Facing the famous De L’Europe hotel, Incanto is an Italian restaurant that opens for lunch and dinner. Located on the first floor with a view of the canal and busy streets, the restaurant proposes a romantic and classy setup with nine windows to discover the surroundings. White tablecloth, a wooden floor, a bar and a dining table, the restaurant feels French with Italian Influences. I loved the upper area where a group of eight can dine privately.
Three forks and three knives, large wine glasses, a bottle of olive oil, glasses for water and grey chairs facing an extended bench. Roaming around, an Italian waitress loudly sings the specialties of the day; She manages to take the orders, serve the tables, pour the wine and describes the plates.
Lunch started with a crunchy potato croquette on a bed of tomato sauce. I loved its taste and kick of salt. With that, a basket of bread served warm and fresh with crunchy borders. White, orange and yellow, three colors and three different flavors.
Never imagined having a Tuna Tataki, Italian style. A tuna filet, aller-retour, lightly cooked and served next to a sauce of parsley, olives, and tomatoes. Beautifully presented, the plate looks like a masterpiece. On a plate half decorated, it shows the importance of simplicity. A juicy tuna with a hint of lemon, fresh sauces served in drops and a side crumble of cheese for the crunch. “Great work chef.”
Asparagus risotto mixed with cream and decorated with parmesan sheets and aromatized with truffles. A delicate risotto is a sensorial experience from start to finish. Well cooked, the rice is al-dente, the cream has a light feeling to it, and the flavors are intense and pronounced. A yummy plate.
OMG, the pappardelle is outstandingly great! It’s not only their taste but their smell, their presentation and cooking level. I loved the meat, the quality cooked al-dente and the intensity of the sauce.
And when I thought lunch was over, desserts arrived! Edible paintings, hand painted by a passionate chef who knows what cooking is all about. 10/10 chef for such a memorable experience. I left amazed...
Recommended and must try when you visit Amsterdam.