In the heart of the Jordaan you’ll find Amsterdam’s Little Italy. For some excellent scoops of Italian ice cream I stop at Monte Pelmo (Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat). Cute Hostaria, one of my favourite Italian restaurants, is a couple of meters away. Walk to the Tweede Tuindwarsstraat and you’ll find a highly popular pizzeria with an enormous wood-fuelled brick oven: La Perla. On the opposite side of the street La Perla also has a relaxed and a bit overlooked lunch spot for those in need of pasta and sandwiches. The array of pasta changes weekly, but the sandwich list at Caffè La Perla is the same the whole year through. Love that, since a month without my beloved baguette with mozzarella and finnocchiona cinta senese is a lost month. Picture chunks of genuine buffalo mozzarella from the Italian area of Campana, ultra thin slices of a refined salami seasoned with fennel seed and drops of the fruitiest olive oil. A combination that makes you go hmmm.
Caffè La Perla
Baguette with mozzarella and fennel seed salami, one, €7.50
Tweede Tuindwarstraat 53, City Centre (Jordaan)
+31 (0) 20 624 88 28
Opening hours lunch: Monday-Sunday 10am-4pm