, they have cannolis! Just not tonight...they sold out on Valentines day and have not had time to make more. They promised to have some the next day. Even though I was disappointed, this was good news, I know they make them fresh!! So, we ordered the Tiramisu. The wonderful, melt in your mouth Tiramisu. I've never been so happy with Tiramisu in my entire life. Seriously.
If you live here, and you have been craving Italian food, RUN, don't walk to Antonio's, and while you are there please order a margherita pizza to go for me!!