The Al Gambero restaurant and pizzeria is an Italian establishment situated centrally in the main shopping area of the Kiel suburb of Friedrichsort, some 8 km north of the city centre.
We visited at lunchtime in April 2014 and found a real hive of activity. We were lucky to find a free table for two almost immediately, as most of the tables in both dining areas were already taken, mostly by local workers from the nearby engineering factories, judging by their huge appetite and their capacity to eat mountains of freshly-cooked pasta dishes. This is certainly no refined restaurant. But it reflects the local requirement for somewhere relatively inexpensive to get a quickly prepared and tasty lunch. As is the rule generally in this part of Germany, people like to be served quickly and to eat as quickly as possible before leaving for their afternoon employment. So, don’t expect any refined conversations with the serving staff, who rapidly and efficiently get on with their job of serving hot food and a glass of something to drink.
A word on the restaurant: tables are of the bare wooden type, no decoration is provided and napkins are of the paper variety. No candles or elegant glassware. Cutlery is limited to what is strictly necessary for pasta dishes, a spoon and a fork. But it is spotlessly clean. The menu is adequately furnished, with several Italian pasta dishes along with a range of pizzas, all of which appeared to be freshly prepared. My spaghetti with diced ham, onion and tomato sauce was copious, hot and served with a side dish of baguette. I took a glass of Sardinian syrah, a heavy red wine common in southern Europe. My wife had a white wine schorle, a dry white served with mineral water to accompany her pasta dish which was served with a cheese and broccoli sauce.
We have not used this restaurant in the evening, so we cannot comment on the standard of service and quality of food served at this time of day. However, the lunchtime experience suggests it could well be worth another visit, but we do not expect any culinary delights.
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