Spaghetteria in Amsterdam is the place to be for pasta! It’s my very favourite Italian pasta restaurant and I can day-dream about their ‘Spaghetti alla vongole’. Every week they offer six traditional Italian pasta dishes on their menu. Nothing more, nothing less. Three recipes will stay and three will change every week. You’ll get fresh bread with it, chili pepper infused olive oil, a glass of wine and (if you want) a side salad. For dessert there is either Tiramisu or Scroppino. That’s all. No difficult starters, no choice of ten side dishes or desserts. Just real, honest homemade (in their own ‘Laboratory’ homemade) Italian pasta with fresh, organic ingredients! I love Spaghetteria. Scroll down for a good impression of my favourite location in Amsterdam-West.
What makes Spaghetteria so popular?
It’s difficult to say what makes this place so attractive. Maybe the long, casual wooden family tables you sit at (and meet new people!)? The casual lightning and pleasant atmosphere? The fresh and homemade pasta dishes, created by memories, love, skills, acknowledge and passion of chef Stefano Cavalleri? Is the secret the friendly (and handsome) boys in service and kitchen? Or the simple concept, with good food for incredible cheap prices? Is it the perfect tiramisu and espresso, to finish your evening with? I don’t know what it is with Spaghetteria. Probably it’s a combination of all factors, but I love the place and can easily eat here once a week. And that the whole year around.
It’s Pasta time, baby!
Favourite pastas for me are the pastas with seafood: ‘Spaghetti alla Vongole’, with clams, chilli, garlic, olive oil and parsley, or the one with mussels. The classic vegetarian pasta ‘Ricce all’ arrabbiata’ (with spicy tomato sauce, garlic and Pecorino Romano). The ‘Cresce di gallo con salsiccia Toscana classic’ (with Toscan traditional pork sausage and mushrooms, red onion and Grano Padano) is also a favourite. A nice detail: all pastas at Spaghetteria are home made. The flower they use is the organic Farino ‘Tipo 0’ flower, from Italy. They do all sorts of pasta, not only the penne and spaghetti you can order everywhere. Fusilli, cannelloni, ravioli, ricce, pappardelle, gnochhi or conchiglioni; they make it all. All different sorts of pasta have their own shape, preparation method, cooking time and ingredients (as in vegetables, dairy, fish or meat) that goes well with it.
Mussels, extra virgin olive oil and a side salad with radices, rucola and Parmigiana. Flavour town!
What I also like about Spaghetteria is that you can order all pastas half portion. Ideal for children, and also if you’d like to try two pastas and can’t make up your mind.
The only thing you can order at Spaghetteria other than wine and beer is espresso. That’s right. No tea, no cappuccino or normal coffee. Espresso it is. With a small piece of dark chocolate, that intensifies the flavour of the strong, short coffee. Oh, and limoncello or grappa they have – on the side. Gotta love it..
…especially when combined with their perfect Tiramisu: light, fluffy, the right amount of cacao and cake, the right amount of cream…. I call it ‘Tiramisu for professionals’.
Organic, seasonal and environment-conscious
In the Spaghetteria kitchen they find it important to have respect for nature and earth. Therefore they use organic products – for example their Farino ‘Tipo 0′ flower -, where they make their different pastas from, is totally organic and from a farm in Emilio Romagna (Italy). Also their vegetables (seasonal), burrata and ricotta (organic), fish, crustaceans and shellfish (with certification, always in season), meat (organic, free range or game meat) are natural and mostly organic. Anno 2017 I think it’s necessary to all work together for a better, greener, cleaner world. Spaghetteria is environment-conscious, organic and seasonal and that is another reason to love the place.
“Vi aspettiamo tutti per un buon piatto di pasta in Spaghetteria”
(“we welcome you all for a good plate of pasta at Spaghetteria”)
Spaghetteria pasta bar has four locations, three in Amsterdam (Van Woustraat 123, Jan Hanzenstraat 32 and Prettoriussstraat 72) and one in Utrecht (Wittenvrouwensingel 44). All location are open every day from 17.00h onwards. Spaghetteria is inexpensive, with an average price for a main course pasta of 12,50 euro, a beer or a glass of wine for 3,50 euro and an espresso for 1,50 euro. Table water, bread, olive oil comes free with a meal. They operate with a no reservation policy, but with a little patience (or early dinner) there is always space for you (I love the ‘no reservations’ policy!) Click here for the website of Spaghetteria.