LardButty in Berlin – Peperoncino Italian in Kreuzberg

Following an afternoon at the Carnival of Cultures and beers at the Von Loon boat bar (on the Landwehr Canal) in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, we headed for Peperoncino on D’s recommendation. She used to live near here and this Italian restaurant was already tried and tested, and very much a favourite of hers.

Peperoncino Italian restaurant in Kreuzberg, Berlin


Located in a somewhat residential area, the restaurant was busy with all tables taken. D had booked ahead knowing that it’s a popular spot with the locals.


Inside Peperoncino – a popular spot


The restaurant is run by Adriano and Ewelina, and service was welcoming from the moment we arrived. Ewelina was so hospitable we had the impression of being pampered in someone’s own home, while Adriano created a special antipasto sharing platter for the three of us (off menu). Some prosecco bubbles seemed like a good way to begin.



Special antipasto sharing platter – aubergine and bean mix (a ratatouille veggie stew type dish – this was especially nice), ham, salami, artichokes, mozzarella, and smoked cheese


For main course, K had a gnocchi special – black truffle stuffed gnocchi in a truffle/butter sauce (gorgeous but being quite rich, it was a small portion), D had spaghetti with prawns and I had gnocchi classico – in a tomato sauce with mushrooms, prawns and salami (very tasty, dense and filling so K helped me out once he’d finished his smaller gnocchi special).



Gnocchi special


Spaghetti with prawns



Gnocchi classico 


We shared a dessert platter of profiteroles, fruity ice-cream and chocolatey-truffley-ice-cream:



Dessert platter – as served



Desserts – underway



The verdict: Tucked away in a neighbourly area in Kreuzberg, this was a top recommendation from D. A great find. The patrons couldn’t have been any more hospitable and the Italian food was very good. I’d certainly visit again when in Berlin…

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: Italian
– Address: Urbanstraße 137, Kreuzberg, 10967 Berlin
– Nearest station: U Südstern (U-Bahn station)
– Website + menus: Peperoncino website
– Photos on flickr: Peperoncino images
– Location: Peperoncino map

LardButty in Berlin – brunch at Zitrone

Berliner Frühstück # 2 of 3

For today’s breakfast (well, brunch) we head out of Mitte to the trendy Kreuzberg district, to Zitrone.

The weather’s mild so we sit outside in the wide, tree-lined boulevard of a street where there’s seating for about 60.

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Zitrone – plenty of outdoor seating on these wide streets

We’re planning to stroll over to the East Side Gallery afterwards and are not in any rush. That said, service is incredibly slow. We enjoy leisurely drinks of fresh orange and ginger tea, and hefeweizen beers between us, then even our waitress eventually asks us with surprise if our food still hasn’t arrived…

D has a breakfast Istanbul – fried eggs which look perfectly runny (if slightly greasy) with Sucuk (Turkish spicy sausage), peppers, tomato, olives and marinated feta cheese @ € 6.70

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Breakfast Istanbul – Sucuk, olives and marinated feta cheese.

K homes in on the leberkäse special with fried eggs, spinach and fried potatoes @ €8.50. He *loves* this German meat-loaf speciality (though it reminds me of tinned Spam).

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Mittagessen – lunch special: leberkäse, eggs, spuds + spinach

It’s a salat ziegenkase for me – goats cheese with pesto on crusty baguette slices (bruschetta style) with a dressed salad of leaves, carrots, tomatoes and cucumber @ €7. The goats cheese has been lightly grilled. It’s nicely salty, a bit halloumi-like in texture, and is really good.

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Goats cheese salad

I’d happily be a regular customer here, if I lived nearby.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3 / 5
~ Type: German (in Germany)
~ Address: Graefe Straße 20, 10967 Berlin Kreuzberg
~ Nearest station: Schönleinstr. -U
~ Website: Zitrone website
~ Menu: Zitrone menu
~ Photos on flickr: images of Zitrone
~ Location: Zitrone map


More Berlin dining:

~ Auszeit – good for brunch in a scenic spot

~ The Bird – simply the best chips ever + amazing meat. Go! what are you waiting for?

~ Makoto – great donburi at this Japanese noodle bar

~ Oranium – sausage-fest breakfast treats

~ Porta Nova – favolose Italian restaurant in Mitte

~ Volver – Spanish tapas restaurant

~ Zitrone – good brunch spot in Kreuzberg