Lobster ravioli seasoned with rosemary and orange aromatised butter sauce, sausage with chestnuts and mushrooms strudel, duck breast carpaccio with apples, celery and turnips, Umbrian truffle, pumpkins, broccoli and much more; that’s Café Aroma, one of the most renowned and legendary Italian restaurants in Berlin.
There is a fixed menu and new specials everyday: “It depends on what inspires Giacomo Ruggirello, the Café Aroma director, who personally goes food shopping for the restaurant. If one day Giacomo buys for example some prawns or a lobster then at last minute we add a new dish to the menu.”
Cafè Aroma is an Italian restaurant that every Italian in Berlin who loves quality food should have tried at least one time. What the Guardian appreciated the most about Café Aroma is of course its Sunday brunch, defining it as one of the 10 best brunches in Berlin: here you can have brunch on Sunday from 11 am until 2:30 pm and you can serve yourself at a buffet. During the summer you can also enjoy a beautiful terrace.
“Every month we organise special gastronomic tours where we introduce and offer different food specialties coming from different Italian regions. We usually buy our products from Italian local suppliers; it is not only a way of guaranteeing our products quality and freshness but also a way of promoting an aware consumption. “
The secret of success is certainly a careful selection of ingredients and of course our two cooks mastery and expertise; they are Betty from Tuscany and Maria from Naples; the coordination work is carried out by Davide Abbate, Michele Albertini and Cristina Panigadi. Cristina tells us how her cooking passion came out when she was a child and her mother used to tell her: “Life is like a big pot that needs to be warmed up by the fire of love and needs to be carefully filled with various ingredients that mix themselves with the energy of passion.”
Café Aroma opened in 1987; it is located between the Schöneberg and the Kreuzberg area in the so called Rote Insel (the red island) that is a neighbourhood easily located within a distinctive triangle bordered by railway lines in the south-western part of the city centre; it took that name in 1884, when the German Socialist Party was outlawed and the Bäcker drinks wholesaler waved a red flag from a window to support the rights of labourers and proletarians who lived there. Maybe today the area has lost that political aspect but the fact that Café Aroma serves excellent Italian food remains a certainty.
Hochkirchstraße 8, 10829 Berlin-Schöneberg
Tel. +49 (0)30 7825821
Metro stop: Yorkstrasse (U-Bahn e S-Bahn)
Open Monday to Friday, from 5 pm, on Saturday from 12 pm and on Sunday from 11 am
Sunday brunch from 11 am to 2:30 pm
Translation edited by: Giacomo Martella