Berlin’s foodie scene has a flare for multiculturalism and offers authentic flavours from all over the globe. Neukölln has been dubbed ‘little Istanbul’ as a nod to its Turkish influence and its amazing kebab joints, while Thai Park in Charlottenburg will have you feeling as if you’re walking through a Thai street-food market. Italian influences have also played their role in the food scene, with pizza and pasta available all over in city as a mixture of the real deal and the pay-by-the-slice late-night treats. We’ve scoured the city and found the restaurants bringing a touch of the Mediterranean to Berlin; here’s our guide to the 17 places to eat like a real Italian in Germany’s capital.
Located in Kreuzberg, just a short walk from Hermannplatz, Masaniello is an authentic Napolese pizzeria in Berlin. It’s family run, and the owners, chefs and much of the produce used in the restaurant all originally come from Naples, bringing the UNESCO ‘intangible’ status with them. They offer a fun range of Italian treats, but the one dish to try is, of course, the pizza, prepared in an authentic Neapolitan style. The place fills up fast on the weekends, so to avoid missing out, booking a table in advance is recommended.
Pizza by the slice is a beloved junk food treat in Berlin, with casual, late-night places all around the city. However, Il Pomodorino is exceptional for offering slices of pizza topped with quality, fresh Italian ingredients. The two owners are originally from Naples but have been living in Berlin for years, without losing their love for Naples local ingredients or world-renowned pizza making. The cosy restaurant also serves up amazing pasta, traditional salads and a selection of wine and beer, making it a fancy, but still a reasonably priced, pizza-by-the-slice place with a traditional edge.
Tucked away in the centre of Kreuzberg, Nudo has all the components of a classic Italian restaurant: the waiters are friendly, the food is traditional and the wine always hits the mark. The menu is a selection of weekly changing dishes, in a tapas style, with a number of vegetarian options. Guests can find the weekly menu on their Facebook page or choose to be surprised; either way, they are sure to leave with a smile.
For a fancier Italian dinner with amazing service and gourmet treats, look no further than Bocca Di Bacco. This elegant place is located in the centre of Mitte and offers an impeccable menu of food and wine, a stunning venue and world-class service. It is advisable to make a reservation, but walk-ins are also welcome.
If you want to discover what real Italian mozzarella tastes like, Mozzarella Bar & Bottega is the place to go. This cosy little place in Mitte has fresh mozzarella directly from Campania, Italy, as well as a selection of Italian treats for guests to enjoy. A great place for a snack, an apéritif or even a full dinner, this tiny place can fill up quickly on the weekends, so get there early or call ahead to grab a seat.
Serving up amazing arancini and Sicilian specialities in a mobile food truck, Arancina Welt is a relaxed yet traditional local favourite. The team behind Arancina Welt can be found all over the city, and guests can follow their Facebook page to stay up to date with their movements. However, most Sundays you can usually catch them at Mauerpark to get your arancini fix at extremely reasonable prices.
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