Antica Locanda is an exceptional Italian restaurant located on York’s most famous medieval street. Upon being seated in the candelit, wooden-floored dining room, the first thing you’ll notice is the wonderful all-Italian wine list. The second will be the vibrant specials boards, with an emphasis on fish and pasta. And then there is the menu itself, which is rich and complete with Italian classics created using produce directly imported from Italy. I opted for the flavoursome branzino alla barese – oven-baked sea bass with cherry tomatoes, garlic and prawns and served on a bed of fresh spinach. My partner’s lobster ravioli was mouth-wateringly good, while extras of bruschetta with delicious, bittersweet tomatoes, huge black olives and seared breads were also brought from the kitchen and were much-appreciated treats. This is clearly a restaurant that is serious about magnificent, authentic Italian food.