My Ber­lin

Shar­ing her pas­sion for Ital­ian food and Ber­lin.

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - Luisa Gian­nitti

What brought you to Ber­lin, and how did you end up open­ing your own fine foods store?

I took Ger­man stud­ies in univer­sity, in both Italy and Ger­many, and dur­ing my stud­ies it was im­me­di­ately clear that I wanted to move to Ber­lin. This city, the peo­ple, the culture, and the men­tal­ity al­ways fas­ci­nated me. I stud­ied busi­ness at Ber­lin’s Free Univer­sity and then worked as a mar­ket­ing man­ager for var­i­ous com­pa­nies. I founded LuisaKocht at the end of 2013, and fig­ured out early on that I wanted to have my own store too. I wanted to cre­ate a place where peo­ple can not only get hard-tofind Ital­ian prod­ucts, but also take a real Ital­ian ex­pe­ri­ence home with them.

You’ve said that your shop is about bring­ing a piece of the south­ern Ital­ian lifestyle to this city.

We of­fer the very best that south Ital­ian cui­sine has to of­fer at the mo­ment. Not just with the top-qual­ity prod­ucts that we have in stock, but also with the know-how that we share via our recipes.

What would you rec­om­mend to a com­plete new­bie to Ital­ian cook­ing?

Our fresh pasta or pizza kits. Con­tain­ing all the nec­es­sary in­gre­di­ents and a recipe, these kits en­able peo­ple to eas­ily make a de­li­cious meal at home. We also have fresh pizza dough, which makes it fast and easy to make de­li­cious home­made pizza. There’s lots more to dis­cover: over 18 dif­fer­ent kinds of toma­toes from Cam­pa­nia; wild fen­nel pesto from the Agrestis com­pany in Si­cily; pre­served veg­eta­bles from the Terra Gen­erosa com­pany on the Amalfi coast, made with top-qual­ity olive oil; and jam from a vint­ner in Emilia-Ro­magna, who makes a sen­sa­tional Lam­br­usco in a way that is not yet known in Ger­many.

When you don’t feel like cook­ing, where do you go to eat and drink well?

It has to be said, in Ber­lin we are truly spoiled in all things culi­nary. At the mo­ment, my fa­vorite restau­rants and wine bars are Brasserie Lu­mières (Pots­damer Str. 102, www. brasserie­lu­mieres.com), Sch­wein (Elis­a­bethkirch­str. 2, www.sch­wein.on­line), and Ku­mami (Ki­et­zer Str. 3, www.ku­mamiber­lin.com).

The best gelato in Ber­lin? And the best pizza?

Anna Durkes in Kreuzberg (Grae­festr. 80, w. ww.an­nadurkes.com) for gelato, and Stan­dard in Pren­zlauer Berg ( Tem­pliner Str. 7, www. stan­dard-ber­lin.de) for pizza.

Which part of the city do you call home?

I live in Lichter­felde West, which is a great place to be. You’re still in Ber­lin, and yet liv­ing amongst green­ery and can en­joy the na­ture. When the weather is nice, I re­lax af­ter work on my bal­cony and it feels like I’m on va­ca­tion. My fa­vorite place in the neigh­bor­hood is the Botan­i­cal Garden (Köni­gin-Luise-Str. 6-8, www. bgbm.org).

Imag­ine you have an en­tire day off to spend how­ever you choose. What would your per­fect Ber­lin day look like?

First I would have an espresso at Chapter One in Kreuzberg (Mit­ten­walder Str. 30, www.chapter-one-cof­fee. com) or God­shot in Pren­zlauer Berg (Im­manuelkirch­str. 32, www. god­shot.de) – Gian Zan­iol, the 2017 Ital­ian Brew­ers Cup Cham­pion, works there. After­ward I’d head to Bread Sta­tion in Kreuzberg (May­bachufer 16) for a crois­sant, then to the mar­ket at Win­ter­feldt­platz to do my shop­ping. Lunch would be Japanese food at Sasaya in Pren­zlauer Berg (Ly­ch­ener Str. 50, www.sasaya-ber­lin.de), and dinner at Panama (Pots­damer Str. 91, www.oh-panama.com).

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