Pasta made by Italians, you don’t have to fly to Italy to eat just that. You’ll just go to 1 of the 3 Spaghetteria s in Utrecht! We went to the, very conveniently located, Spaghetteria at the Korte Koestraat. At the restaurant all the pasta is made by locals from the land famous for the carbohydrate food. And to make it more exotic, the kitchen staff at the Spaghetteria doesn’t speak a word of Dutch, multo benne no?
Italians only in the kitchen of the Spaghetteria Utrecht
We pay a visit to the Korte Koestraat, in the kitchen, you’ll find real Italians because, as the manager told us, they’ve learned how to cook proper Italian food from their Nonna since they were very little. While we’re talking to him the kitchen staff happily jabbers away in Italian and we get to watch the pasta making from up close. About 10 or 15 plates are put on the counter and 2 pans filled with gooey ravioli are loaded up on the plates. One of the waiters tops it off with some bread and freshly ground parmesan and the dishes are ready to be served. At high speed, the next batch follows, this time it’s the spaghetti that needs to be loaded onto plates. Mesmerized (and very in the way of all personnel) we are looking at the chefs preparing the food.
Just 6 pasta’s to choose from
At the Spaghetteria it is pasta o’clock all day every day. You won’t find pizza on the menu and cappuccino is a big no-no. Six dishes are spelled out, the ravioli with truffle ( my choice), pappardelle with deer in red wine and spaghetti al chitarra alle vongole are among the choices al carte when we get there. The food is served to you at one of the long wooden tables in the place. Pasta is to be shared with a lot of people seems to be the general message, and we couldn’t agree more. We chat a bit with the couple next to us ( it is Valentine’s day and the place is chock full), but after that, we just enjoy our meal and talk to each other.
Spaghetteria: Must be good in Spring and Summer
In Spring a large terrace (12 or 16 tables as I recall) arises in front of the Spaghetteria at de Korte Koe, the wall will be covered in ivy and light bulbs give the alley an even more romantic feeling. Must be good to have a romantic dinner or fine with friends! Nevertheless; the pasta place is great in winter too when you are just as much a fan of pasta as we are!
- Eat pasta like the Italians do, rich in flavour and just yum
- It is nice to wine and dine at a large table, it surely reminded us of Italy
- Great in Summer: outside terrace in a romantic setting
- If you think you’ll find pizza here? Think again, it is pasta all the way!
- The options are limited, but you’ll probably find something you’ll like
More about the Spaghetteria
Location: Wittevrouwensingel 44 or Korte Koestraat 4. The third establishment will open at the Adriaen van Ostadelaan 22 in March 2019.
Opening hours: Monday till Sunday from 5 pm
Price: The price of a pasta is between 10 and 15 €.
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