In Munich, our hunger for the Mediterranean cuisine has given us around 600 restaurants that cook Tuscan, Ligurian or Venetian food.
You immediately feel like being in a big Italian living room when entering the traditional restaurant, which opened in 1890. The stylish interior with its dark furniture, low light and palm trees is the perfect location for a romantic dinner. The menu offers all the classics of Italian cuisine in top quality (without foams, crowns or silly balsamic vinegar decorations on the edge of the plate) and at reasonable prices. This is not a place to have a quick dinner – this is a place to spend the whole evening.
Opened in: 1890
Special features: Picturesque, canopied courtyard. Wine menu with more than 350 types of Italian wine.
Location: Schellingstraße 62, 80799 Munich, www.osteria.de
Opening hours: Mon.-Sat. 12.00am-2.30pm / 6.30pm-11.00pm
Mario has been serving his guests for more than 45 years at probably the oldest pizzeria in Munich (he even had a piece of table sawn out to give frequent guest Franz-Josef Strauß a little more belly space). The waiters are friendly and attentive and like to give humorous comments on what people have ordered. It is advisable to book a table for lunch and dinner, as the 37 tables tend to fill up quickly with regulars. A positive aspect of the slightly dated interior: it keeps out the in-crowd.
Opened in: 1966 Special features: Impressive dough-wielding pizza bakers. Excellent espresso. Charming terrace. A few vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu.
Location: Adalbertstraße 15, 80799 Munich
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-0.30am
Because the ristorante was so small when it first opened, it was given the name of La Cambusa (the galley). Meanwhile, Umberto Nasuti’s ristorante has expanded, and merely the wooden ships on the walls and the brass ship’s lamps are reminiscent of that time. The menu offers good traditional fare on a very high level and includes seasonal offers. The staff are always attentive, the waiters are often up for a banter, and even first-time guests are given the feeling of belonging to the family.
Opened in: 1969 Special features: The chef is happy to fulfil special wishes on request. Suitable for children, as the owner is very family friendly. Heated conservatory seats 110 guests.
Location: Cosimastraße 4, 81927 Munich, www.lacambusa.de
Opening hours: Daily 11.00am-1.00am
This romantic restaurant with its elegant Italian atmosphere is located in a dream spot near Nymphenburg Palace. The fish and sea food menu is excellent – often with unusual side dish combinations and interesting herbs and spices. The highlight in summer is the terrace, which overlooks the Nymphenburg Canal. You won’t find more Italian flair outside Italy anywhere.
Opened in: 1971 Special features: Varying themed evenings (e.g. truffles).
Location: Ferdinand-Maria-Straße 51, 80639 Munich, www.canalgrande-ristorante.de
Opening hours: Mon.-Fri. 11.30am-1.30pm / 6.00pm-11.00pm, Sat. / Sun. 11.30am-11.00pm
This trattoria is located quite inconspicuously on the ground floor of the Pharao Haus. The interior is very stylish, light and friendly, with many pictures on the walls. On warm days, people can sit on the cosy terrace under olive trees and enjoy their food at tables with classic Italian red and white checked tablecloths. The cheerful cameriere make sure the atmosphere is always relaxed. The excellent fish dishes are particularly worth mentioning, as are the crispy pizzas, which are stone-baked in a real Neapolitan oven. Dolce-Tip: try the peach tiramisu!
Opened in: 1975 Special features: Varying fish menu on Tuesday evenings. Once a month: tasting menu for two people. Monthly cookery courses.
Location: Fritz-Meyer-Weg 55, 81925 Munich, www.ristorante-caruso.de
Opening hours: Mon./Tue./Thu./Fri./Sat./Sun. 11.30am-3.00pm / 6.00pm-midnight
In 2013, Der Katzlmacher celebrated its 30th anniversary. Giorgia Cherubini’s osteria is a place of fine Italian dining and only has authentic Italian dishes on the menu, among them many specialities from the Friuli region. The staff are competent, attentive and friendly, the atmosphere is exuberantly Italian. The menu is presented to the guests at the table in a huge baroque picture frame.
Opened in: 1983 Special features: Changing art exhibitions. Gluten-free products. Food intolerances are taken into consideration.
Location: Bräuhausstraße 6, 80331 Munich, www.der-katzlmacher.com
Opening hours: Mon.-Fri. 12.00am-3.00pm / 06.30pm-1.00am, Sat. 6.30pm-1.00am
This insider’s tip, located in the Klinikviertel district, has hardly changed since it opened more than 25 years ago. This is highly gratifying and shows consistency. The menu is made up of creative Florentine dishes, always made perfectly and of top quality ingredients. Both the interior and the staff are refreshingly plain (no “Buena sera, dottore”). A typical feature are the white paper tablecloths, which are cut from a big reel. People are welcome to sketch and doodle on them, and often the bill is totted up on the tablecloth, too.
Opened in: 1985 Special features: Own cookbook. Paper tablecloths from a big reel. Tranquil summer terrace.
Location: Goethestraße 41, 80336 Munich
Opening hours: Mon.-Fri. 11.30am-11.00pm, Sat. 12.00am-3.00pm / 6.00-11.00pm