To Beef Or Not To Beef, that is the question! Well, let’s be honest. For meat-lovers, that’s never the question. It’s certainly never been for Giacomo Mannucci, either. In his identically-named restaurant in Schöneberg, he’s been pleasing demanding meat lovers for the past 5 years. Now he’s taking us on his next delicious adventure: his newly opened Italian restaurant To The Bone.
It’s called To The Bone because you choose between steaks off and on the bone. From dry-aged Bistecca Fiorentina (on the bone) to finely marbled Flank Steak Fassone (off the bone), the carefully selected menu pleases gourmets and casual foodies alike. Don’t worry, you can bring your vegetarian friend too. Aside from more contemporary dishes like beef filet with glazed carots or bone marrow crostinis, you’ll find veggie delights such as pumpkin with wild herbs or risotto with hazelnut and honey.
So, is that enough to deflect the judgemental looks of Mitte’s vegan-soy-milk-drinking thirty-somethings? After all, this venue is celebrating meat to the fullest! We like to think so. If meat isn’t your thing, just enjoy a veggie meal in a saloon-like atmosphere with design influences from various epochs. It’s both tongue- and eye-candy, complimented by a cocktail menu that’s paying hommage to Nothern Italian’s aperetivo culture. What could go wrong? When you and your significant other are trying to figure out where to eat tonight, grab her (or him) by the hand and finally ask that big question… „To beef or not to beef?“ We already know the answer.
The magic formula to turn vegetarians back into meat-lovers has been found. No kidding. It goes like this: π + gal + le, and uhm… okay. We lied. It’s not actually a formula. It’s a restaurant – which is great for people like us who prefer meat over math.
Pigalle is the third and yet largest addition to the popular Filetstück restaurants (translates to “filet piece”). It’s located in a former brothel in Neukölln whose name they inherited and we’re glad they aren’t breaking tradition. The place still pleases the desire for meat – but with more taste. Do not be irritated by the painting on the wall depicting a man seperated into the parts relevant for butchers. We investigated a little and to our relief we found out the chef’s name is NOT Hannibal Lector.
For starters we enjoyed the distinctive Pigalle snack – black pudding served with a vodka shot, to be had for as little as 5€. The meat stems from the same supplier that also supplies the court of the Queen of England, but pshhht… don’t tell anyone in Neukölln… some people here are still allergic to luxury. The main course really spoiled us: Dry-aged meat so tender the first bite completely erased our memory of vegetables for a minute. Apparently we weren’t the first ones: Filetstück’s story began as a little eatery in hipsterhood Prenzlauer Berg, where their meaty snacks created a cult among people who usually insist on not getting within a 5m radius of anything meaty. Now they’re regulars.
The restaurant’s inside feels very straight and honest, allowing the focus to be where it should be – on the food. You can get your steak either as a filet or entrecôte and honestly, they both were so juicy, we kept dreaming about it for a week. The sides aren’t bad at all, but after tasting the spectacular meat it feels like they’re a bit behind. All in all Pigalle is an absolute must-visit for anyone who enjoys quality meat in an authentic atmosphere off the usual main drag steakhouses in Mitte. We will be back!