I'm generally not a brunch person (those curling slices of salami! those sweating squares of anonymous cheese!). But, researching a guide, I had a long conversation with one of the women who run Café Aroma. She told me this restaurant-cum-Italian community center was the first gathering place for the Slow Food movement in Berlin, and a Sunday brunch pioneer back in 1987. Today, they take pride in sourcing their meats and vegetables from small producers in Brandenburg and Italy. It was enough to get me onto a train to Yorckstraße last Sunday to give their spread a try.
Do you wish I had a better photograph of the food? I do too, but I was too busy tucking in. But you can make out a few of the highlights. To the east is the Savoy cabbage doused in a creamy sauce and stuffed with mashed potatoes. In the southeast, a shell encasing a just-right spinach-ricotta filling. In the northeast corner you can glimpse one of the several arancini I devoured over the course of the morning. I'd never tried one of these saffron-yellow, breadcrumb-covered risotto balls before, and even though they were a little salty, I still find myself longing for them. €12 might be a little more than brunch elsewhere, but oh, it's worth it to be saved from the scary cold cuts.
We had planned to walk down to the Naturpark Schöneberger Südgelände afterwards, but the frigid air made long walks forbidding. We walked west on Großgörschenstraße instead.
(David says this angel in the churchyard photo is too trite, but I can't resist.)
Alte St. Matthäus-Kirchhof, Großgörschenstraße 12, Berlin-Schöneberg (map)