We just moved a short walk from Fellini's. We like to explore the city looking for new places to dine and one night I was craving pasta. We passed so many places that weren't open for dinner yet or not open at all. So we continued to walk, stopping in shops and hoping to kill time for someplace to open. We turned the corner to see this place just getting started for dinner service. First to arrive and sort of out of place - no reservation, casually dressed we were welcomed with open arms. Our coats taken, light conversation, a charming German Italian walk through of the large hand written menu and drinks suggested. Just sitting and waiting in anticipation at this restaurant is a treat. The dining room is filled with antiques, paintings, photographs and very elite looking diners pour in knowing everyone and choosing their favorite wines. Frankly, we thought we'd intruded on a very exclusive party of area socialites and they just let us stay! A negroni and a aperol spritz later we were greeted with a gratis opener, then came the carpaccio and soon the pasta with Calabrian peppers with a sauce curated and loved with butter and wine. The prestige was a seafood plate with not one but three items including two filets and a large langoustine. Then came dessert profiteroles stuffed with both cream and chocolate and a panna cotta that was beyond. We had wine pairings and finished with espresso and limoncello. Our server handed us a card explaining his brother was in the kitchen and offering us to come again. It was just the cutest finish to a whimsical dinner and we felt so grateful to find such a stunning place near our new home. We basically had a tasting menu with friends in a beautiful restaurant and the cost was on par with a prix fixe but without a reservation and it being a totally random selection it was perfection. We plan on making this our special occasion and wow the parents restaurant going forward. If in Cologne/Köln this is the place but make a reservation and dress up a lil!
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