Foodie alert For lOVers OF authentiC Italian Food!
I couldn’t be happier that Ristorente Pepenero has opened up in Amsterdam Oost. An authentic Italian enoteca around the corner from my house – in walking distance, no less! Now, don’t expect any pizzas on the menu here, instead they serve up delicious Italian dishes made with authentic Italian ingredients. For example, when I took my guy to Ristorante Enoteca Pepenero Amsterdam for the first time, the owner Marco told me that the delivery guys bring the ‘groceries’ right over form Italy a few times a week. It’s not about being hip at Ristorante Pepenero (which is on the Eerste Oosterparkstraat on the corner of Weesperzijde) – it’s about good food and great wines. Reserve a table around eight-thirty so you can stay at the table the whole night. Start off with a glass of prosecco and close out the night with a bit of limoncello or, even better, a scroppino made according to tradition, right at your table. So good!
Menu x Ristorante Enoteca Pepenero
The menu at this new Italian restaurant in Amsterdam is varied and filled with fantastic dishes. If you’d like to share an appetiser then the antipasto misto alla Pepe Nero is definitely the way to go! The eggplant is so good that I still think about it; same goes for the vitello and the smoked mozzarella. Make sure you don’t eat too much during the day, because you’ve got to do as the Italians do and have some pasta as a side. The spaghetti al Parmigiano con pomodorini is delicious! They top it off with fresh parmesan cheese right at the table. Haven’t seen that in a while! After that, we ordered the filetto di manzo with a black truffle sauce. OH MY. AND it’s around the corner from my house. It’s perfect, because sometimes you just want more options than pizza when you’re in the mood for Italian food. By the time we got our scroppino, the whole restaurant was full. To make sure you get a table, you should call ahead and reserve at 020-6633276. Enjoy!
THINGS TO DO:
⋙ Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
⋙ A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
⋙ The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
⋙ Visit Artis Royal Zoo
⋙ Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
⋙ Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
⋙ Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
⋙ MOCO Museum for street art
⋙ Photography museum FOAM
⋙ Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
⋙ Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
⋙ Red Light District tour
⋙ Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
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Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
☾ The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
☾ Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
VERY VERY NICE // €€
☾ Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
☾ Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
☾ Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
☾ Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
☾ Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
☾ INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
☾ The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
☾ Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
☾ Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
☾ QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
☾ Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.
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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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Eerste Oosterparkstraat 3Amsterdam (Amsterdam East)