Fresh, authentic Italian fare - Bistrorante Da Adriana
There are a number of good Italian restaurants in the Kaiserslautern area. Recently, my wife and I stumbled upon one that could easily become our favorite. It is the Bistrorante Da Adriana at Gaustrasse 1 in Kaiserslautern. It is located in a handsome old building, with large multi-pane windows and high ceilings. The restaurant itself is not fancy, but has a kind of simple elegance. There is dark wood offset by cream-colored walls, soft lighting, and mellow music. Altogether, it is a place where you can relax and hold a conversation while enjoying a glass of wine and a delicious meal.
As for food, owner Adriana Jivan offers you plenty of choices. Unfortunately, I cannot say much about most of the appetizers because we only tried two on our first visit, and enjoyed them so much that we ordered them again on our second visit. I had the garlic cheese toast and thought it the best I have had in Germany. My wife had a side salad that was fresh and tasty, with a creamy dressing. There is a good selection of other appetizers, soups, and salads, so you are bound to find something appealing.
Da Adriana offers a number of different sauces to go with the pasta of your choice. My wife had the carbonara and enjoyed it a lot. I chose the pasticciata and thought it was outstanding. Indeed, we enjoyed our meal so much that we thought about going back the next night to try Da Adriana’s pizzas, but we showed some restraint and waited until the following weekend.
Da Adriana has a nice variety of pizzas on the menu. My wife chose the vegetarian, while I tried the four-cheese with added pepperoni. The crusts were thin and crispy, browned but not burned. Both were delicious, and we would not hesitate to order a pizza from Da Adriana again. They were very close in quality to our reigning favorite pizzas in Kaiserslautern, which we get delivered from Ristorante La Casa. But that is another review.
The menu also offers a variety of fish and meat dishes. Needless to say, you can get schnitzel (I suspect that German restaurants are required to sell schnitzel). We haven’t tried these yet, but we will have plenty of options when we do. Da Adriana has the standard schnitzel toppings but also some that sound more interesting, like the Schnitzel Stroganoff (mushrooms and cognac-cream sauce) and the Schnitzel Vino Bianco (cream and white wine sauce).