When visiting a country that is not far away from the home of the best cuisine in the world (yes, I mean Italy. French and spanish cooking may magnificent on occasion, but the everyday food you get in the average italian restaurant remains the best average in the western world), when visiting such a country, and the country's capital, you have some expectations on what will be offered.
The location of the restaurant is in a fashionable part of Berlin, while off-centre, it is still considered a place where people with a lot of money spend them. And their time.
The food was average, which, frankly, was a disappointment. I had expected more. I had the tri-pasta which was fine, but nothing out of the ordinary. The small entrées and the complimentary olives where very, very basic. The wine selection was good, and we had an excellent bottle of red wine. However, we kicked off dinner with asking for a glass of champagne, and I am guessing here, but we did not get champagne. I payed for champagne, but we got two glasses of excellent Italian sparkling white wine, that, technically, is not allowed to be labeled champagne. I have to be perfectly honest here and state that I may be mistaken - I haven't tasted every champagne, and every bottle, but I have drunk a lot of champagne in my time and when you go to a fancy italian restaurant, and order champagne (which, by the way, was one of the most expensive drinks on the wine-list) you expect something that you'd recognize.
The waiters were nice, the outdoor veranda was a bit to smoke-infested for my taste, and I will not be going back. There are too many italian restaurants out there for me to give this place a second chance.
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