Bella Italia

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.

We had a view to the tennis courts
I forgot to take the picture before we ate.

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!

Menu at the entrance, but they have more, on the right are the take-aways on a week day

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.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

6 response to "Bella Italia"

  1. By: BobinVT Posted: August 8, 2021

    Oh, I love Italian food! Always my first choice when traveling.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: August 8, 2021

    We of course will of course try the local cuisine next month, but it won’t break my heart if we run into an Italian restaurant here and there,

    Janos looks a bit stunned, so it must have been a substantial feeding.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: August 8, 2021

    Interesting information about Italian restaurants in Germany, thanks for sharing. The restaurant looks like a nice setting – I prefer the non-pretentious places, too. It’s usually good food without a chef that’s back there trying too hard.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: August 9, 2021

    The menu board looks great even though I have no idea what it says.

    The only problem with a courtside table is that it would be hard to feed your mouth while your face is following a tennis ball going back and forth over the net.

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 9, 2021

    Kind of unknown to eat pizza with a knife and fork here — or, maybe, I just need to get out more often. 🙂

    • By: Suzanne Posted: August 9, 2021

      Yeah, some people use a knife and fork. Maybe for that gooey part in the middle when it’s still hot. I haven’t eaten pizza in the U.S. for such a long time, I don’t know if it’s the same as when I was last there. Anyway, pizza here is served in one-person size, you get your own little pizza which is not always cut. Then you need the knife and fork to cut your slices. I recall when I was a kid we got a giant pizza for the whole family.

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