Berlin's 'Lavanderia Vecchia': Authentic Italian Dining In Neukoelln : NPR FM Berlin Blog NPR Berlin's New Food Blogger Sabrina Small Visits Neukoelln's 'Lavanderia Vecchia'

Berlin's 'Lavanderia Vecchia': Authentic Italian Dining In Neukoelln

Lavanderia Vecchia is located on Flughafen Str. 46 Courtesy of Lavanderia Vecchia hide caption

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Thirteen courses sounds like a decadent, over-the-top display of hedonism, but when it's done right, the results can be thrilling and energizing.

Diners at Lavanderia Vecchia begin with a soup-shot of summer tomato broth, with a single roasted Pomodoro tomato at the bottom, and end with a glass of house-imported Grappa. In between, there are delicious, supremely executed delicacies like Vitello Tonnato and risotto with Porcini mushrooms.

With all the wannabe Italian eateries in this city, it's a rare experience to taste the real thing, and the owners have made every effort to ensure an authentic experience.

They provide wine and olive oil from Tuscany under their own Sabine label and decorate the tucked away courtyard (that once housed a laundromat) with hanging laundry and washing machines.

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After receiving an MLA in Gastronomy, Sabrina Small changed gears from academia to hands-on cooking. Her experience has extended from cheesemongering in Baltimore to mushroom foraging in Oregon. Since moving to Berlin in 2007, she has worked primarily as a cultural journalist. Her articles are featured in Gastronomica, Heeb, Ex-Berliner and the on-line magazine Sugarhigh.

Her musings on food and ephemera can most recently be found at