Osteria Sippy – first try

I’ll make it short: It is a World Cup night and Italy has just lost against Cosa Rica. Not exactly the right day to try out an italian, but our friends raved about the place and told us there would be live music on a friday night. Not tonight, all attention is drawn to a beamer showing the football. The waiters are unattentive, the kitchen also a bit under the weather. Well, we will have to come back again as our first time here has not been convincing. The appetisers are o.k., but nothing special, my halibut is not being served as a filet but cut into slices and therfore comes full of bones, to soft and annoying to eat, the really big veal cutlet is still so raw our knives can hardly cut it…

Anyway, we’ll try again after the world cup.

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Osteria Sippy
www.sippy-osteria.com
Sanderstr. 10 a /Neukölln
U-Bhf Schönleinstrasse

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Vai Mo – simply good food

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