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A P U L I A N PA S TA :
Homemade, fresh and affordable TEXT: JULIËN L’ORTYE | PHOTOS: CASA SABATELLI
Imagine that you have been producing pasta as an Apulian family for more than 40 years, including producing for large companies. You are probably doing a great job of making delicious pasta, but perhaps you never get the appreciation you deserve. So, what do you do? Open up a pasta restaurant in beautiful Amsterdam, of course. At least, that is what Claudio Laporta thought when he founded Casa Sabatelli, a new Italian hotspot in the Dutch capital’s Kinkerbuurt: “We wanted to show our product directly to the customer. This side of Amsterdam, with the Foodhallen nearby, is perfect for us to start off.” We hear you thinking: homemade pasta, what is all the fuss about? Well, thanks to the Sabatelli’s extensive experience with pasta, they know exactly which variety of pasta goes with which sauce.
There is more, because of their own pasta production they are able to offer their superb dishes for even more superb prices. Besides that, eating pasta at Casa Sabatelli is ‘both a treat and healthy’, because of their special whole wheat pasta, made from an ancient grain that is grounded in Puglia. Laporta: “This place is like a part of Puglia, right here in Amsterdam. We offer a product of very high quality, paired with traditional knowledge and real passion about what pasta really is.”
At Casa, they have a very clear idea about marketing. Here you will not see any signs outside or high discounts to lure you inside, as Laporta does not think that is necessary. “We believe that all those things will devalue our food; the seats will fill themselves, as everyone that comes in always returns.” With such a highquality, affordable menu, it is not hard to see why. Web: www.casasabatelli.nl
SIT, VouzDouz, 70x70cm
Rebellion and freedom TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN | PHOTOS: KALLENBACH GALLERY
Quite unorthodox, but true to the arts it represents: the Kallenbach Gallery in Amsterdam shunned the overcrowded city centre and opted for the Schinkel: a raw and upcoming industrial area in the south. A pleasant surprise for Kallenbach’s visitors, an inspiration for the artists who work with the gallery. “I always wanted my own gallery, but to start one, you need a network of like-minded artists and collectors. I’m thrilled we made it happen and love curating the works of art on display,” begins Nanna Kassenaar. “Most of it is new contemporary art and there’s a common denominator for a lot of the artists we work with: they come from the graffiti and street art scene and evolved over time. What attracts me to that particular scene is the sense of rebellion and freedom. They can be schooled or autodidacts, I don’t care as long as their craft shines through their work.”
Kallenbach Gallery is a solid fixture at the international art fairs at Art Basel, Miami, New York. But Kassenaar is also proud of the many exhibitions held at Kallenbach, and singles out Berlin-based artist Jaybo Monk who’s on display at the gallery for the third time. The artist is currently on show with Van Gogh Ate My Dog; an ode to the Dutch master, a duo show with renowned American artist Dave Kinsey. As for upcoming shows: Dutch artist SIT has a solo show coming up in November.
Works by Dave Kinsey. Installation view, Van Gogh Ate My Dog.
Jaybo Monk, Something Without An Inside, Like A Stone, 100x120cm
Issue 44 | August 2017 | 17
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