Agio is located on the seventh floor (the top floor) of the Isetan department store in the Shinjuku section of Tokyo. The store is regarded as a high-end establishment with premium goods (international brand names and beautiful local and regional crafts) and service to match. As we explored the store, mightily impressed by the polite and professional sales staff, we ended up on the seventh floor where an array of dining options surrounded us. We were hungry and after some deliberation chose Agio, an Italian white-table cloth restaurant. After a two-minute wait, we were seated at a two-top. Service was attentive but not overbearing. The menu was in Japanese and English. There were plenty of food and beverage options. We each chose pasta: Bolognaise and carbonera. Both were excellent. Both served slightly al dente. The wine and beer list was broad and appealing. The atmosphere was subdued--you could actually carry on a conversation without raising your voice--even though the room was busy with all the tables filled and staff moving about. For desert we had tiramisu, also excellent. We were never rushed and when it came time for the check, we were pleased to see that we had received an exceptional meal for what I consider to be reasonable cost: 8,180 yen including tax and service charge. While it's a little odd to think of eating fine Italian food in the middle of Tokyo, we wanted a break from Japanese cuisine. This place could hold its own in Bologna.
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