Discover Benelux, Issue 32, August 2016

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Discover Benelux | Top Food, Drink & Sleep Spots | North & West Amsterdam

Relaxation and enjoyment, Italian style TEXT: MICHIEL STOL | PHOTOS: CIRO… PASSAMI L’OLIO!

What better way to relax after a stroll through the beautiful Vondelpark, the Van Gogh Museum, the Concerthal and DeLaMar Theater or across the Leidseplein, than to sit down and enjoy a homemade meal and a fine glass of Italian wine at Ciro… Passami L’Olio! restaurant. “We really want you to feel as if you were in Italy,” tells Alexandra Plumb, one of the four owners. “Fabrizio, Fabio, Ciro and I worked together in another restaurant, but we all felt we wanted to own one ourselves. So in 2008 we started with Ciro… Passami L’Olio!,” explains Plumb. “The name comes from an Italian saying. It means ‘Ciro… Pass me the oil’. It is something our chefs say a lot.” All their chefs are from Italy, like most of the staff. “They are from different places in Italy, so that brings a variety of recipes for our meals, like the 66 | Issue 32 | August 2016

truffle or lobster. All our ingredients are fresh and eco-friendly.” Ciro… Passami L’Olio! is like a Tuscan winery. It really gives you the feel of Tuscany; a relaxing place where you can enjoy a great homemade meal. “We have a small restaurant here in the Tweede Helmersstraat, one of the smaller streets of Amsterdam, which makes it more relaxing. It really fits here, and with all the museums and theatres around us, it is a great place to either start or end your evening.” To create that relaxing feeling even more, Ciro… Passami L’Olio! plays jazz music in the background. “Just to make you more at ease.” The Tuscan winery that Ciro… Passami L’Olio! strives to be is also visible in their wine selection. Wines from all over Italy are available by the glass, with top

selections from Tuscany and Piemont. Prices for their best wines range from 100 to 2,000 euros per bottle. Plumb: “There is a wine for everyone. A lot of local people from around come to us especially for the wines. On the walls of the restaurant, we have displayed the wines. Every wall is covered with them. It started with 600 different bottles, but now it reaches almost 1,000.” With high-quality food, wine and service, Ciro… Passami L’Olio! is a little bit of Italy in Amsterdam. “We are very personal; you are not a number with us. We want you to feel at home, where you can relax and enjoy a great Italian meal and an even better Italian wine after enjoying the city.” CiroPassamiLolio.Amsterdam