Years ago, when I visited Berlin for the very first time in my life, I went straight to the Motzstraße, to the pulsating gay heart of Berlin. My eyes sparkled and my heart did a little headstand in my chest. I was here, finally. I hopped happily through the lively streets in Schöneberg, lined with bars and cafés where I would love to spend my many nights in the city. I said then, that I would love to have a flat on the Motzstraße. Although my current house is quite far away in Prenzlauer Berg, I still hold a candle for this corner of Schöneberg. And maybe, one day, I will have my desired flat.
That day, around 2 and a half years ago, after browsing through the many possibilities and temptations Berlin had to offer, me and a friend sat down to eat a meal on the Motzstraße. We chose a small cosy-looking Italian place called Giorgio. I haven’t written too many reviews on Italian food because I tend to think it bland and boring. But that day I was tired and cold and I just wanted to sit down and eat a meal. And right in the middle of the Motzstraße, only a stone’s throw away from the U-Bahns station Nollendorfplatz, there was Giorgio. It looks like any normal Italian restaurant, so I did not expect anything too fabulous. But oh, my lord, is this place fabulous. I am not kidding.
Generally, I tend to think of Italian food as simplistic and I associate it with not too culinairy pizzas and boring pasta dishes, to be copied easily in the own kitchen. I know this is a silly assumption and I have never been to Italy to experience the pleasures of real Italian food, but sadly my negative opinion of Italian foods does apply to most restaurants in cities such as Berlin. However, of course, thankfully, there are always exceptions. Giorgio is one of them, and if you even moderately enjoy Italian food I would recommend eating here.
That first evening I went here, I had a spinach-ricotta canneloni (the large round tunnels made out of pasta, filled with delicious stuffings). Nothing too exciting, normally. But the difference between real, quality Italian food and boring, fake Italian food is that even the most simple things taste mind-blowing when prepared properly. I adored the pasta.
But then again, years afterwards, and only two days ago, I ended up in Giorgio again. And this time I ordered a chestnut gnocchi with a pea bolognese (which was a daily special). But not after we ordered two rounds of bruschetta with tomatoes, basil and olive oil. The bruschetta was still warm and fresh, and the tomato topping was absolutely scrumptious. A very simple appetizer, but it was fabulous. And my main dish, the home-made chestnut gnocchi melted in my mouth and treated my taste buds to a very nice and subtle flavour experience. It was simple, yet brilliantly prepared. Their tiramisu dessert was an original, yet authentic interpretation of an all-time classic and the half a liters of Merlot we drank to accompany our meal was a nice full-bodied wine. All in all: a great restaurant in a great street, which is definitely worth our recommendation. Prices are budgetproof.
What makes this restaurant fabulous?
- It is small, authentic and simply sweet. The déco is that of a simple and subtle Italian restaurant. Nothing too posh or cosy, but just nice.
- The food. Absolutely fantastic food. Home-made pastas, fingerlicking good.
- Great informal atmosphere, a real ‚Kiez‘ (neighbourhood) restaurant. You can also take-away your favourite pizza, salad or pasta to enjoy at home.
What makes this restaurant less fabulous?
- Nothing, really. You can eat a great pasta for less than ten euros. Great place.
Where to go?
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