House Whole Wheat Sourdough, Local Butter
Fried Pike Perch, Apple. Curry Remoulade
Pasta Fermentata, Parmesan, Black Pepper
Tortellini, Veal Brisket, Dashi, Turnips
Caramel Custard Tart, Reduced Milk Ice Cream
Rhubarb and Almond Cake, Whipped Cream
Highly regarded by locals and travel sites it was on a whim that two diners stopped by Cafe Nizza around 20h30 Sunday evening, a location separate from downtown or old town giving the small Italian Restaurant a decidedly locals-only feel plus prices far lower than many presumably more “luxurious” Restaurants planned during a trip to Sweden.
Located at Åsögatan 171 on the landmass south of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s outstanding public transportation making access a matter of minutes from prior dinner at The Flying Elk, it was with al fresco seating full of Swedes that a two-top against an interior window was offered, the menu a well-culled one featuring few signatures and mostly market specials.
Known as perhaps the city’s best place for Pasta, three or four styles made on-site daily in addition to Whole Wheat Sourdough offering a good Crust and fluffy center, it was with an appetizer of fried Perch with aromatic Slaw and shaved Apples quickly consumed that two plates of Noodles were presented, the pockets of Brisket a bit thick and not particularly shown best in Dashi bittered by Turnips while Cafe Nizza’s famous take on Cacio e Pepe fared far better as a result of plenty of melted Cheese and Black Pepper forming a thick Sauce around plump Dumplings.
Serving at a pace that was comfortable and never rushed, plates plus utensils reset by course, it was with tough decisions made that two Desserts were selected out of four, a Caramel Custard Tart highly reminiscent of Sugar Pies offered in Canada but offering a bit more creaminess while the seasonal Rhubarb and Almond Cake was simple and beautiful in its presentation of Sugar-poached Stalks atop a toothsome and buttery base.