Summary: Whether you are looking to host your next family party or find yourself at the end of a frenetic shopping escapade in Knightsbridge, you should take a look at Cantinetta Teresa. A smart, tranquil atmosphere will be waiting for you downstairs. It has an extensive Italian wine selection.
Cantinetta Teresa is the new wine cellar under it’s sister venue Zia Teresa on Hans Road, a calm spot to retreat to after a hectic day.
The substantial selection of wines will contain a bottle for every occasion, where four pages of the menu are dedicated to white wines; and seven pages to red wines. This doesn’t preclude one from choosing from single glasses, beer and champagne. Wines are helpfully grouped into three sections: classics, family favourites and prestige. This huge selection is supported by some select savoury appetisers (stuzzichini) which are assured to pair well.
The house recommended a Phigaia After the Red from Serafini & Vidotto (classic), sourced from Veneto in Northern Italy. This Merlot and Cabernet blend was smooth, with a full and fruity body. It was just as lovely on its own as with nibbles, cheese or pasta.
The savoury sharing plates proved terrific companions to the Phigaia. The speck and cheddar on toasted bruschetta was delicious. A nearby guest in his 70’s couldn’t stop praising the rosemary focaccia for its flavor and lightness.
Should you require more substance, you can ask for reinforcements from Zia Teresa above. Try the truffle themed linguine and arancini. Perfect with the Phigaia and just right for winter.
In the end, you will be offered an optional espresso, which is most of all a cultural practise from Iberia, Italy and France. Don’t forget the limoncello on your way out!