Al Colosseo, Trattoria Restaurant in Berlin, A Review. From the Series “Europe is Hot – Berlin is on Fire!!!”

Where to eat in Berlin, Germany – Today, Italian! Restaurant Review

Update:  We returned in August 2017 – One year later

The Unfriendly server is no longer working in the restaurant.  The atmosphere is dramatically improved due to his absence.  Our server was a friendly young lady.  Food is still a very good quality and of course, delicious.

Orignal publish date:  August 2016

Pizza Paradiscom, Budapest, Hungary – Restaurant Review

Roadtrip: Europe Destination: Budapest, Hungary, Restaurant Review: Pizza Paradiscom

While on our European road trip, one of the cities we stayed in was beautiful Budapest.  In addition to seeing wonderful sights, we had the fabulous opportunity of attending a Formula One Race at the Hungaroring.

On our first evening, while looking for traditional Hungarian Goulash, we saw a busy restaurant on the side of the road.  Curious, we found a parking place behind it and went in to check the menu.

Oddly, although we had not seen the name of the place, it was called Pizza Paradiscom.  Now, I, as a foreigner visiting Budapest would say this is a completely misleading name.  The menu had a wide array of food, including many traditional Hungarian dishes – in addition to pizza.

Open 24 hours round the clock, we were surprised at the large amount of families, couples and friends eating and drinking while socializing.  Always taking that as a sign of a good restaurant, along with the good prices on the menu, we took one of the last tables for two on the patio.

A server with a smile was came almost immediately to our table asking in very broken english what we would like to drink.  I ordered a Radler (lemonade and beer mix) and my husband ordered a beer.  Within a few minutes, a beer was plopped on the table and a lovely, fresh looking minty drink.  I tasted it and confused, asked the server what it was, to which he replied with a smile something I did not understand.  He then took the menu and pointed to a name; I quickly google translated it and discovered it was a Pear Lemonade. Naja, close enough to beer lemonade ?.  Travel is great! The drink was good.

For dinner we ordered Szegedi Gulyasleves which is Goulash Soup.  A big bowl filled with a hearty stew arrived, along with a wonderful spicy paste and a basket of country style bread.  It was delicious!  Yum yum ?

The food left such a great impression, we went back 3 more times!  In addition to the goulash, we tried the Pork Knuckle baked with sheep cheese.  It had a wonderful flavour and texture, however, it was far too rich for my palate and I could only consume half of the serving.  I would recommend a salad with it to cut the richness.

We also ate a breakfast Club Sandwich on a morning when we met up with a friend along with double espresso lattes.  The sandwiches were huge – had to be consumed in layers – and very tasty, the latte perfect.

Great prices, great food, great service!!! Fabulous Place!

Information, current prices and an extensive menu are available on their website:

Address:  Pizza Paradiscom – Budapest, Vörösvári út 13, 1035 Hungary

Let us know in the comments below what your experience was!


Trattoria Portofino, Berlin – Italian Restaurant Review

Where to eat in Berlin? Review target: Italian restaurant Trattoria Portofino

Berlin has so many eating establishments – 4,650 – and counting! In this restaurant jungle, food flavor and quality are as extreme as the price ranges.  While we are generally on the search for small budget prices with a big taste, we often come across lower quality food.  How did Trattoria Portofino on Gubener Straße 48 fare?

Il Boccone d’Oro, Civitavecchia – Restaurant Review

Where to Eat in Civitavecchia, Italy

Civitavecchia (read about our experience), is a town around 82 km north west of Rome; it is the Port for Rome. 2017 will see cruise ships dock here a whopping 697 times (according to  That can add up to a lot of people looking for a spot to eat.  Following is my review of one of the restaurants we dined in, Il Boccone d’Oro, which translates to The Golden Bite.

For dinner our first evening in town, we went to the Italian restaurant conveniently located in front of the Piazza Calamatta Square.  I really liked the atmosphere with the rounded ceilings, brick and mortar, simplified setting – just like how good Italian food is – simple.

We ordered the following:
– Bottle of red wine: Aglianico Campania 2015 – Mastroberardino
– Bottle of water
– Italian white Bread with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pink sea salt
– Spaghetti Carbonara
– Bucotini Amictriana

The medium bodied Aglianico Campania, with hints of cherries and strawberries was good, although with an abv. of 12.5% it was under our usual preference of around 14%.  However, it did pair well with my dish.

As is usual in most Italian restaurants, we were served a bread basket which was accompanied with bottles of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pink sea salt.  It is incredible how amazing these flavors taste together.

My order of Bucotini Amictriana was incredibly delicious.  The perfectly al dente prepared spaghetti like pasta with a whole in the middle was topped with a rich tomato red sauce prepared with pork cheek, slightly spicy cheese and onion.  One bite of my husband’s Carbonara, which hails from Rome, mingled into a perfect creamy texture of eggs, bacon and cheese on top of spaghetti; also delicious.

We slowly enjoyed every morsel of our meals, all the while washing it down with the wine.  When all was gone, our waiter appeared with 2 Limoncello liqueurs as an after dinner digestivo.

Our bill came to a total of €38 – once again, expensive for Italy, but better than Rome ?  The relaxed, friendly atmosphere was nice and the food was very good – we would definitely go back.

Il Boccone D’Oro
Piazza Calamatta, 15,
00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy
Phone: +39 0766 26375

Links of Interest:
Civitavecchia Town – Out and about, what to see and do
Civitavecchia Photo Blog
Pizzeria A Due Passi Dal Ghetto, Civitavecchia – Review
B & B Fuori dal Porto, Civitavecchia – Review
Transportation – Getting out of Civitavecchia