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A glass to unwind As animated conversations rise from the tables outside, it is easy to spot diVino along the cosy streets of De Jordaan. The wine bar and restaurant is tucked away on a quiet junction, a stone’s throw from Amsterdam’s bustling centre. Here, guests can unwind and enjoy some of Italy’s best food and wine. diVino combines beautiful, top-quality wines with authentic Italian food of the highest level, but at an affordable price. “Guests are welcome to stay the whole night and enjoy our wines, all produced by small, family-run farms in Italy,” says owner Charlotte Bon. Aside from traditional antipasti, diVino also serves main courses, freshly made every day by their Italian chef. “Our best dishes include the hand-rolled ravioli, as well as our meat and cheese platter with some fantastic salamis and cheeses,” explains head of business and daughter Britt. Guests will immediately feel at ease in diVino, as the bright, inviting interior is decorated with beautiful paintings and fresh flowers.
TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: DIVINO
“We combine Dutch cosiness with Italian hospitality to create a personal and warm atmosphere. Our priority is making sure every guest is fully satisfied when they leave.” A special wine that diVino just introduced is the ‘Message in a Bottle’ range of three eco-friendly wines – a chianti, rosé and a red – all made from grapes grown on the singer Sting’s Italian estate. Charlotte explains: “Before inheriting the building from my parents half a year ago, I was a musician and having these wines shows that link.” The bar also offers wine tastings, hosted by diVino’s own qualified vinologist. Located on the Boomstraat, diVino is open daily from 4pm to 11pm.
Owner Charlotte and daughter Britt Bon, head of business.
Stellar steak and salads BLACK and BLUE knows what it does best: serving up superlative steaks and the most delicious salads in Amsterdam. Add a fine wine and laid-back ambiance to that list, and you now understand the continuous praise this charming Jordaan restaurant receives. A tender piece of organic Black Angus steak is grilled above charcoal in BLACK and BLUE’s special Josper grill barbecue oven before it is brought to the table on a rustic looking wooden plank, accompanied by homemade sauce and freshly cut fries. The satisfied look of the guest who ordered it and is sipping his matching wine says enough: BLACK and BLUE equals enjoyment. “BLACK and BLUE means a relaxed evening accompanied by excellent food and beautiful wines,” says restaurant manager Sadie Alferink. “Our personnel play an important role in setting the mood: they make you feel right at home.” All meat served at BLACK and BLUE is organic and of absolute top quality. Alongside classics such as the Black Angus tenderloin 18 | Issue 44 | August 2017
TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: BLACK AND BLUE
and the flat iron stake, the restaurant serves fish courses and delicious desserts (do not leave without trying the Death by Chocolate: chocolate fondant and vanilla ice cream). Also popular is Let’s Surf It, where you can combine your dish with half a lobster. Its friendly ambiance and stunning steaks have gained BLACK and BLUE a beloved reputation in Amsterdam, allowing the restaurant to serve a highly diverse audience. “Do vegetarians visit us? Definitely. We have some delicious vegetarian dishes on the menu!” Web: www.steakrestaurantamsterdam.nl
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