September 11, 2008

Munich, Nero Pizza & Lounge

The exciting thing about traveling is to discover new things. Even back in what I used to call home, I come across new gems each time. Last Sunday a friend of mine brought us to Nero Pizza & Lounge. Perfectly located in a quite street within the city center, it is convenient enough to walk to without attracting the often irritating tourist crowd. Upon entering you find yourself in a room with high ceilings, big light balls and a beautiful lighted wall of green glass. Long wooden tables and benches invite to some socializing, but you may also choose one of the cozy tables for a romantic dinner. As the name of the place implies, there is also a lounge area for some cocktails and chillaxing in the mezzanine overlooking the restaurant. But pizza would have to be the lead actor in this play. An extensive menu of beautiful sounding names such as Umbrichella, Sfilacci and Strachetti lead to mouth-watering expectations. And you won’t be disappointed. The pizzas are baked in a special oven; making them perfectly thin and crisp. Nero claims to use mainly original Italian products such as buffalo mozzarella from Campania, flour from Umbria and truffles straight from Norcia.

D and I shared the Solare salad (8,50€) for appetizers. The arugula salad had tasty sundried tomatoes and plenty of buffalo mozzarella cheese and came with Nero’s homemade house dressing. We then halved a Strachetti pizza (11,80€) with slices of beef tenderloin, arugula, tomatoes, mozzarella, garlic and rosemary. It was simply delicious! Verdict: The menu is an eclectic mix of classics and innovative pizzas (think horse meat!), the drink list includes every cocktail you could wish for. The service was surprisingly attentive and friendly, which isn’t always the case in Germany. The setting is modern with dark woods to warm it up. The prices range within Munich standard. Overall, Nero is a restaurant that serves high quality Italian food in a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere.

Nero Pizza & Lounge
Rumfordstr. 34, Munich
Tel: +49 89 21019060
Subway Station: Isartor

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