Il Casolare Trattoria Berlin

Berlin Italian Il Casolare Trattoria is a really authentic and thoroughly unpretentious Italian restaurant set in a prime location on the Landwehr canal in Kreuzberg. Its long wooden benches and simple wooden tables outdoors are perfect for chilling out and soaking up the summer sunshine and vibey atmosphere; indoors there’s an air of faded revolutionary punk rock grunge and its perfect for long lazy winter lunches or boozy evenings with friends. And most importantly, the food is fantastic! The vast pizza menu has all the standard favourites but also some unusual combinations. On the sunny day we last visited, I ate the “Buon Gustaio” with buffalo mozzarella, bresaolo, parmesan and cherry tomatos. It had a really thin base and was not too smothered in the cheeses-I felt almost virtuous! My husband opted for one of the specials –the Tagliatelli with Lamb, which was a melt-in-the-mouth combination of Kleftiko-style lamb in a delicately flavoured tomato-based sauce. As we lazily quaffed good house wine in the sunshine, along with the other regulars, the ambience was topped off by a busking accordionist playing Il Sole Mio. Il Casolare is great value for money; child friendly and the perfect start or end to a wander along the canal. You can’t book and it gets really full in the summer months so be prepared to get there early or wait for a table.

In short though, there are few nicer places for a great and authentic Italian meal than Il Casolare Berlin

How to find Il Casolare Berlin

To get to Il Casolare take the U8 to Schönleinstr. It is just a few minutes walk from there. Or you could take the U1 (if you are coming from Frierichshain) to Kottbusser Tor

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