Antonio and Marion Cavaliere’s well-known Italian restaurant is in a semi-basement in the impressive terrace opposite Kilkenny Castle. It is Kilkenny's longest established restaurant and the closely packed tables are an indication of its enduring popularity, with the main room quickly filling up at busy times.
It's an atmospheric and well appointed restaurant, with Murano glass from Venice a highlight of the elegant interior.
Rinuccini is home to one of Ireland's best Italian wine lists, and diners are welcome to browse their custom built wine cellar, which is also visible through windows in the floor on the newer upstairs seating level.
Antonio was well ahead of the curve when it comes to 'local and seasonal' and, while his cooking style is mainly classic Italian, it has earned recognition as much for the attention paid to ingredients as the style of cuisine. Producers and suppliers of the carefully sourced local ingredients are proudly credited and they bring back their own cheeses, olive oils and wines from their home town in Lazio. Antonio offers quite an extensive à la carte evening menu, also a set early dinner menu and a shorter one available as an option at lunchtime.
Luxurious house specialities include Gamberoni Rinuccini (fresh Kilmore Quay prawns, served out of their shells, in a cream sauce with a touch of Dijon mustard and brandy...) The consistently high standard of cooking applies to everything from the simplest soup to the grandest speciality dish: excellent minestrone, a superb plate of house antipasti, delicious seafood and memorable handmade pasta dishes are all skilfully cooked and stylishly presented.
Marion supervises front of house with warmth and the service at this popular Kilkenny restaurants generally prompt and hospitable- this, together with terrific food and and outstanding value for money, ensure there is always a buzz.
Rinuccini celebrates 25 years in business in 2015 and it continues to be very much a family affair with Antonio and Marian's son Riccardo now also involved, managing the business.