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Ravioli filled with salmon in a tomato, cream and salmon sauce at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern.

Ravioli filled with salmon in a tomato, cream and salmon sauce at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Ravioli filled with salmon in a tomato, cream and salmon sauce at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern.

Ravioli filled with salmon in a tomato, cream and salmon sauce at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A pizza rustica at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany. While the toppings -- salami, pepperoni, chilis, onions, olives and anchovies -- might not be to everyone's taste, it was delicious.

A pizza rustica at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany. While the toppings -- salami, pepperoni, chilis, onions, olives and anchovies -- might not be to everyone's taste, it was delicious. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Inside Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany. It is decorated with modern art-style paintings of the city.

Inside Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany. It is decorated with modern art-style paintings of the city. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern is on the corner of Gaustrasse and Salzstrasse. It specializes in pizza and pasta, but also features schnitzel, fish and poultry dishes.

Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern is on the corner of Gaustrasse and Salzstrasse. It specializes in pizza and pasta, but also features schnitzel, fish and poultry dishes. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A chalk board inside Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany, features additional dishes not on the regular menu.

A chalk board inside Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany, features additional dishes not on the regular menu. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a butter and sage sauce topped with parmesan cheese at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern.

Ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a butter and sage sauce topped with parmesan cheese at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Spaghetti scampi at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, served in a light tomato and olive oil sauce.

Spaghetti scampi at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, served in a light tomato and olive oil sauce. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Cannelloni, as served at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Cannelloni, as served at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Pan-fried anchovies on a bed of arugula as served at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Although more of an appetizer, they make for a nice light lunch.

Pan-fried anchovies on a bed of arugula as served at Bistrorante Da Adriana in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Although more of an appetizer, they make for a nice light lunch. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

I first noticed Bistrorante Da Adriana while driving a colleague home from work.

It was dark outside and the warm lights from inside the Kaiserslautern eatery looked quite inviting.

It took a while, but I finally took up the invitation and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Bistrorante is in an old building with high windows, wood floors and modern paintings of Kaiserslautern decorating the walls.

Bistrorante is, of course, a play on words: the French bistro and the Italian ristorante. While the interior could be considered bistro-like, the cuisine is definitely Italian.

Look for the blackboard just inside the entrance. It features dishes not on the regular menu.

We tried two different raviolis from it. And they were different: one, salmon-filled in a hearty tomato-cream sauce peppered with more salmon, the other stuffed with ricotta and spinach in a butter-sage sauce. Both were delicious.

On another visit we tried the fried anchovies. I know, not everybody’s taste, but these were crisply fried (headless) little fish served on a bed of arugula. A nice light dish on a warm day.

On the menu, pizzas come in great variety and in three sizes. We tried a Rustica. While the toppings — salami, pepperoni, chilis, onions, olives and anchovies — again might not be to everyone’s taste, it too, was delicious.

Same goes for the pasta. Da Adriana’s offers more than a dozen sauces and you can have them over spaghetti, penne or tagliatelle. Or for an extra 50 cents, tortellini or gnocchi.

They also offer oven-baked pastas like cannelloni and lasagna.

To round out the menu there are salads, fish, seafood, pork schnitzels and beef rump steaks.

You can wash it all down with soft drinks, beer or from their selection of Italian wines.

Da Adriana also serves lunch specials during the week. For 7.50 euros you have your choice of a small pizza or pasta with a side salad, or for a euro more a schnitzel with fries and salad.

Everything is freshly prepared, so some dishes might take a while, but the lunch specials usually arrive promptly.

Round it all off with a cup of hot, strong espresso.

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Location: Gaustrasse 1, 67655 KaiserslauternHours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays.Prices: Starters 2.50 euros to 7 euros; Main dishes 7.50 euros to 19 euros. Pizzas start at 6 euros for a small. Lunch specials are 7.50 euros for pizza or pasta from the menu with a side salad or 8.50 euros for a schnitzel with French fries and salad. Wines start at 4.90 euros; a beer or large soft drink is 3.90 euros.Information: Bistrorante Da Adriana is on Facebook.


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