“Portobello” is a small Italian restaurant run by Giovanni and Barbara Jelapi in
Nieder Ober-Olm, a neighbouring village.
They opened about 18 years ago and we’ve seen their 2 kids (17 and 14) grow up from littlies (who came and sat at our table to draw on the screeds of mainframe printouts that I’d rescue from the waste-paper at work) to real people.
Why do I like it?
I don’t have to order a wheat beer – they just bring it.
They’ve christened Mrs jb’s favourite pasta dish (which isn’t on the menu – spaghettini with olive oil, garlic and peperoni ) “Pasta Anna”
They think it’s hilarious if you’re sitting in a hidden corner of the restaurant and call them up on the mobile to order an espresso.
They think it’s hilarious if Giovanni’s sitting at a table talking to customers (leaving Barbara rushed off her feet) and I put a towel over my arm and go up and ask if I can get them anything from the bar.
Best of all – when Mrs jb scoffs the amaretti from my espresso, Giovanni asks “Did she steal it?”, whips the cup away and comes back with some more “just for you, though”…