Right across from the Servite Church in the 9th district is a small Italian restaurant called La Pasteria. Usually without a reservation you won’t get a table but on this Tuesday we tried it nonetheless. Our first choice, the newly opened restaurant Kiang Wine & Dine, was closed despite differently announced opening times. Even better than that La Pasteria had a table available at this early hour (I really recommend to call ahead).
With a glass of rosé Prosecco we started on the amuse gueule, a slice of burrata with a sun-dried tomato, a caper and one heavenly tasty olive, served with still warm olive bread and foccacia (at least I think so; anyway it was some white bread which next to the olive bread tasted boring).
For a starter we had the Neapolitan fish soup and the home-made antipasti misti with a variety of fish specialties. The soup looked fantastic with its rich red color and texture, large chunks of fish and a slightly spicy aroma. The antipasti was good, the fish variety sparingly though and the zucchini bland.
As main course my friend had the ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta topped with two thick sirloin slices grilled to perfection while I chose the tagliolini with veal liver and porcini. My friend raved again about her dish whereas I bemoaned the fact that the sun-dried tomatoes and the olives overpowered the taste of the porcini. Also the liver was perfectly seared with a hint of pink still visible but some pieces were a bit too chewy.
The recommended wine though accompanied the dinner pleasantly and service was impeccable. About to leave the restaurant we received a glass of grappa which rounded the evening perfectly off. Yours, Pollybert