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Sant Antonino: I Scalini

Phone: 04 95 47 12 92

Reviewed by: Doug Phillips from Canada, review #3973

When: 2012

A highlight of our time on Corsica!

Directions: On the upper level of Sant Antonino

In the background is the view from our table at I Scalini, photo by Doug Phillips

Sant'Antonino is a small village perched atop a large rock outcropping in the Balange region of Corsica, inland and up a winding road about midway between L'Ile Rousse and Calvi. Until about 20 years ago the only way up the outcropping was on foot or a donkey ride. However, now cars & buses can drive to the base of the village. Also, Sant'Antonino now appears as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, so it is a popular spot and was a "must-see" on our time in the area. The views are unforgettable and well-worth the effort of getting there.

An unexpected bonus was our decision to pause for lunch at I Scalini, at the top level of the village. We had a light lunch - a pichet of red wine, a salad, some bruschetta and a couple of espressos. The food was good, the prices reasonable, the two guys running the place were great, the washroom was excellent and the view was spectacular. I Scalini greatly contributed to our enjoyment of Sant'Antonino.

This review isn't really about the food, but about the whole experience of being there. Let me make this very clear. If you visit Sant'Antonino, and the weather is good, stop at I Scalini. Any questions?

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