For our 6th anniversary, we decided to take a ride to Berlin to visit Filomena Cucina Rustica Italiana. It was a cold night and Italian seemed like a good choice to warm us up. A 35 minute wait started the night off on a down note since we were both very hungry. As I’ve said in the past though, a long line is usually a good sign, so I wasn’t discouraged. After waiting, we were seated in the lounge area. (So much for a quiet celebration) We were greeted and had a drink order in quickly. We ordered a bruschetta appetizer which was excellent, and I also ordered French onion soup which too was very good. For entrees we ordered the Fettucine Campangaro, which featured roasted red peppers, broccoli rabe and Italian sausage in garlic and oil, and Filomena’s signature homemade Gnocchi with crabmeat with a side of sauteed broccoli rabe. The broccoli rabe was excellent and more than made up for the bland dinner salads that accompanied our entrees. Interestingly, at an Italian restaurant, we were never offered bread of any kind. The Fettucine was good. It could have been great considering that list of ingredients, but wound up being a little flat in taste. The gnocchi had too much sauce, and sadly, the sauce wasn’t really that good. It was kind of ketchupy tasting. That’s not to say the meals were bad, just that they weren’t great.
I’d hoped for a meal that would match the ambience that Filomena’s provides. The place is decorated warmly and gives a top notch atmosphere. It’s a shame the dinner didn’t quite live up to it. All in all, a dinner that cost $88 before tip, wound up underwhelming. All that said, I will admit that the leftovers the next day seemed better than when they were first served.