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Nothing is more Italian except for Italy itself TEXT: BERTHE VAN DEN HURK | PHOTOS: DA GEPPETTO
“When an Italian would come to the restaurant right after his arrival in the Netherlands, he or she will still believe they are in Italy.” And truth to be told, owner Giuseppe managed to create a place which cannot be more Italian, except for Italy itself. Located at the magnificent market square in the city centre, Da Geppetto is a household name in the Dutch city of Maastricht, ever since it opened in 1985. It is a family restaurant which serves only authentic and true Italian dishes. Giuseppe: “All the products we use are imported from Italy; the flour, the coffee, the wine, the buffalo mozzarella. No synthetic cheeses, only the real deal. Even the staff is solely Italian.” 28 | Issue 24 | December 2015
The restaurant looks Italian without being stereotypical; a modern and trendy design that has an intimate ambiance. “We want to stand out from other Italian restaurants not only by our capacity or ambiance, but especially by our food. The recipes we use are over 30 years old, we make almost everything ourselves, and all the food is of the highest quality.” The restaurant specialises in large groups, provides a fast and friendly service and offers the best Italian food from far and wide.
ther training, whether it is in cooking or the Dutch language.
Giuseppe takes great care of the restaurant and its staff. Within a few months two new chefs will arrive from Italy, who are currently attending professional culinary training. Giuseppe believes it is important to invest in your staff by offering them fur-
Da Geppetto has a special offer for anyone who makes a reservation via the website in December; a free glass of Prosecco and a Panetonne (a typical Italian biscuit).
Starting in March next year, the restaurant will have a new menu every three months. Which means that many dishes offered are seasonal. Giuseppe: “We will still offer the pizzas we have had all these years, but we also want to try new things. We are constantly looking for new recipes and the latest trends from Italy, to continue to differentiate ourselves.”
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