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Purely Italian TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK  |  PHOTOS: ROSETTA’S KITCHEN

The phrase ‘from grandmother’s kitchen’ takes quite a literal meaning at Rosetta’s Kitchen: this restaurant – named after owner Vincent Calonaci’s grandmother - has taken the best part of Italy to Amsterdam-West by serving up delicacies and an ambiance reflecting the true Italy. ‘Cuichine povero’: this is how owner Calonaci describes his restaurant’s cuisine. “The Italian kitchen takes pride in excelling in simplicity, using a few staple ingredients,” he says. “Instead of creating fuss on a plate, we honour the traditional Italian kitchen with timeless dishes that let the pure ingredients speak for themselves.” A philosophy translated to the menu, with dishes like Tagliate di Manzo (slices of short-grilled beef, served on lettuce and finished with slices of Parmesan cheese) and Pasta Vongole (pasta with fresh shell clams) being house classics. With the sounds of vivacious banter and clinking glasses, not to mention the warm inte-

rior, the atmosphere at Rosetta’s Kitchen is just as Italian as the menu. “That is an Italian thing,” Calonaci continues. “As soon as you step in, you feel the warmth. You feel part of the family.” Of course, a good glass of wine is essential for an Italian night out. The menu is beautifully complemented with wines that are exclusively sourced in Italy, which can also be enjoyed during the traditional ‘aperitivo’: the moment in the afternoon when Italians meet up for cocktails, small bites and good conversation. Rosetta’s Kitchen opened its doors in 2015, and has made high waves since. With enormous praise (both online and offline), the cosy Amsterdam-West restaurant draws locals and tourists alike, as long as they visit for the right thing: true Italian food in an authentic ambiance. Web: www.facebook.com/ rosettaskitchenamsterdam

Amsterdam’s best-kept secret TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK  |  PHOTOS: DE GOUDEN REAEL

In the heart of Amsterdam, yet seemingly miles away from the city’s chaos, lies De Gouden Reael. Located on perhaps the most beautiful part of the Western Islands, this international restaurant has translated its characteristic surroundings to its cuisine and ambiance. The typically Dutch canal house provides us with high expectations of what is inside. Built in 1648 as a residence by the Family Reael (mayors of Amsterdam), the Gouden Reael has served as an inspiration for novels, and as a restaurant since 1978. “De Gouden Reael has

such a rich history,” says head chef and owner Robert Peppelenbos. “Several famous chefs have started their career here and Jan Mens – a successful mid-20th century writer – even wrote a bestseller titled De Gouden Reael.” The cuisine can be best defined as classic French, with a great focus on local produce: think vegetables from local farms and fish from the North Sea. Guests can opt for a sixcourse menu, which includes classics such as lamb shoulder or rotisserie ‘haantje’ (rooster). “We prepare most of our meat rotisserie style,” Peppelenbos continues. “If you make it that way, you’ll retain that pure taste.” The

extensive wine list is a beautiful addition to the menu: exclusive yet accessible wines from all over Europe. Many wines are listed per glass for a friendly price, so a mini-tasting is certainly in order. Although De Gouden Reael is relatively small, guests are anything but crammed. The ambiance reminds us of a cosy, Dutch living room from bygone times - the term ‘old soul’ as used by Peppelenbos is maybe the best way to describe it. Web: www.goudenreael.nl

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Discover Benelux, Issue 44, August 2017  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Discover Benelux, Issue 44, August 2017  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.