Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday lunch at Eiscafe La Piazza in Herrenberg...


Eiscafe La Piazza is a very popular place in Herrenberg, especially on Sundays!

The first time Bill and I lived in Germany, we lived in a little town called Pfäffingen in Ammerbuch County.  It's about ten miles south from Herrenberg and ten miles west of Tübingen.  In those less adventurous days, we used to visit either bigger town frequently.  We went to Herrenberg less often because it's smaller and less interesting than Tübingen is.  Usually, we'd go there when we needed a change of scenery.

One place we often visited in Herrenberg during our 2007-09 stint was Eiscafe La Piazza.  La Piazza is a very nice Italian ice cream cafe.  They serve beautiful ice cream creations, but they also have gorgeous cakes, coffee drinks, and cocktails.  You can also find pizza and pasta there.

When we lived in Germany the first time, we'd often visit this cafe and have lunch.  I think we mainly went there because it has non-stop service.  A lot of times, we don't get going until it's too late for lunch.  That's not a problem at La Piazza.

Since we've been back in Germany, now going on four years, we've only visited La Piazza twice.  The first time was back in April 2016.  We went in there for ice cream after walking around Herrenberg and ran into our original next door neighbors from our first tour here!  It was very strange, since they immediately recognized us.  I recognized them, too, but it seemed like my mind was playing tricks on me.  We proceeded to have kind of an awkward conversation, since they don't speak English and my German is very rudimentary.  I used to talk to their daughter and son-in-law all the time, though.

The second time was today.  We went in there and I was half expecting to see our old neighbors again, but lightening didn't strike twice.  A friendly English speaking guy invited us to pick a table.  We did, and ordered some San Pellegrino and a couple of glasses of Primitivo that he didn't have on the menu.  


Bill laughs at my jokes... that's why we get along so well.

As we were waiting for our dishes, I took note of the music playing, which was pretty good Motown and jazz.  It was better than the German pop we heard yesterday.  More people filed in and pretty soon, the cafe was almost full.  

Originally, we had given some thought to visiting a small fest going on near our house.  A local metal smith, who, according to our landlady, made our carport, was serving goulash made with wild boar and hosting a choir that would be singing German folk songs.  However, the weather, while much warmer than it has been recently, was kind of wet and depressing.  Also, our landlady said that she thought he was a better metal worker than cook.


Tagliatelle con salmone...  This was pretty good and very reasonably priced at under eight euros.  It was a simple creamy sauce with salmon.  I appreciated that we had plenty of Parmesan cheese.


Bill had the "pasta of the house"...  This came with olives, tomatoes, and plenty of garlic, with pieces of fresh Parmesan.  Bill really enjoyed it.  The garlic was especially welcome!

Every time we've been to La Piazza in Herrenberg, I've been tempted by dessert.  Their cakes always look so good!  They had several beautiful ones today.  I am usually too full to consider having dessert.  Today, I didn't finish the pasta and saved room for a piece of the cake posted below.  Bill split it with me.


This was kind of like a Sacher torte, only with cherry instead of apricot.  It was moist and sweeter than a lot of German cakes I've had.  I'm glad we shared it.  I liked this fine, although next time, I think I'll go for the Tiramisu.  It looked amazing.


And an espresso!

The total bill came to 37 euros.  I noticed a lot of the people coming in were there for just cake or ice cream.  In the spring and summer, when the weather is fine, this cafe will set up a large outdoor area. I expect that in less than a month, a lot of people will be enjoying its prime location, right in Herrenberg's attractive main square.  Herrenberg was pretty quiet today, though.

If you live near Herrenberg and are looking for a "go to" Sunday spot, La Piazza is not a bad choice.  It's not fancy, but it's got lots of simple pizzas and pastas, as well as tempting desserts.  You will find English speaking servers there and not break the bank.  And it doesn't matter what time you arrive, because they serve food until 10:00pm.  I also noticed that they have a lot of breakfast choices, which are available until 11:00am.  Maybe someday, we'll go there for the first meal of the day, then climb up to Herrenberg's castle ruins.  I will probably need to be fortified for that!

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