Recently I’ve come across a hidden gem of Italian culinary art in the middle of the touristy Friedrichshain hubbub. Although it may look like your average Italian spot around the corner, this restaurant in Simon-Dach-Kiez actually serves one of the finest family style Neapolitan dishes, all homemade by Vito, the chef. Most ingredients used for pasta, bread and antipasti come straight from Italy. A fine selection of wines accompany the dishes, such as Polpettone, meatballs with spinach and goat cheese. The evening is filled with humor and a warm friendly atmosphere, thanks to Teresa serving the table. After the obligatory dolce and espresso, she will offer you an arugula liquor and a warm “arrivederci”. The restaurant is tiny and the menu simple, but it’s exactly these qualities that make you feel like you’re dining at your friends. I recommend the Stuzzichini, a variation of warm and cold meat and fish, along with a glass of white wine Grillo. Allora ragazzi, buon appetito! (Photos: Karolina Rosina)
Karolina Rosina has lived in Berlin-Friedrichshain since 2009 and works as a freelance graphic designer.