Last week I flew into Amsterdam for meetings with our hotel there, and the same day as our arrival, it was also our one and only Gary Steffen’s birthday! I arrived in the afternoon after traveling from Miami via Heathrow and this being my second time in Amsterdam over the last year, I didn’t feel as bad about the fact I was only spending a little over 24 hours there.
We had some business to discuss early in the evening but since we were with some of our colleagues from Europe, dinner didn’t start until almost 9pm. We asked the hotel concierge and they led us to Italia Oggi. We made our way there and as soon as we got to the restaurant I was really excited because it just looked so traditional.
We made our way to our table for 6 and had it not been for one of the guys with us spotting bolognese on the daily specials board, I would’ve had to settle for something else. Instead, I ordered a delicious bowl of bolognese. But this was no regular bowl, there was so much pasta, I felt like I ate for hours and barely made a dent. The pasta was perfect, but I wish the sauce had had a little more beef and maybe a little more flavor, but couldn’t complain.
Since we were celebrating Gary’s birthday we enjoy some great Italian wine, and finished the evening with tiramisu, panna cotta (so yumm!!!) and espresso. And they also remembered us telling them about the birthday and brought out a little chocolate cake with sparklers and all.
If you find yourself in Amsterdam craving Italian, I highly recommend this place, not 100% because of the food, but also because of the atmosphere and the proximity to our DoubleTree there.
The day after, a flight to London, and 5 days later…Singapore!