If you’ve got cravings for incredible Italian food in Berlin and don’t want to break the bank, I’d recommend you check out Trattoria del Corso, a large and popular restaurant on the Hauptstrasse in Friedenau.
Where’s Friedenau you ask? Sandwiched between Schöneberg and Steglitz, it may not be a part of Berlin you’re familiar with but believe me, if you’re willing to venture (400m) outside the ring, you’ll be rewarded at Trattoria del Corso with some of the best Italian food in Berlin.
If you’re lucky, on a Berlin summer evening, you’ll get a table on the terrace to the side of the restaurant, covered with a series of large, white sun umbrellas. The waiting staff here are busy so don’t expect overly attentive service but they are friendly and generally efficient.
As in many Italian restaurants fresh bread is brought to the table with the drinks. It’s wonderfully soft and fluffy with a crisp and flavourful crust. Olive oil and Balsamico Vinegar are provided on the table for dipping.
The menu has a wide selection of Antipasti, Salads, Pizzas and Pasta dishes and don’t forget to check out the chef’s recommendations – an assortment of specials that changes weekly.
Unless you haven’t eaten for a week or plan to roll home I would suggest skipping the starters – the portions here are generous.
The pizzas are massive – so big in fact that the plates can’t contain them and you’ll need to bring your appetite to finish a whole one. As prices range from €6.80 to €8.30 this represents exceptional value for money. If you’re a fan of the spicy kick of chillies you’ll fall in love with the spicy pizza oil – the good news if you do is that you can take a bottle home for €12.50.
On a recent visit, Steffi opted to have the Pizza Diavola topped with an egg – the waiter didn’t bat an eyelid at the request and the total price was €8.30. The only disappointment, Steffi hadn’t brought her A-game and couldn’t eat it all!
I chose the Lamb Rump Steak with Rosemary potatoes and beans from the chef’s recommendations. The meat was perfectly cooked. It was tender and succulent and complemented perfectly by the vegetables and a light jus. I had no problem clearing my plate but felt full and satisfied afterwards.
So, make the most of the extensive and relatively inexpensive transport system in Berlin, take the S-Bahn (S41 / S42 / S45 / S46) or U-Bahn (U4) to Innsbrucker Platz, and treat yourself to delicious Italian food at Trattoria del Corso.