Le Mani in Pasta

I liked this restaurant so much that we ate there three times during our trip to Rome. The restaurant is located in the district of Trastevere – a charming district with lots of side streets to visit and located just to the west of the Tiber river.  I thought all the dishes we had were really outstanding.

If want to try a really authentic Italian appetizer, try the “Insalata di Polipo e Patate” – Octopus and Potato Salad.  It is so good – very fresh and very tasty.

I tried three different pasta dishes on my visits to Le Mani in Pasta.   They were all incredible and this was the reason I kept coming back.  Spaghetti, Linguine, Tagliolini – molto buono!  And if you’re really want a complete Italian dining experience, select a “Secondo” and then finish off your meal with some “Dolce.”  There are plenty of tasty Italian dishes to choose from and I’m sure you’ll find something that will please your palate and satisfy your every culinary desire.  Buon appetito!

More about this excellent restaurant at: http://www.lemaniinpasta.com/

Osteria Le Mani in Pasta
Via dei Genovesi 37
00153 Roma
Telephone: 39 06 581 6017


Pastis – Fine French dining in Berlin

Here’s a delightful French Restaurant located at Rüdesheimer Platz in Berlin.  A great location (right next to the U-Bahnhof), friendly service, and excellent French food make this a “must go to”  destination in Berlin.  The menu is updated with daily chef’s specials.  The descriptions of the entrees stimulate both your imagination and your palate.  I found the staff to be very friendly and quite helpful.  They offer a nice selection of wines to accompany your meal.  I am definitely going back.  Bon appetit!

I had the Filet vom Adler Fisch (filet of Sea Bass) with coconut curry foam on a nut Risotto.  It looked good when I saw it on the menu and it was absolutely delicious!

You can find out more about this gem of a restaurant on their website – http://www.restaurant-pastis.de/

Rüdesheimer Straße 9
14197 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: 49 (0)30-81055769


The Carlton

A creative menu, personalized service, and a great atmosphere make for an enjoyable culinary experience at the Carlton Restaurant located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.  Kevin Joyce and his team do everything possible to make your dining experience memorable.  Their menu is updated daily with the chef’s specials and local favorites that keep customers coming back again and again.  Their professional staff will be happy to recommend the perfect wine to accompany your meal from their superb wine selection.

My recommendation: try one of their fresh seafood main courses which are always well-prepared and accompanied by palate pleasing sides (when offered, the Tuna Three Ways is excellent).

More information about this excellent Pittsburgh restaurant at: http://www.thecarltonrestaurant.com/

The Carlton Restaurant
BNY Mellon Center (formerely One Mellon Center)
500 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Telephone: 412-391-4152


Il Palio Ristorante

A piece of Tuscany located in the heart of North Carolina – welcome to Il Palio.  They serve authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere that will make you feel as though you have been whisked away to a small villa in hills of Tuscany.

This is a great place to take that special someone to celebrate an anniversary or other special occasion; especially since you can arrange for an overnight stay at the Siena Hotel.

My recommendaton:  try one of their excellent pasta dishes.

You can find more information about this very special Italian restaurant at: http://www.sienahotel.com/IlPalio.aspx

Il Palio Ristorante at the Siena Hotel
1505 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
Telephone: 919-929-4000


The Angus Barn

I came to know this restaurant as “the beefeaters haven” while living in North Carolina.  If you like beef; then this is the restaurant for you.  They offer an excellent selection of the finest meats, seafoods, and side dishes all cooked to perfection.  The warm and friendly atmosphere coupled with great food makes for an enjoyable dining experience at this popular North Carolina restaurant.

For more information, visit their website at: http://www.angusbarn.com/index.htm

The Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Avenue
(Highway 70 at Aviation Parkway)
Raleigh, North Carolina 27617
Telephone: 919-781-2444



Excellent food and great service in a warm and friendly atmosphere – welcome to Rico’s.  This is one of my favorite restaurants.  Rico, his son David, and their entire staff will do everything possible to provide you with an enjoyable dining experience.

It’s always difficult for me to decide on my main course, as this restaurant offers so many delicious entrees.  There are plenty of fresh seafood, choice meats, and traditional Italian favorites to choose from; making for a very satisfying culinary experience.  They have an excellent selection of wines to accompany your meal including some really fine Super Tuscans.

My recommendation: try the Veal and Lobster with Tomato Basil sauce.  It is outstanding.  Succulent lobster and tender veal served with a freshly prepared tomato basil sauce.  Now that’s Italian.  Buon appetito!

More information about this excellent Italian restaurant can be found on their website at: http://www.ricos.biz/

Rico’s Restaurant
1 Rico Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Telephone: 412-931-1989




A warm and friendly atmosphere, attentive service, and very authentic Greek cuisine make Pikilia the destination for Greek food in Berlin.  A daily menu of chef’s specials supplements a standard menu that’s filled with traditional Greek favorites.  They have a wonderful selection of wines from the different regions of Greece to accompany your meal.  Ask the staff  for their wine recommendations, they will gladly help you select the perfect wine for your meal.

Recommendation: try the “Jouwarlakia Avgolemono” soup (egg and lemon soup with small meatballs).  This authentic Greek soup is hard to find in restaurants, so definitely try it here.  I had a friend in college who was Greek and I remember how much I enjoyed his grandmother’s homemade lemon soup.  Pikilia’s is excellent!

I recommend that you make a reservation to dine at this very popular Berlin restaurant.

More information at: http://www.pikilia.de/

Taverna Pikilia
Spanische Allee 72
14129 Berlin
Telephone: 49 (0)30-80 58 82 07


Pan Degli Angeli

This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants.  You are welcomed immediately upon entering with a warm greeting – Buona Sera!  A charming Italian atmosphere coupled with friendly service and perfectly prepared classic Italian cuisine makes for a very enjoyable dining experience in Berlin.  I prefer to order off the daily menu which includes a great variety of fresh fish, meat and pasta dishes.  Have a look at their wine list which includes a nice variety of excellent Italian wines to accompany your meal.  Reservations are highly recommended at this very popular Berlin restaurant.

Tip: try the Taglierini with parmesan cheese and black truffles.  It’s the best I’ve had – anywhere.  Buon appetito!

More information at: http://www.pandegliangeli.de/

Stuttgarter Platz 20 / Ecke Windscheidstrasse
10627 Berlin
Telephone: 49 (0)30-36 41 26 27

Fischers Fritz

Elegant dining at its finest – this is Fischers Fritz.  A rich menu, professional staff, a royal ambiance, and two Michelin Stars all make Fischers Fritz the Berlin destination for gourmet dining.  Their menu is filled with culinary creativity that will stimulate both your imagination and your palate.   All of their dishes are prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail.   The staff will cater to your every culinary wish and ensure that your dining experience is both enjoyable and memorable.  They have an excellent wine list and their staff will be glad to help you select the perfect wine to accompany your meal.

More information at: http://www.fischersfritzberlin.com/

Fischers Fritz at the Regent Berlin
Charlottenstrasse 49
10117 Berlin-Mitte
Telephone +49 (0) 30-20 33 63 63



first floor

I really enjoy dining at this restaurant.  It has a warm and inviting atmosphere, the service is impeccable, and the food; well the food is a culinary extravaganza!  This is a great place to take your spouse for that very special evening.  It’s also a good place to dine with company executives.  Their attentive staff will do everything possible to ensure that your dining experience is enjoyable.  They have a superb selection of fine wines to accompany their excellent menu offerings.

Find out more at: http://www.firstfloor.palace.de/web/index.htm

Restaurant “first floor”
Budapester Strasse 45
10787 Berlin
Telephone: 49 (0)30 2502-1020