Week 15 : Il Ritrovo (Italy)

We quite randomly ended up at this Friedrichshain restaurant just off Boxhagener Platz on a Friday afternoon as we were hungry and in the neighborhood. This is not your typical Italian restaurant except for the food and chequered tablecloths. It has a punk anarchist vibe with radical left posters and graffiti all over the walls. It is a very Berlin style Italian restaurant in decor but the food is totally authentic. The waiters all look like hot Italian hipster anarchists and some could seem a bit aloof and uncaring although our guy was really nice.
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The card menu has about 18 different sorts of pizzas and then the blackboard has a rotating choice of pasta, polenta, gnocchi and fish dishes. The chef had clearly just had fun at the fish market and everything sounded delicious. We chose octopus carpaccio, monti e mare (mountain and sea) tagliatelle and a pizza with salsiccia, Gorgonzola and spinach with a cheeky house litre of red wine for only 7 euros.
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Wow. The octopus was fresh and delicious, the pasta was super tasty and the pizza huge thin and very good. We were really full and considered taking some pizza home in a doggy bag but somehow managed it. We couldn’t believe the bill when it came 27 euros for both of us with wine. Considering that the menu board changes weekly and this place is only 15 minutes walk from our flat, I think this will become a regular haunt for us.