There are a lot of Italian restaurants in Berlin. Our contributor Oriane has put together a careful selection of the best
Berlin is famous for its food scene and it’s no surprise that delicious Italian restaurants have popped up everywhere in the German capital. There are dozens that I still haven’t tried, but below you’ll find my mood-lifting classic favorites!
1. Mozzarella Bar & Bottega
My all time favorite, this is where you’ll often run into me at dinner time! I order always the same thing and I highly recommend it to anyone: burrata with tomato and basil, the best caponata I’ve ever had, mortadella with truffles, and pasta del giorno. Giorno, as in day? Yes, there’s a new option every day! And now you understand why I come often! Don’t worry, I don’t eat all of this by myself – although I could! – as this place is perfect for sharing plates.
About postre: A few weeks ago they had an amaretto cheesecake and you have to try it if it is still on the menu. I am still dreaming about it! If you are lucky – and smile – you will get a limoncello. The team is the best!
Mozzarella Bar & Bottega
Auguststraße 34, 10119 Berlin
Monday – Saturday: 12 noon until 12 midnight
2. Pappa e Ciccia
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This is a neighborhood place and my cantine when the fridge is empty. My boyfriend is obsessed with their vitello tonnato and Bolognese – he orders exactly those dishes in basically every single Italian restaurant and none has yet equaled the level of Pappa e Ciccia! Trust the expert! Talking about habits: For me, it’s either truffle pasta or pasta alle vongole. Yum! Oh, and by the way, they also serve brunch on weekends and it is damn good!
Pappa e Ciccia
Schwedter Str. 18, 10119 Berlin
Tuesday – Saturday: 6pm until 12 midnight
Sunday: 12 noon until 12 midnight
3. Pastificio Tosatti
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Located in Prenzlauer Berg, this tiny place is more than a restaurant, it is a pasta manufacturer. That means they make their pasta themselves – in front of you! Cozy, quaint, and very high quality, this is THE place for pasta lovers and I cannot wait to go back! I love the area and the walk to get there is lovely. You can also stop for an ice cream at the nearby Hokey Pokey or, if you need a glass of vino instead, at L24, one of my favorite wine bars and a place full of souvenirs (no, I cannot tell you!)
Schliemannstraße 14A, 10437 Berlin
Wednesday – Friday: 12:30pm until 4pm, 6pm until 10:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 1pm until 10:30pm.
4. Mondo Pazzo
This place in West Berlin is worth a visit: From the second you walk into the room, you’re in the thick of it – it’s showtime! Every seat is usually filled, your coat is quickly and politely taken, you’re sat down, and the Pellegrino is flowing into your glass. Order the delectable pasta with truffles or beef, and maybe a classic antipasti. White or red, the wine is always perfect. You’ll feel like you’re on a short holiday: The room is loud and the guests are all in the best of moods. The service is so competent and quick, you’ll never want to leave. You’re always warmly welcomed to linger, even after three espressos and limoncellos.
Schlüterstraße 52, 10629 Berlin
Monday – Saturday: 12 noon until 12 midnight. Sunday: 5pm until 12 midnight.
5. Lavanderia Vecchia
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Lavanderia Vecchia is one of those restaurants that not only delivers delicious food, but a whole experience. Located in an ex-laundry – as the name implies – the atmosphere is unique and illuminated by pink neon. Most important, the food is truly Italian with roots in old-school Italian cuisine and with an added a contemporary twist. Make sure to go in good company and hungry: The fixed menu is quite extensive.
Flughafenstraße 46, 12053 Berlin
Monday – Saturday: 12 noon until 3pm, 7:30pm until 12 midnight.
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An Italian restaurant guide isn’t complete without a pizzeria and Zola makes delicious, fluffy, Neapolitan style pizza and is located in a very convenient place: Along the canal on Paul-Lincke Ufer. It allows for a perfect summer evening program: pizza (a bufala with extra arugula on top for me), a walk along the canal while watching the sunset, the potential for dessert at Spindler, and drinks afterwards at Das Hotel (an amaretto or espresso martini please!).
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39-40, 10999 Berlin
Monday – Friday: 12 noon until 10pm. Saturday – Sunday: 1pm until 10pm.
French and Swiss, Oriane moved to Berlin to pursue her interest in all things creative. She loves art and photography and does a lot of yoga, also to balance out her passion for great cuisine - a real foodie so to say. And of course, she is obsessed with fashion, which you can tell from her weakness for peplum cuts and ruffles. At hey woman! Oriane is responsible for shooting, producing and styling as well as editing and collage design.