Osteria Campunni

A piece of Italy in the heart of Kempen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Taglierini with black truffles and parmesan cheese

Osteria Campunni is an authentic Italian restaurant in the Altstadt in Kempen.  The Siani family prepares excellent Italian cuisine with great service and a fine selection of Italian wines.  I really like their pasta dishes.  One of my favorites is the Taglierini with Black Truffles and Parmesan cheese.  Buonissimo!

They offer a large selection of pizzas with a variety of toppings which are also very good.  One of my favorites is Pizza Andrea which is topped with fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced potatoes and zucchini, tunafish, shallots, parmesan cheese and garlic.  Now that’s a delicious pizza!  I often order the “Insalata Mista”  as a starter.  Their salads are very tasty,


Sea Robin with saffron risotto and asparagus cream

made with the freshest ingredients and topped with a nice vinaigrette dressing.

The last time I was there, I had a beautiful fish dish, Sea Robin with saffron risotto and asparagus cream.  Wow – now that was really good.


They offer a nice selection of wines to compliment your meal with many of the wines coming from the Puglia region in Italy.  I can recommend a bottle of Otre if you’re looking for a nice Primitivo from Puglia.  And if you still have room for something sweet, they have a very nice dessert menu.  Try the Panna Cotta, the Zabaione or the Tiramisu.  Finish off your meal with an aperitif such as Grappa, Limoncello or Averna.  Then you’ll be certain to be “Tutto bene!”

Osteria Campunni is one of my favorite restaurants in Kempen and one of my all time favorite Italian restaurants.  I highly recommend that you give them a try if you are looking for a very authentic Italian restaurant experience.  Reservations are recommended.

Pizza Andrea
Osteria Campunni
Kirchstrasse 6
47906 Kempen
Telephone: +49 2152 89 69 59
Website: www.osteria-campunni.de

Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria

When I’m in Niagara Falls, Canada I never miss the opportunity to eat at Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria.  The Pingue family prepares authentic Italian cuisine with lots of love and attention to detail.  Their homemade Gnocchi is out of this world!  It’s the best I’ve ever had (please forgive me Nonna!).  Try their Antipasta Mista platter with their specially cured meats.  Pasta, Risotto, Ravioli, Gnocchi – it’s all here at Napoli Ristorante and they are all delicious.

If you are hungry for a pizza – this is the place.  Their pizza is outstanding.

Ask your server about any daily specials.  The staff at Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria are very friendly and will do everything possible to make your dining experience enjoyable.

I am very partial to their pasta dishes.  If they offer Lasagna on the menu – order it.  They make the best Lasagna.

I always have a hard time deciding what to order – because everything here is so good!

They offer a nice selection of Italian and Canadian wines to pair with your meal.  Canadian wines from the Niagara region of Ontario are excellent; so if you’re in the Niagara Falls area, be sure to try them.

Check their website for more information: http://www.napoliristorante.ca/

Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
5485 Ferry Street,
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: 905-356-3345


Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

A friend of mine gave me two bottles of this wine and they were excellent.  We enjoyed them with friends over a special pasta dinner that my wife prepared.

Specifically the wine was a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2006 DOCG from Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano Soc.Agr.  It was outstanding.  Here’s a link to information about these types of wine:  http://bit.ly/Ym41u2


Trattoria Mineo

Here’s a great little Italian restaurant near Berlin S-Bahnhof Halensee that offers authentic Sardinian-style cuisine.  A good friend of mine introduced me to this restaurant and I’ve been back several times.  Personalized service, Sardinian specialties (including wines from the region), and a cozy atmosphere make this a restaurant you’ll want to come back to many times.

I can recommend the Seafood Risotto as a starter.  It’s prepared perfectly!  My favorite main course is their Veal Saltimbocca.  Tender slices of veal wrapped in prosciutto in delightful sauce.  Molto buono!  For dessert, I have to recommend their Tiramisu.  It’s some of the best I’ve ever had.

If your visiting Berlin, Germany be sure to enjoy a nice dinner at Trattoria Mineo.  Reservations recommended.

Trattoria Mineo
Westfälische Strasse 51
10711 Berlin-Wilmersdorf
Telephone: +49 (0)30-89 04 37 86


Osteria da Tano

Excellent Italian cuisine served with warm and very friendly service in a local neighborhood (“Kiez” in German) just one block off the Ku’Damm in Berlin.  The fish is fresh and the pasta is cooked to perfection.  Summer is a great time to sit outside and enjoy the nice atmosphere at this local’s favorite while enjoying a nice glass of wine and some great Italian food.

One of my favorite starters is the Caprese Salad (Fresh sliced tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a fresh basil garnish).  For a main course, try the fresh fish with fresh tomato sauce alla Siciliana.  The sauce is bursting with flavor and complements the fish perfectly.  Delizioso!

Osteria da Tano is one of my favorite restaurants in Berlin.  Give it a try and see for yourself.

Osteria da Tano
Joachim-Friedrich-Strasse 33
10711 Berlin
Telephone: 49 (0)30-8909 5369


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



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



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