The Waldhorn… seems to be quite the legendary restaurant in Nagold!
Although Bill and I have been living near Nagold for just over four years now, last night was our first time visiting Waldhorn, an Italian restaurant in Nagold. It wasn’t originally our plan to go to Waldhorn. We went there because the restaurant we were hoping to go to was closed for an event. We ultimately decided to eat at Waldhorn because it’s one of a few well known restaurants in Nagold we haven’t tried yet and, pretty soon, we will be leaving the area. I had wanted to try Waldhorn a couple of months ago, but they happened to be closed for vacation. After last night’s experience, I’m kind of sorry we didn’t visit there sooner.
When we got to the restaurant at about 7:00pm, things were in full swing. The place was bustling with people. Most of the tables were filled with couples and families, all talking loudly. It’s definitely not the kind of place you’d go to for a quiet evening. However, I could easily see that Waldhorn is a popular place with the local crowd. Our waiter was very friendly and spoke English as he led us to the lone available two-top in the middle of the dining room.
Obligatory shot of Bill reading the menu. Maybe when we move, I’ll come up with a new running joke as my signature.
We ordered a half liter of Barbera wine, which came in a carafe. We also had our usual San Pellegrino. This restaurant doesn’t offer wines by the bottle. Indeed, it appears to be kind of a casual place that offers good food at reasonable prices.
The Barbera was very nice, especially after it opened up a bit.
Waldhorn offers the usual pizzas and pastas, as well as fish and meat dishes. I saw that they had quite a few veal selections, as well as some of the better known Italian favorites like tuna carpaccio and Saltimbocca alla Romana. They also had a couple of pasta dishes with mussels. I had a hard time choosing, but finally just went with an entrecote, since I wasn’t in the mood to be adventurous. Bill decided to have Spiedino al pepe, which was basically pork and beef served on a stick with pepper sauce.
They brought out a lovely bruschetta for us. I usually don’t get too excited about bruschetta, but the tomato topping on this was a little spicy in an appealing way. Also, the bread was very fresh and tasted like homemade pizza dough. It was a nice change.
My steak came with an enormous and beautifully presented salad, of which I could only eat half. It had a light balsamic vinaigrette on it.
Since I was having a salad, Bill had one, too. His dish didn’t come with salad, so this was extra. Instead of the balsamic vinaigrette, he had a creamy yogurt based dressing. He said he preferred my dressing to his, although he did enjoy the whole thing.
Bill’s dish, complete with decorative rose garnish. It came with a side of cooked vegetables, including broccoli, carrots, and potatoes. I neglected to take a picture.
And my steak… this was 250 grams and cooked medium rare. I had asked for it to be cooked to medium, but I don’t mind medium rare. It came with krauterbutter. To be honest, I’ve had better steaks, although this one was alright. If we manage to go back to Waldhorn before we move, I’ll have to be brave and try something less pedestrian. I noticed a lot of people were enjoying the pizzas.
I was kind of wanting chocolate last night, but ended up finishing with prosecco. Bill had an espresso. Our waiter was very charming and offered us a house shot of grappa.
Overall, we had a nice time at Waldhorn. It’s obviously a local favorite and I can see why people like it. It’s a good hangout for family and friends. Our bill came to about 75 euros, which I think was pretty reasonable for what we had. I’d go back.
Nagold is a town I’m really going to miss. Not only is it super cute and charming, it also has a lot of fun events and several really good restaurants. I hope we are just as lucky and find such a local gem of a town up near Wiesbaden. If anyone reading this review is looking forward to moving to Stuttgart, I highly recommend looking for housing in the Nagold area, even though it’s kind of far from the military installations. It’s been a real treat to live so close to Nagold for the past four years.