San Rocco Restaurant and Cocktailbar on Prenzlauer Berg is the latest kid in the Italian family restaurants of its creator and founder, Rocco Arena. He started his venture with his renowned restaurant in Manhattan NY, then turned to Alicante and Valencia, as well as back to his hometown Milano and the italian capital Roma, before opening up last November in Berlin. When we entered the place last Friday with my friends Anne and Claudi, we first sat at the bar, watching Fabio Brusco, – 2016 Worldwide Bartender Champion – mixing like a magician on his epic cocktails. We let him decide what to create and I get a delicious Blood e Tonic, consisting of Gin Mare, fresh lemon juice, black salt and pepper mix, white tomato foam, and 1724 Tonic Water, while the ladies enjoy a Water Lilly Cocktail and a Negroni – also very nice.
Then we were lead to our table right next to the impressing pizza oven, waiting for some bruscetta, a small salad and some chickpea soup to snack along with our drinks. We snack from each other and all antipasti are very tasty and special. As restaurant chef Masimo Mata comes to our table, we ask what is the special thing about San Rocco and he explains, that chef de la cuisine Lorenzo Vignati gives Italian classics a very individual taste and always works with the best ingediences. So I choose the Spaghetti Carbonara and get them fresh mixed and spiced right at the table – impressing and just perfect. Anne goes for fresh fish from the daily menue and Claudi gets a special plate for vegetarians. And when we finally sat down for Tiramisu and Espresso under the glittering Rocco picture and find out, that this was handmade by his friend Christian Louboutin, we all of a sudden feel sexy in the city and will sure be back for another great night out.
San Rocco Restaurant Berlin
Greifswalder Straße 227, D-10405 Berlin