Bill and I decided we wanted to go out to dinner. Unfortunately, we weren’t all that sure where we wanted to go. We thought about staying local and going to a place here in Unterjettingen, but changed our minds when parking turned out to be complicated. So then we decided to go to Herrenberg, where we know of some good places to eat. But we ended up driving around for awhile, because we couldn’t decide where we wanted to go. The Greek restaurant we usually love to go to looked like it was very full… and then there was the parking issue again.
I had told Bill I wanted to go to Tübingen, but he said he didn’t want to drive that far. But it turned out we had driven so much around Herrenberg and its environs that he might as well have just driven straight to Tübingen. It would have saved us some time. I finally reminded him that in Tübingen, there’s lots of parking… and plenty of restaurants, too. Finally, Bill relented and we went to Tübingen, which always makes me feel kind of bittersweet, since we used to live very close to there and miss it.
We were going to go to Die Kelter, but it was packed and there weren’t any tables available. So we went a little further and ended up at Pizzeria da Vito, which is a little Italian place we used to frequent five years ago when we lived here last time. It’s a small, family owned restaurant and obviously popular with locals, since there were only a couple of tables free when we sat down. When the weather is nice, they usually offer a lot of tables outside, too.
Bill waits for meat.
Bill ordered a carafe of Primativo and a bottle of San Pellegrino from the black sequins wearing waitress/hostess who was helping us. I knew from experience that the pasta at this restaurant is excellent, but I had ziti for lunch. So even though the pizza and pasta smelled wonderful, I opted for a dorade which was cooked in foil and garnished with tomatoes and cucumbers. Bill had a steak with gorganzola cheese sauce and a side of fried potatoes. The meal was served with a basket of bread.
My fish all wrapped in foil. Bill’s steak in the background.
To be perfectly honest, I have had better dorade elsewhere. But the price for this fish was right. It was 12 euros and cooked competently, even though I think I prefer it grilled rather than baked in foil . Fresh basil was stuffed in the fish, which gave it a zesty essence. It was also served with a couple of slices of lemon, which made a positive difference in how it tasted.
Bill pronounced his steak “satisfying” and finished the whole thing. His steak was priced at 13.50 euros. Next time we visit Pizzeria Da Vito, I’ll probably go back to pasta, since I know it’s very good there. The pizzas are good too, and they are very reasonably priced.
Not the best photos because it’s nighttime. This restaurant is basically on the main drag into Tübingen as you’re walking away from the Altstadt Konig garage.
We would have had dessert, but they didn’t have anything available tonight. Our bill was 39.50 euros. Service was competent and basically friendly, though our server seemed kind of tired and ready to go home. Having done that work myself, I couldn’t really blame her.
I do recommend Pizzeria da Vito. I’m not sure I will get dorade there again, at least not prepared in foil as it was tonight. That’s not because the fish was badly prepared; I just like it grilled and they don’t offer it that way.
On another note, next time I get a hankering to go to Die Kelter for dinner, I will make sure to reserve a table!