Si, si, I know that Il Tramezzino is world-famous in Amsterdam for its tramezzini, triangular sandwiches constructed from two slices of soft bread with the crusts removed and filled with Italian culinary highlights, such as mortadella and olives, pollo e peperoni and – my favorite – mackerel, truffles and radicchio. But today I would like to draw your attention to its home-made savoury pies. Recently I got hooked on the torta salata featuring spinach, ricotta, raisins and toasted pine nuts. It’s the combination of salt and sweet that adds panache to this pie. If you’ve ever had Palermo’s trademark dish, pasta with wild fennel, sardines, raisins and pine nuts, you have experienced the same sensation – well sort of. It’s the kind of pie that shouts for a talk about the exquisite simplicity of Italian cuisine. Dare to indulge in some serious moments of la dolce far niente at this peaceful spot in the bustling Haarlemmerstraat. If needed, an espresso of one of the best and oldest Italian coffee brands, Caffè Vergnano, will bring you back to reality in a split second.
Torta salata with spinach and ricotta, one piece, €4.25
Haarlemmerstraat 79, City Centre (Haarlemmerbuurt)
+31 (0) 20 770 71 31
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9.30am-5pm