Topolino restaurant 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Not too long ago I finally got to try a kosher Italian style dairy restaurant in
the city, and I was sorely disappointed. But now, I’ve finally found a dairy
place that’s charming and offers good food.
Located just next to the
entrance of the Mahaneh Yehuda market in Jerusalem, Topolino gives you the
feeling of being in Rome. It is clean, warm and laid back. The tables on the
narrow patio outside are great perches for people-watching. The menu offers a
large selection of starters, pasta dishes (including ravioli, gnocchi and
lasagne), pizza and fish dishes. Naturally, the restaurant takes advantage of
the shuk’s fresh produce and fish..
With the recommendation of the owner,
my dining companion and I started off with a fresh sardine bruschetta (NIS 43),
which included a summery combination of leaves, mozzarella and tomato with a
subtle flavor that was slightly sweetened. It was a big hit with both of us. We
also tried the green salad (NIS 49) with grated Parmesan and toasted
It was equally tasty.
The portions are very substantial.
I was full by this point, but we still had our main courses to go – a pizza
bianca (NIS 69) with garlic cream, zucchini, green onions, sliced pears and
gorgonzola. The pizza was what we had been waiting for – and it didn’t
disappoint. It had a perfect base, a good ratio of tomato sauce to cheese and
topping, and it was delicious.
It was then on to the beetroot gnocchi in
cream, walnuts and spinach leaves (NIS 65). The gnocchi itself, being fresh and
not store bought, was creamy and bursting with flavor. These dishes were
prepared with much attention to detail and with a goal to surprise and please.
The mission was soundly accomplished, as each dish was unique and fresh and had
Desserts are available on a separate menu. Even though we saw
beautiful creations being served to other diners, we decided to forgo the
temptation and settled on a good cup of coffee instead.
Topolino is a
charming little restaurant, perfect for a business lunch or a romantic dinner.
The service was fantastic – the staff are incredibly fast, helpful and patient
(one in particular translated the whole Hebrew menu for us, and then helped us
choose the best dishes to try). The food and atmosphere it offers are a true
gift, and it has already deservedly become a beloved institution.The
writer was a guest of the restaurant.
Topolino Kosher (no certificate) 62
Agrippas Street, Jerusalem.
Tel: (02) 622-3466.
Sun. – Thurs. 8
a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.