Dining in Berlin could be an unforgettable experience. For Italian food fans, here is a list of the top restaurants.
“Berlin is poor, but sexy”, an evergreen epithet coined by Berlin’s ex-Mayor Klaus Wowereit. In regards to Italian dining, the most striking trend is Neapolitan style pizza, with a series of recent openings that really honour the Neapolitan baking art. There are equally solid restaurants, traditional taverns and very special eateries… Here are the best spots reviewed in our Top Italian Restaurants guide.
Bocca di Bacco 2 forchette
Style and elegance distinguish this super central Italian restaurant in Mitte. It combines a business lounge where you can enjoy a drink while waiting for dinner or après-dinner, and a natural stone cellar with an enchanting atmosphere and a long wooden table often used for wine tastings or private dinners. The cuisine channels the Italian tradition updated to a more streamlined, modern style. Well-balanced flavours and well-combined textures, aromas and perfumes, be it giant prawns in lardo bacon on chickpeas cream or a rack of lamb breaded with herbs, Chianti sauce and potatoes au gratin. The truffle risotto is perfectly executed. The wine list displays more than 250 Italian labels and a centered by the glass choice. If you wanna go back in time there are many, many vintages on the big names such Sassicaia, Bruno Giacosa, Ornellaia, Gaja and so on. Plus, a huge selection of magnum and half bottles. Stellar, old school service.
Enoiteca Il Calice 2 bottiglie
A go-to place in Charlottenburg for those who want to enjoy an authentic Italian experience in Berlin. Enoiteca Il Calice is at the same time a proper restaurant, a delicious wine bar and a wine shop. At every time of the day you will find something that will suit your desires. From carpaccio, soup and salad (go for the puntarelle!) to cheese and salumi platters. At the apertivo you could even enjoy a nice selection of cicchetti (Venetian tapas) while savoring a crispy glass of Friulano. The cuisine offers many tasty dishes like scallop ravioli with saffron and lentil, classic spaghetti with clams or succulent meat dishes like dry aged beef with spanish chili and local potatoes. To accompany the food is a well-planned wine list devoted to Italian labels and covering every philosophy, from traditional to modernist. There’s also a very intelligent choice of wines by the glass. And the prices are more than correct keeping in mind the average surchage in Germany. In nice weather, the impulse to order an entire bottle and linger at an outdoor table is hard to resist.
Standard Serious Pizza 2 spicchi
Truly serious work in this pizzeria opened in 2014 in Prenzlauer Berg. The gas oven is traditional and well established, providing perfect baking temperatures. The ingredients are carefully selected: San Marzano or Piennolo tomatoes, and homemade salumi. Fiordilatte cheeses are sourced at small producers, plus a very talented pizzaiuolo like Alessandro Leonardi from Campania: all contribute to soft dough as required by the true Neapolitan canons. The classic pizza margherita confirms this, as well as the Sicilian made with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, anchovies and capers.
We also enjoed the generous "Taste of Brandenburg" pizza, topped with potatoes, mozzarella cheese, wild boar sausage, pepper and rosemary. In short, the one baked here is the best pizza in Berlin. Pies are well paired with artisanal beers but above all with wine and a precious selection of natural wines hailing with a focus on Austrian labels. Minimal setting and attentive service.
Malafemmena +39 2 spicchi
In the wonderful Friedenau neighborhood of Berlin, with its fine architectural examples of Art Nouveau, the logo of AVPN (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana) is an unexpected sight. Malafemmena prides itself on making real Neapolitan pizza. Here, Margherita is the ruling version, rolled out by hand, soft and well-leavened. The edge is high, as tradition requires, the size is right, and ingredients are uncompromisingly from Campania. The menu starts with the classic version, with buffalo mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes, and moves on to those with piennolo tomatoes, sausage and greens. You can also order calzone filled with ricotta and ham, or fried pizza, a rare find in this city. Burrata, arancini (fried rice balls) and eggplant Parmesan are on the menu as well. Quality is high and prices very reasonable.
Lavanderia Vecchia 2 gamberi
Flaughfenstrasse 46 – Berlin | lavanderiavecchia.wordpress.com/
Surgiva Taste&Design Award. You have to book ahead of time to be seated at the tables divided by hung laundry, like in the alleys of Naples, in a rustic but refined and clean environment. White tones conspire to create the atmosphere of a country house. The idea of repurposing an old laundry service is certainly interesting. We like the ambiance, which is in tune with the authentic, generous, always new cuisine, something that’s hard to find in the city. Be sure to arrive with a big appetite. You can dine with a prix fixe menu at 60 Euro (the offer is very convenient at lunch). Starters could include carpaccio of fish and meat, tastybruschetta, and then soups, pasta dishes, risotto and shrimps cooked with mediterranean herbs and potato puree. Included in the price is also the wine, which, like the house extra virgin olive oil is from the Sabina area of Lazio. The wine list could use some improvement. Meals close with an espresso and a digestif, to be enjoyed, like the Italians do, at the counter.
Muret La Barba 2 bottiglie
Rosenthaler Str. 61 – Berlin| https://muretlabarba.de/it/
The place exudes Mitte’s style in a small and carefully designed Italian wine bar in Berlin. Over 200 bottles and approximately fifteen different Italian wine regions represented with interesting choices that pique our curiosity, independent wine makers and traditional wine making. Bottles feature unconventional Franciacortas such as the 1701, an irreverent Schiopettino of Friuli-native Petrussa, and unique bottles sourced in the only winery on the island Capri in Campania, Scala Fenicia. All bottles can be opened for service by the glass, as well as purchased for take out. In addition to cheese and cured meats boards, also antipastos featuring burrata or shishito peppers, classic prosciutto and melon; or pasta starters such as linguine with clams and bottarga.
Al Contadino sotto le Stelle 2 gamberi
This restaurant, located in the heart of city in the picturesque alleys of Mitte, celebrates its 20 years of activity. Lucio Massaro offers authentic cuisine of the Lucania tradition, with a good creative vein. Thanks to a careful selection of ingredients, we find Slow Food Presidia and small denominations for rich and tasty dishes such as buffalo ricotta cannelloni and sautéed chard with pine nuts, raisins and peppers from Senise; or buffalo ricotta tortelli; pumpkin ravioli and typical pasta such as cavatelli. Entrees are opulent and rewarding, think veal fillet with artichoke chips. Adjacent there is a Mozzarella-Bar, same ownership.
Zola 1 spicchio
Here is a fresh breath of Neapolitan air in the heart of Kreuzberg. Within a short time - the opening took place in the summer of 2015 - Zola has become a solid point of reference for Neapolitan pizza in the city. The crust is thick and well-defined, dough has high hydration, pies are well baked, and the mozzarella and tomato are top notch. We went for the classic "margherita", while among the special pizzas we loved the tomato less topping with sausage, sautéed greens and fordilatte cheese. The room is small and noisy, but one comes here for the pizza and not for the rest. Leave room for a good babà al rum dessert.