Dining at this tiny café is a pleasing experience. While the name in Dutch translates to "crowbar", the cuisine is truly delightful 100% Italian and nothing else. The service is very also "italy-like" friendly (and more so than most other Amsterdam restaurants) and you feel like you're dining in a home. The size is perfect - it was thrivingly full when we visited, yet not too noisy for good conversation.
Now the food... Incredibly fresh, flavourful and - for an Italian connoisseur like me - superb! Great pasta (like ravioli with fungi porcini), creative and fresh antipasti, and good main dishes. The fish is also wonderful. The truffle chocolate dessert was above heavenly!
A good way to judge a restaurant is to observe the level of satisfaction of the people around you. If that is really a sign, the management and staff indeed know how to please. Positive in every sense, and perfect for special occasions.
On this quiet side street, Koevoet stands out as one of Amsterdam's best. Reserve in advance because it's popular, intimate and small. Highly recommended!
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