Cantina, a restaurant with an Italian influence has opened in Ventnor seafront. The meals are freshly produced and are reasonably priced. You also get a free Prosecco glass n arrival. It is open daily for lunch and dinner.
For the frequent visitors to Ventnor and those who are keen on fine dining, they will know that this place is becoming a favourite for foodies on the Isle of Wight.
You will find high end restaurants as well as middle range and reasonably priced restaurants and cafes and Cantina has added on to the list.
Cantina is located on the Western end of the esplanade where the Marino (Chiaro) restaurant was previously located. The menu has an Italian influence, with Klause Kuhnke a successful chef being the man behind it all. He is also responsible for Artisan foods and the German Deliat Borough market. He got into business with Andre Hennig who is currently the manager at Cantina.
Klaus says that Cantina will be making Artisan breads from their kitchen and local produce will mostly feature in their menu as much as possible. An example of this is “tomato stalls” is the source of all tomatoes being eaten in the restaurant.
Because of his exposure and network especially in the Borough market, Klaus has access to various suppliers of specialty foods.
There is a day menu which opens at 12 noon till 3pm. The meals served at this time if freshly produced and the prices are reasonable. Featured in the menu are sandwiches, pizza as well as main dishes like chorizo served with seafood stew.
You can also indulge in white asparagus served with roast tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and walnut pesto. The day menu also includes pasta served with porcini leeks and cream.
From 6pm till 10pm, the evening menu is served, though with a small serving. However, the items of the menu have more options, ranging from Italian sausages with caramelized onions and rosemary potatoes. There are also plenty of fresh pasta dishes, especially because the restaurant has an Italian influence.
You can also have pizza made with beef tomatoes , smoked ham and Tallegio, which is an Italian cheese.
Chocolate Nemesis are served in the evening menu. We highly recommend this dessert that is served with strawberries , raspberries and cream.
The Island Wine Co Ltd supply Cantina with fine wine. There are also cocktails like Negroni Spumante, Venice via Dubline mule, Aperol Spritz and Bicicletta.
The diners are greeted with a warm friendly smile and are welcomed with a free glass of Prosecco.
Modes of payment acceptable at the restaurant are cash as well as debit/credit cards.
Cantina is open seven days a week. The specific hours for dining are 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm daily.