We walked in the district of the Pijp looking for a restaurant on a rainy Tuesday night: while the other restaurants were almost empty, this one was totally full. We decided to "follow the masses" and we couldn't be happier: we had to wait around 15 minutes for a table but in the meantime we could get a glas of Prosecco, gently offered by the owner. The menu is quite different from the normal italian menu: no lasagna, no pesto....mainly dishes from north Italy very well cooked and presented: we decided to follow the advice of the owner to try the tasting menu, a combination of different dishes from starter to dessert: everything was tasty and fresh. I loved the carpaccio of swordfish and the homemade ravioli stuffed with pumpkin but also the meat ( a beef stew in a red wine sauce) was tender and delicious. When the moment of desserts arrive, since we were the last guests before kitchen closed, we could get a selection of desserts instead of a choice: absolutely great and the chocolate cake was probably the best I have ever tried in my life.
Very nice wine as well: we ( once again) decided to ask to the owner a combination of wines for every dish and every time we found his choice perfect. Everything was done in the most relaxing and friendly way and even if it was very busy for a tuesday night, it seemed to me there was no stress at all between the staff. What really surprised Us was the fact that there were only 2 cooks and only 2 waiters ( including the owner!) but we couldn't notice anything missing in the service.
What a beautiful dinner we had: I wish you would open l'Ozio in Hamburg as well because I would come often to visit you!
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