FIRST OF ALL! I want to say that, in relation to many of the other reviews here. NO, I Due Forni is not the place to go if you want a waiter/waitress standing behind you at all times or if you want them to lick your *** just because you are a guest there.
The reason to go here is because it's the best pizzas I've EVER had. And I mean it! It's like Italy in Berlin. The waiters/waitresses are actually really nice if you show some interest, though. I've never felt that they were annoyed or didn't pay attention to us - ever.
Nevertheless, the pizzas are the stars!
They also have italian beer, great red wine and lemon soda to die for served in cute tiny bottles! You can see how they are making the pizzas in the open kitchen which has a huge wood-fired oven.
Another plus is that you get your food extremely fast.
In the summer time it is the best to sit outside, enjoy a lemon soda and eat a GREAT pizza. Maybe followed by one of the lovely desserts that you can see on their ''daily specials'' board.
If this is the best pizza in Berlin, then Berlin, you have a huge problem. The pizza is average at best. The service is average at best. The restaurant space is average at best. So, I guess that sums it up: Average.
I ordered the diavola and it came with pepperoni (not salami), yellow onions (overpowering and have never seen yellow on a pizza before and likely will never see again) and giant olives. From my experience traveling around Italy is that the diavola is spicy salami and, in some cases, peppers. Never olives and never yellow onions! The crust was undercooked and I spent three hours after our meal burping up onions even though I picked all of the onions off after my first Onion Pizza bite. Gross.
This restaurant is probably best visited by families due to its large outdoor playground for youngsters to burn energy. The Chuck E Cheese of Europe. That's how I would describe this restaurant except CEC has better pizza and children can earn game prizes.
This is literally the best pizza place I have ever eaten at. Their pizzas are just the way pizza should be: Thin with a good crust and only the freshest and best ingredients as toppings. My personal favorite is the Pizza Incredible but all of them are delicious.
And don't forget to get some wine with it, it's dirt-cheap and really good.
In the summer they have a huge outdoor seating area too but expect to wait in line on Friday and Saturday nights. The service might not be too great but don't forget that they usually always have to serve a lot of other people too and the food completely makes up for it.
Possibly the best pizza I've outside of Rome. We sat outside and soaked up the ambiance of the Berliners and live music. The pizza was awesome, we easily ate every bite.
Grab a beer and relax!
This was the best pizza I've had outside of Italy - the same full-plate-size, thin-crust we loved in Rome.
The value is terrific, but the service is a little slow (you might have to flag somebody down for more drinks or food), and the noise level is pretty hight. Well worth the trip - and the search (it's set back from the street, and not clearly marked for first-timers)
Hands down one of the best pizza places I have ever dined at. Everything is perfect from the moment you step in....the bustling atmosphere, art/graffiti on the wall from famous artists, and great selection of pilsners, and an even wider selection of pizzas! Everything from horse meat to traditional pizza toppings.
A must-eat if you're in the Berlin area!
Dude, seriously? Wanna be treated rudely by both wait staff and trendy neighborhood parents? Then come here. The pizza is wood-oven good (but that's available everywhere else these days) but the playground is dustry and broken, other patrons put their noses up as if they discovered the joint and the wait staff -- I'd rather eat at the soup nazis. That this place and its father location in Xberg are still there are testimony to the fact that Berliners have very low standards. The only benefit is when the waitresses wear their loose '80s tops and you can check out their goods when they bend over to put down a pizza (after you wait 30 minutes to even order a beer).
Bella, Bella!! The wood fired pizzas here are a beauty to behold and taste perfect (simple and fresh) Delizioso! *sharp kiss to the mouth with fingers* In fact, the owners believe the pizzas are so perfect they won't let you change anything on the menu...pizzas are served as is, no modifications. Sit outside (when the weather is nice) and enjoy - Oh, and be sure to get nice and relaxed with lots of beer and wine because the service can be a little rude and slow at times so don't come here if you're in a hurry.
Note: Cash only
I would not have found this place if the people at the hostel hadn't told me exactly where to go to find this gem. You have to walk up stairs to get here and I would have missed it totally if I wasn't looking for the stairs.
Once inside, you can see why it's so recommended. The whole room was filled with people and the walls were painted on and gave it a nice homey feeling. The wooden tables were covered with checkered table cloth and the servers scramble about, but was still nice despite that.
We ordered a small salad and had the waitress suggest a pizza for us. The salad didn't come with dressing, but there was olive oil and vinegar on the table. The veggies were SO fresh and so tasty! I'm not sure what kind of pizza we ordered but the crust was thin and cooked just perfectly! I don't usually like thin crust, but this was so delicious! Yay for yummy Italian food in Germany!
Some of the best pizza I have ever eaten. Simple, perfect balance of ingredients, excellent crust, sigh...
The restaurant is warm, casual, and buzzing with energy. Shouts of Italian and German can be heard over the chatter from tables of large groups and families.
Service was good, and it was busy, so things weren't delivered promptly, but at least items were correct upon delivery. The pizzas are wonderful whether selected from the list of recommended combinations, or made to fit your liking with toppings. Affordable and overall an awesome experience!
On my first night in Berlin, I ate at I Due Forni-Cucina Casalinga Popolare. It does not sound very typical German, does it ? ;)
One star for the place : One you get in front of the place, you have to climb some stairs to reach the terrace. There is a little green area, not to call it a garden, but children enjoy playing there. The terrace is really big and every inch of it is covered in tables and chairs. Then you reach the restaurant.
One star for the people : This is a very special kind of waiters we are talking about. There are all italians and wear very punky outfits. They also have piercings, tattooes and terrific hairstyles. It seems that this is a requisit to be employed here ! On top of that they are very nice and fast.
One star for the food : I took a four seasons pizza. First of all it was huge ! In Germany, whatever you order, you know that it will be worth your money sizewise. Then, it was delicious ! I highly recommend this one.
One star for the style : It is a very friendly restaurant and you feel like staying forever just enjoying the food and relaxing.
Anything else to add ? I did not rate a five star here because I have just tasted one pizza. So that means I will have to come back before the end of my stay. If you are around before the 28th August 2011, we can even go together XD
My first visit initially put me off a little until I figured that the lack of friendly service was part of the business strategy. If you are going for the service, save yourself the trip.
You go for the food and the wine and the seemingly chaotic staff. In fact, I believe that the anarchist cook and part-time revoluzzers amongst us appreciate the ambience. Want a salad - pronto, here is your knife, a cutting board and some tomatoes. Do it yourself. At first, I was like WTF? Then I had the pizza and I swear I just heard the cherubs singing. Devine. Awesome and every other superlative you can possibly think of. The wine is solid house wine. Nothing more, nothing less but good and palatable.
The place is extremely loud inside and always busy. If you take your kids, take them with you to the outside seating area. Prices are decent for Prenzl'Berg. Parking can be a challenge. Take the sub.
As I am sitting here reminiscing about my last visit, I am drooling. Please forgive me.
You go here for pizza and pasta. And they do good pizza and pasta. It gets busy - people know they're good. As a consequence, service isn't always fast - but I know it, and you know it, so go and relax and enjoy your meal.
Very informal - with a wide range of pizzas and pastas, as well as some salads. Nice outdoor seating for good weather as well.
Breadsticks come in a plastic bag - and they serve some rudimentary bread in a basket while you wait (olive oil/balsamico on the table) - nothing over exciting here - but hey, it's the pizza you've come for right?
Good atmosphere - you can tell it is a popular place as soon as you walk in. The pizza was exceptional in taste, great value for money. Food came out quickly, despite how busy it was. Would definitely come back again!
I ordered a table for 20 people, for Dinner here. I warned the guests: Worst Service in Town - but the best Pizza. Instead of twenty people, 25 people came, we stayed for hours - eventhough we were fighting with several waiters about drinks not delivered, and when they came they were wrong - but my group was warned - so it was still ok.
We all ate a lot - Big Pizza's, lots of Pasta, and very very small espressi - which have to be ordered with extra water - not to be washed down, but so that you know you drank something. We had a lot of Wine - we had a lot of big beers (if you do not order a normal beer, you get a half litre).
All in all, our tab was well over EUR1000,-. We warned the waiters ahead of time that we all pay seperately - waiters like this - because the tip falls out very much bigger this way around.
We started paying, each one for himself - and all went smoothly, I waited to be last so that I can catch everything that was forgotten.
Then, three more people to go - the waiter starts screaming at my not German (or Italian) friends - and forces them to pay stuff they did not order. I ask him in a friendly tone to stop yelling - everything that is not taken care of in the end, I will take care of. But he kept on screaming so badly, that one of my guests ended up in tears. This is when I too started yelling. It helped.
Strange thing: They knew me. I bring guests and have a tab well over EUR 1000,- at least once a month. But that was the last time.
The relatively good pizzas, are not worth the bad service.
Sadly, it is the same case with the service in the pizza places in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.
I'm afraid Restauranteers stop worrying about their guests as soon as they believe it can't go wrong anymore.
IMPORTANT: In May 2009, the place was closed down for a few days by the Health inspectors. They had found dangerous living bacteria in the kitchen. This information is published in German on the Health Inspector of Pankow's website.
Friendly staff, decent prices and genuinely yummy Pizzas. Perfekt for a quick meal on your lunch break.
Best pizzas in Berlin. Large open space full of tables and full of people, always buzzing and great atmosphere. Down to earth and excellent produce. Not expensive and delicious.
Best pizza I had in Germany.
Yummy Pizza, friendly and prompt wait staff, pretty garden plus an overall perfect atmosphere on a warm summer's night in Berlin.
Short and sweet. Kick A** pizza, as good as any you will find in Italy. No exaggeration.
OK, so the pizza tastes really great but the service really lacks. Sometimes they also serve wrong drinks and waiting for food can take really long... Still, some of the best pizza in Berlin.
Chaotic yet functional, massive yet personable, cheap.
Scruffy pizza restaurant with typically Berlin style unfriendly waiters. OK pizza, confusing menu, very busy. Bring patience and don't be surprised by relatively high prices, especially given the scruffiness.
best pizza in town and gorgious punk-waiters. if they like you they serve free grappa at the end of every meal - I always get at least one ;)
Probably my favorite pizza in Berlin. It's as close to a Naples' pizza as I've had in Germany. While the service can be hit or miss, I find visiting at off-peak times or doing takeaway help to mitigate this.
This place pretty much blows. Everyone says the food is so good but the pizza is actually pretty crap. It's only good if you've never had quality pizza. Service sucks like everyone else says. We received one dish, which was already eaten before I received my pizza. No excuses, no apologies and when I asked why this was so, the waiter actually became quite a douche about it. I raised my voice a bit and stood up to make my point clear and all of a sudden he was quite timid. I guess my face basically said it all and he was worried for his well-being. I was so aggravated at that point that I just wanted to eat quickly and get out of there. My colleague who ate with me claimed his noodles were good (only because he was hungry) but he too couldn't wait to get out of this place. Further, it's pretty much a dive. The day we were there it stank of cleaning materials and sweat. This was during the day when doors were open to air it out. Not really that inviting when you're eating. Finally, its not even that cheap for what you get. I'd say avoid at all costs and don't buy the best pizza place in Berlin with worst service crap. They probably like this as it draws in people and allows them to be rude, useless service staff. The food is crap too so don't be fooled.
We had dinner for 15 or so here and it was a totally pleasurable experience. Service was ramshackle but friendly, the pizzas were delicious, and the atmosphere was conducive to lingering long after we'd finished eating. If you're looking for a quiet meal you'd best go elsewhere, but for big and/or informal groups this large, warm dining room is perfect.
will concentrate on the facts, because the evening was emotional enough:
dinner last saturday with aprox. 12 people, table reserved
had to fight for a table ourselves, no menue was brought
ordered pizza, salad & pasta - the standard italian food one would say, not a difficult ant time-consuming french dinner
pasta (lasagna) came first --- it was cold in the middle, directly went back
litle by little, one pizza after the other was brought - the salad in between - so, having dinner all together was impossible
the new lasagna was cold again...J. gave up, finally. (poor J.)
we ordered like 10 times 'bread' to acompaign the lasagna and simply were ignored (all waiters:"I am not responsible, my colleague will come in a minute..." no one came along, and if so, return to the beginning)
at the end, we had to fetch some pieces of dry bread from the waiter's table
one of us was missing with pizza, 90-120 minutes after first order (in the meantime: all the others had finisched with eating) and 10 times reminding the waiter, again and again
after 160 minutes and a friend's (very emotional) outburst of fury, finally "the last pizza" was brought
evidence of incapacity: as a "compensation", ONE gratis digestivo was offered (at other restaurants, everyone gets one free, as a standard)
the bottom line:
one star is far too much for this LOUSY ITALIAN MAFIA MOTHERF*ING place!
this is another in the punk pizza empire, identical to their locations in kreuzberg and friedrichshain. same menu, same attitude. the pizzas are good but not great, and the prices are above average. it's fine to take guests to, but otherwise i don't bother visiting these places. i would also question the taste of anyone who says their establishments are the best pizza in berlin. you can do better elsewhere.
You never quite know what you're gonna get when you come here--will it be a good night, with good service or will it be one of those nights where you linger forgotten in a corner? Perhaps that's all part of the adventure. On the nights that it's good, it's really good. I had a fantastic anniversary dinner here, the waiter was incredibly attentive and helpful. We skipped the pizza and got some of the daily pasta specials that he recommended instead and they were fantastic. My favorite part is always the end, ordering the incredible tiramisu and an espresso (quite tiny, really). On the nights that it's bad, well.let's just say the services leaves something to be desired. Nevertheless, if you are forced to wait, you can spend ages looking at all the graffiti on the walls, signed by numerous punk bands that have stopped by the place and left their mark. I would recommend it, but keep in mind that there is always a risk here.
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