Italian charm – the traditional way
TEXT: SIGNE HANSEN | PHOTOS © RESTAURANT RUGANTINO
For more than 30 years, Restaurant Rugantino has been serving up classic Italian food in Søborg, north of Copenhagen. With a rustic Italian interior, genuine traditional recipes and fresh produce, the restaurant is a popular venue for celebrations as well as meetings.
Stepping into Restaurant Rugantino, guests are met by a romantic, rustic Italian interior complete with wall paintings, wooden beams and a blackboard menu. The interior has been more or less the same since the restaurant’s opening in the ‘80s, and that is exactly how guests want it, according to chef and manager Antonio Martinelli. “This restaurant has been here for more than 30 years – it was opened by a great Italian chef, and, as the owner of the place, he has been making sure that the quality has stayed truly Italian, and the same goes for the interior. He wants to keep the traditional look – it’s this romantic kind of vintage Italian style, and if you ask our clientele, no one wants us to change a thing either!”
With a mix of simple, rustic Italian dishes, Rugantino’s menu has also remained true to the restaurant’s Italian heart. The combination of traditional charm and quality has made Rugantino popular with both locals looking for a quiet evening out and those celebrating life’s big events. “What we’re most popular for are parties, birthdays and reunions – we can accommodate up to 60 people in one room,” says Martinelli. “We also have several businesses coming here because we have a private room for 20 people and that’s very popular for small informal meetings followed by dinner.”
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