The most common non-German restaurants here are Italian. To be perfectly honest, Italian food is better than German food. They have much more than pizza and spaghetti, whereas the Germans stop at schweinebraten and sauerbraten more or less. Although as you might have noticed, we are fond of our local specialties here in Bavaria. The Italians put much more emphasis on high quality products and ingredients. Surveys show that the average Italian household is willing to spend more for their daily meals than the Germans. Italian Italian isn’t quiite the same as American Italian, which isn’t bad but not the same. Growing up in New Jersey, the stronghold of the mafia, we had some fine Italian restaurants and pizzerias, but the dishes had undergone a change since immigrating from Italy.
We stopped at an Italian restaurant the other day. It wasn’t a fancy place, just the eatery attached to the local tennis club. It was kind of cool but we sat outside anyway, with a view to the tennis courts. We both settled for a simple pizza although there were some interesting items on the menus, like home made ravioli filled with strawberries and gorgonzola or carpaccio with mushrooms.
You’ll see most of the menu is in Italian. It’s a generalization, but you could safely say that the people this side of the Alps have a soft spot for Italy. Likewise in Italian restaurants here, they will greet you in Italian because they know the Germans like it. Buongiorno, Signori!
This entry is a first using my new tablet. I’m practicing to see if it will be good for editing pictures, writing and posting when traveling. Don’t know when we are going to be on the road again, but still it would be nice to write a journal as we go along.