Authentic Italian food in Amsterdam

The northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna is home to local specialities that define Italian cuisine worldwide, such as Parma ham, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and pastas such as lasagne, tortelloni and tortellini - dishes which you'll find in abundance at Al Ninen. There’s delicate tagliatelline in brodo with shaved truffle and hearty lasagne Bolognese, made the traditional way with besciamella sauce and rich, meaty ragout which, we’re told, is slow cooked for 6 hours according to the custom of di mama. Don’t miss the toasted tigella (round stone-baked sandwiches from Modena), topped with mascarpone, honey and walnuts or Italian charcuterie and cheese.

Simple decor

Don’t expect anything fancy: the décor is unfussy and rustic, with only two tables in the back and a few bar stools by the kitchen. The walls are lined with regional wines, vinegars, oils and preserves from small Emilian producers and Venchi chocolates. There’s also a brick-faced deli counter bursting with Italian hams, where you can purchase take-away meals.