Italissimo is the most recent addition to Riga’s Italian restaurant scene serving regional classics like oven baked pizzas, home-made pastas, risottos, lasagnas, and others. But don’t let the friendly family setup mislead you into thinking that this place is just about fruity Valpolicellas and prosecco! Italissimo’s strength is a compact, but insightful wine list designed to complement its cuisine well. We’d head straight to the cellar section to splurge on some of the reasonably priced back vintages of Italian classics, however, you could also choose a recent vintage of some of the best known Italian names, an Italian sparkler or something from Italy’s competitors – there’s a decent Champagne, Burgundy, and Spain’s section in the list too.
Our choice: 2007 Abbazzia de Novacella Lagrein (47€) to go down with a dish of Risotto with Porcinis!