Sake in Japan isn’t just a liquor to drink. It’s a phylosophy extremely rooted inside the japanese society. Drinking concept in Japan has a very big and important role. When you go out with friends, when you party together, when you eat your meal and even when you go to sing and have fun at the karaoke! Not a big news in all theese information. Just like we do in Florence! Although in Japan you always drink sake , during business meetings, or during traditional holidays and festivities. Each holiday has it’s own special and specific sake, to be drank along with food or even to be savoured on its own. Drinking this liquor while you are admiring a snowy landscape is considered a very elegant and exquisite tradition that has ancient origins that date back to the tenth century. Enourmosly important in the business world, in the daily life of people and mostly in the spiritual sphere. People commonly think in fact that the first day of the year drinking sake can help in keeping away threats and cleansing the body from all kinds of impurity.
In western culture, we call sake the “liquor” that is served in Japanese restaurants or taverns. This term actually, litterally translated from japanese language has the meaning of “alcoholic drink”.So with this word we refer to a generic alcoholic liquid with no distinction in between the different kinds. Japanese people call this specific drink “nihonshu“. Nihonshu drink is not a spirit. It’s a japanese liquor or “rice wine”, obtained by the fermentation of rice and koji. It’s alcohol content stays in between 12 and 16 %. Just like for the wine, the shades of this liquor can be very different and special. Different sake qualities can depend a lot on the processing and refining of the rice involved, and it can be drank both hot or cold.
We want to make you feel the real core of Japan trough our cuisine and our passion for simplicity and essential elements. We offer you a big selection of sake, wine, beer and shochu, for you to drink together with delicious dishes from the homemade japanese cuisine. Nothing makes sushi stand out as much as a good glass of nihonshu! Our experienced chef Ryusuke Ota can’t wait to make you taste his creations. We just use high quality products and most of all seasonal. Izakaya Il Cuore isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a warranty.