There is this small Italian Restaurant near Ku’damm that has intrigued us for a while now because it looks so quaint, cozy and is always bustling with people enjoying a relaxed meal. We decided to meet up for lunch one weekday and enjoyed the simple but delicious meal. How adorable is the name? It translates to “Bread and Tomato” in English.
The menu is very simple yet they use fresh ingredients so their dishes have amazing flavours.
On Sharing Plates
We shared a pasta and a pizza. Sharing 2 different orders seems to be strange for Berliners. We’ve given up on asking for extra plates and having them place our orders in the centre of the table. Wait-staff usually want to know which dish goes to each person i.e. Who gets the pasta and who gets the pizza. When one person orders a pizza here, it is assumed that the person will eat the entire pizza by themselves. I’ve seen people do this too. We once saw a couple on a date and both had one pizza each.
So what we end up doing here is exchanging plates after eating half. We still get strange looks sometimes, but our expat friends do the same thing. Sometimes we even share just one dish, because servings in Berlin are humongous. You can say that they are German sized and for a pint size Filipino like me, it’s just impossible to finish.
What We Ordered
The Pasta alla “Tarantina” 8.50 € has a Ricotta nut-pesto sauce with cherry tomatoes. I’ve never had anything like it but I loved the creamy nutty pesto sauce. The cherry tomatoes had the acidity that balanced out the creaminess.
The Margherita Pizza 5.90 € was simple yet so delicious. When we try a new Italian restaurant our go to pizza is always the Margherita pizza or the quattro formaggi. This did not disappoint. Like many italian places here, they don’t slice the pizza for you.
For drinks TD just had coke because it was a work day. I on the other hand decided to try something I’ve never had before, the Campari Soda. Ooops! It was a big mistake. I am sure other people like it but it tasted like bitter medicine to me haha. Never again! Next time I’ll just have a glass of wine haha. Their bar is stocked simply with beer and wine.
For Dessert we shared a lemon custard cake with espresso macchiato. The tart and sweet cake was light and the perfect ending to the meal.
So if you are looking for some down-to-earth Italian food, friendly service and reasonable prices around the Ku’damm area near the Olivaer Platz Bus Stop, I can recommend this place to you. This is how I imagine authentic Italian home cooking to be. I don’t know if the staff speaks English but we certainly got buy with my barely-basic German and TD’s Spanish. It’s so cool that Spanish and Italian speaking people understand each other, so we usually have no problems in Italian restaurants here in Berlin.
Pane e Pomodoro
Olivaerplatz 17, Charlottenburg, 10707 Berlin
Cash payment only
Nearby Stations: Oliver Platz (Bus)or Adenauerplatz (U7)
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