Sharing her passion for Italian food and Berlin.
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).