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Casa Teresa – Bocadillo Iberico at Seefeld

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My personal highlight: Zurich finally has a traditional Spanish place to enjoy premium Iberico Bocadillo

If you love Spain and traditional quality food this is the address to stop by at Seefeld. The owner Mabel, inspired by her grandmother’s habit preparing her a “bocadillo” as a child – a small bite, mostly made with bread – brings Casa Teresa to life. The shop is decorated with lots of little details bringing closer the Iberico history.

Get a premium quality Iberico ham in a crispy baguette. Mabel developed the baguette with John Baker. Try the baguette with some squeezed tomato and fresh extra virgin olive oil on top. The simplicity of this lunch or snack is excellent. Vegetarians get home made salads or a traditional Tortilla.
Explore the choice of different artisan Spanish delicacies as vines, Spanish Gin, olive oil or super delicious truffle potato chips. Casa Teresa is the little sister of her established Tapas & Friends in Wiedikon. Find more on my blog here.

Facts you should know about Spanish hams

There are different types of Spanish hams available depending on the characteristics of the pig they come from. Pig breeds are one of the factors that classify a ham. Cured Spanish hams are classified into two categories: Jamón Serrano (mountain ham) and Jamón Ibérico (Iberian ham).

Jamón Serrano is a ham produced from white breed pigs whose meat is lean and has fat on the outside. The meat of a Jamón Serrano has a light red color, is slightly salty and characterized by a gentle fragrance. This type of ham is produced from typical white breeds. Its flavour is mild. It takes one to two years to cure this type of ham.

Jamón Ibérico is a ham coming from the pigs of the Ibérico breed. This meat is deep red, with beautiful marbling of golden fat. It is bathed in flavor as it cures over years.
A prestigious Jamón Ibérico is the Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. It comes from acorn fed pigs that wander freely on the rangelands of southwestern Spain. This Jamon is very flavorful, with strong, complex aromas, slightly salty but almost sweet with flavors of cooked sugar, nuts and herbs.
Discover the Iberico hams at Casa Teresa and let Mabel introduce you to this fabulous speciality.

Address: Casa Teresa, Dufourstrasse 57, 8008 Zürich

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 to 17:30, Saturday/Sunday closed

In the mood of more restaurants to discover? Get inspiration on my guide here.

www.casateresa.ch

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Piadina Bar Zurich

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My personal highlight: It’s as simple, a traditional easy Italian Streetfood from Emilia Romagna for vegetarian and meat lover

There are some days I don’t really feel a big hunger but I know I want something tasty, half warm, fresh and somehow healthy. The Piadina Bar located in the old part of Zurich in the Niederdorf is my choice. Here I come to have my Piadina. The atmosphere is cozy, you can stay for the snack or take it to go, the food is fresh prepared and of good quality. Who has ever visited Riccione or Rimini knows, that in that part of Italy Piadina is a much appreciated street food.

What is piadina?

A Piadina is a type of traditional flatbread found in Italy/Emilia Romagna. It is stuffed with every conceivable fillings. The Piadina bread contains lard, that it what makes the dough soft and tasty! Piadina bread is easy to make at home, too. Find a recipe here!

Get your Piadina with Bresaola, Prosciutto di Parma, Salame nostrano, Parmigiano, add some Rucola, grilled veggies as eggplants, peperoni, zucchetti or even olive or artichoke cream. Comes best also with cream cheese stracchino, pecorino or gorgonzola/mascarpone. You see, there are a lot of combinations possible. Try it, let me know if you enjoyed! You can find èiadina Bar also in Basel by the way!

Address: Piadina Bar, Niederdorfstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich, Kreis 2

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11.30 am – 11 pm, Sunday 3 pm – 7 pm

www.piadina-bar.ch

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The Yard Zurich – Eat my balls

My personal highlight: Sharing home made traditional meat and fish balls at Langstrasse in a stylish, fresh ambience

The choice of foodplaces in Zurich fulfills all of our wishes. New, fresh and urban food concepts are what we love to explore. In my food guide I classify this new place called The Yard as a Mediterranean restaurant, because I found all you desire as Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swiss and even oriental specialities.

The location is in Kreis 4 at Bäckerstrasse 62 close to Helvetiaplatz.

Their signature dishes are the Balls. Choose from meat or bacalhau balls. The side dishes are variegated and pair well with it. I liked the sweet potato fries a lot, they came perfectly spiced. Find the complete menu here!

Try their Cocktails, too! The menu has a huge selection with fortified Wines & Sours, Vodka, Gin, Whiskey and much more.

Soon their Boutique hotel will open, too, where 5 comfortable and stylish rooms will be available at reasonable Prices (160-240 CHF). Find the hotel on my accommodation guide as of September!

Get inspired by more food places in Zurich on my food guide here.

www.theyard.ch

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Trattoria e bottega 4 Leoni Firenze

My personal highlights: 1. Watching Chef Andrea making Cantucci biscuits from scratch and loving the way he speaks this beautiful Fiorentino dialect 2. inhaling the perfume of fabulous aged Chianina Beef while opening the dry ager

Welcome to 4 Leoni Firenze, the hometown of meat. Christopher manages this place together with his wife Sybille and the staff since more than 1 year now. The restaurant is located close to Limmatplatz at Luisenstrasse 43, Zürich.

Tuscany’s world famous Chianina Beef

Meat lovers know, that the beef meat prepared here is one of the largest and oldest breed of cattle in the world. Chianina cattle have been raised in the Italian regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio for at least 2200 years. The Chianina was formerly principally a draught breed, now raised mainly for beef. It originates in the area of the Valdichiana, from which it takes its name. The most noticeable characteristic of the breed is the extensive and well-defined muscling. The shoulders, back and rear quarters are especially well formed.

3 things on your bucket list as a foodie visiting Florence:

  • Bistecca Fiorentina
  • Cantucci biscuits with vinsanto
  • and of course all of their wonderful wine selections.

A piece of Tuscany in the heart of Zurich

The ambience at 4 Leoni throws you back to tuscany. The room is carefully decorated, you feel in a local trattoria up in a Chianti hill wine yard. An interior designer takes care of the theme decoration that changes seasonal.

Watch how Chef Andrea cuts the meat at the counter. Once you smell the dry meat you can’t wait to have it on your plate. The ambience is vibrant and full of Italian life.

The meat is grilled over lava stones. It is the signature dish of the restaurant. A Chianina can weight more than 1 kilo incl. the bones. Perfect to share with friends. All meat and ingredients used are imported from quality Tuscan suppliers that have been working or the family since years. You won’t find any better quality Chianina in town.

The menu

Find dishes for lunch as the hand made Pappardelle pasta with Cinghiale (wild pig) ragù. Or get a tartar di Chianina just fresh and pure as it isCoffee and water included.

For the evening choose the cassettina for a starter. Here yo get typical local Tuscan homemade salumi, crostini with a poultry terrine and cheese. The dip for the cheese is fabulous. A jam cooked with red wine and sugar.
For the main dish absolutely must try is either the Bistecca Fiorentina nostrana or the classical Chianina cut Porterhouse. This comes with oven potatoes or seasonal veggies.
The dessert is presented at the bar. Try the Sfogliatelle alla crema or a home made chocolate tarte. Close your dinner with a glass of vinsanto and the home made cantucci.
There is a nice Chianti 4 Leoni that I recommend paired with the menu.

The coffee is served with the typical Italian Mocca, black and strong.

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www.4leoni-firenze.ch

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Pescheria e bottega 4Leoni Siracusa

My personal highlight: Talking my native language, gesticulating with hands and eating Spaghetti Vongole together at one table with the hearty staff

4 Leoni Siracusa is a place where you learn about Sicilian food traditions. This is how Sybille’s father Stefano explains to me the philosophy of their restaurants in Zurich close to Helvetiaplatz. His daughter Sybille runs this place with a lovely team of Sicilians guys that welcome every guest with a charming smile.
The ambience throws you back to a port in southern Italy, this is how it should be. A bit of kitch is absolutely welcome here, it makes the ambience authentic and cozy.

Sicily is world famous for its fish specialities. At 4 Leoni Siracusa you can find fish rarities as the Ricciola fish and butter tender scarlett shrimps beside classical fish sorts as sea bass, tuna or scallops. Their fish glass case is unique in town. It’s heartwarming observing the Chef preparing the glass case with the delicacies and presenting the fish offer as trophies to the guests. The fish, seasonal fruits, vegetables and other Italian ingredients are imported from Sicily and prepared with the typical mediterranean touch

The menu

Find dishes for lunch as the Insalata di mare or a grilled sword fish with potatoes (both under 30 CHF). Coffee and water included.

For the evening choose a 5 or 8 course menu or à la carte and get what Chef Antonio recommends. The right Italian wine choice is available, too. Beer lovers try some local Sicilian brands.

The must try is the Gran Piatto di mare (for 2 people). This plate gives the best introduction of Siracusa Fish. Get some row, cooked and marinated fish and a variation of tartars.

The traditional dish of the house are Spaghetti Vongole aromatized with Cedro lemons, fresh parsley, white wine and garlic. Cedro is a typical Sicilian lemon with a thick sweet skin.

An other must try in my opinion is the frittura mista. Here you get deep fried shrimps, calamari and small red fried fishes with a very genuin mediterranean spicy touch.

As a dessert take the Cannolo Siciliano. It comes in the shape of a shell, filled with a ricotta cream, decorated with candied sweet fruits, something very Sicilian. The coffee is served with the typical Italian Moka, black and strong, a Sicilian brand, too.

Beside the 4 Leoni Siracusa the family runs the 4 Leoni Firenze, which focuses on Tuscan cuisine. More projects are in the pipeline I have been informed. This means that Zurich will be introduced to a food heritage of more Italian regions, soon!

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www.4leoni-siracusa.ch

 

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SILBA Restaurant & Bar

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My personal highlight: Fruity Slowfood Chianti and hot chocolate tortino with a liquid hot chocolate core

Finding Mediterranean food thanks to instagram

Social media and instagram are a great help for foodblogger. A colorful esthetic post of pasta from Betina brought me to SILBA in Kreis 6 close to Schauffhauserplatz. Betina and Roger Zimmermann are the owner of SILBA Restaurant.

The Chef is an experienced Italian guy from Ischia. The enjoyment of food is about more than how it tastes. Well, yes, here at SILBA this is absolutely true, the eyes eat, too. Betina and Roger are lovely, you feel immediately at home here. I love the atmosphere. You get the feeling that everybody knows each other. If you decide to go out for dinner alone, you take a seat the bar and have a nice chat and won’t get bored.

Seafood and Tapas

Find some tasty seafood pasta, tender veal with funghipolenta accompanied by a fruity Slowfood Chianti from Il vallone di Cecione, a wine maker in Tuscany. Beside a variety of antipasti and delicious dolci try the good wine or tapas.

The owners spent a long time of their life in Spain, this explains the Spanish influence combined with the Italian food on the menu. I love it.

Are you in the mood of a quick and satisfying lunch during business times? Show up here, the menu varies and gives you energy for the rest of the day.

 

www.silba.ch

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Restaurant & Hotel Murtaröl Silsersee

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Are you traveling in the Engadin Alps of Switzerland and hungry? Maybe in the mood of enjoying fresh sea food up on 1800 m altitude?

For family and romantic couples

The restaurant Murtaröl in Plaun da Lej. It is located at the Lake of Sils in the Engadin Alps. Murtaröl is one of the best seafood places all around the Engadin not far from St. Moritz. You can sail on the lake in the morning, get a fish soup for lunch, take a hike in the afternoon and come back for a great family dinner in the evening with some sea food pasta.

The place is not only famous for the sea food, they have a large selection of fresh fish, shellfish, mussels, oysters and mollusks. You will love it! If you like vongole, the soup will amaze you! The place is also a hotel and has cozy rooms for an overnight. I absolutely recommend it.

www.plaundalej.ch

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Vineria Centrale

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My personal highlight: Wine and aperitivo like in Italy, their passito malvasia delle Lipari is world class

Aperitivo Place

In the mood of an aperitivo Italian Style? There are not many places in Zurich where you can get this. I suggest Vineria centrale. This Winebar is located at Neugasse 42, Zurich. Their selection of wine is excellent.

If you can manage, get there on Thursday’s or Friday’s at 7 pm. You find a variety of of antipasti. This is a typical Italian thing, a food culture let’s say. Italians love being together, eat good food, drink wine and talk about life.

Buy your drink and for a supplement of 2 Swiss Francs , antipasti. Check out their website!

www.vineriacentrale.ch

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Tapas & Friends Tapas bar

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My personal highlight: I always find some new red Spanish Redwines. I absolutely love their soft and crispy croquetas

Spanish tapas

My favorite tapas bar is in Wiedikon close to Idaplatz at Ämtlerstrasse 86.

The tapas are just delicious.  The tapas I like most are crispy soft fried croquetas or an outstanding avocado tatar. Order some real good Spanish red wine. Or try some of their local Spanish craft beers. So no need traveling to Spain for celebrating a tapas night!
Book Tapas & Friends for a catering or attend one of their cooking classes.

www.tapasandfriends.ch

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