Da Baffi came, saw and conquered the stomachs of this city back in 2011. And all from the unlikeliest of Wedding footholds too. Not content with being emperor of the night, however, they have also now opened a sister lunchtime spot – bringing their whisker-licking cuisine down to Kreuzberg 36.
Uncovering an absolute gem of a property – dating back to 1870 when it used to be a butcher’s shop – the pristine mosaiques and carved wooden ceiling of Salumeria Lamuri make for an extraordinary setting. Even if it is just for a morning espresso or afternoon biscotti.
That said, as with most Italians, food takes pride of place here. The menu changes every day and usually consists of a well-honed selection of soups, salads, panini, pastas and risottos; plus one more substantial secondo dish. It’s all rivetingly fresh and soul-soothingly good – the gooey spinach, gorgonzola and walnut risotto, for example, having just the right amount of blue-cheese kick.
For those inspired by the experience to take their home-cooking beyond the ready-made tortellini and pesto stage, luckily it also operates as a delicatessen, peddling a bunch of fine pastas, wines and whatnot. Just in time too, seeing as the neighborhood Netto across the street recently burned to the ground.