Acquarello Germany's best Italian restaurant with a star

Wednesday, May 11 2022

Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday: noon - 2.00pm & 6.00pm - 11.00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 6.00pm - 11.00pm


Mühlbaurstraße 36
81677 Bogenhausen
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+49 89 470 484 8

"Cucina del Sole" - the name alone calls for holidays and summer! Of wonderfully juicy-sweet tomatoes, the scent of fresh basil, aromatic olive oil and homemade pasta. How fitting, then, that Mario Gamba's top Italian gastronomy calls itself the "cuisine of the sun".

The former interpreter learned his culinary skills from the best chefs in the world, including the Frenchman Alain Chapel and the German Heinz Winkler when he worked at the legendary Tantris in Munich.

Mario Gamba has also beguiled the palates of stars like Elton John and Madonna with his Mediterranean "Cucina del Sole". No wonder his temple of pleasure in the fine Bogenhausen district regularly features in rankings such as "Top 50: The World's Best Italian Restaurants Outside Italy" or "The World's 100 Best Restaurants". In 2021, Mario Gamba was also named Chef of the Year by the "Gambero Rosso Top Italian Restaurant Guide".

"For my profession, you need curiosity, openness, dedication and enthusiasm," explains the Italian-born chef. For his refined dishes, he uses the best seasonal ingredients and conjures up modern interpretations of Mediterranean classics such as carpaccio of Fassone beef with paprika-papaya relish or saltimbocca of scallops.

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The portions are larger than you would expect from a star chef and convince with great flavours and perfect preparation. You don't have to order a multi-course menu either but can choose à la carte. This casual, upscale cooking style is appealing and goes well with the warm service.

All the dishes at Acquarello are almost painterly in their presentation, which explains the restaurant's name (Aquarello). Fittingly, the brightly decorated restaurant with turquoise colour accents is adorned with murals depicting fictitious Italian-Antique landscapes.

This may seem a little out of time and kitschy, but it still shows a certain charm. After all, we are talking about the poetic-sounding "Cucina del Sole" here - pathos is definitely desired!

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