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Happy Italy, a “fast Italian” restaurant is located on the Binnenrotte, near the Rotterdam library and within the vicinity of the Tuesday/Saturday market. Since we were having a rare sun appearance, we decided to sit outside at one of the handful of bistro tables. We were quickly noticed and a cheerful waiter chuckled along with us as we mumbled the Italian words that made up our order. If you are in the mood for pizza, pasta or even a panini, then you are not going to be disappointed with the menu. The dishes on offer are varied and extensive. Struggling to choose but in the mood for pasta, I went for the salsiccia con il vino – a topping of white wine, salami, fresh spinach and goats cheese - and since I was with company, I went for the easy eating pasta option of penne. It is quite a large venue, creatively decorated (a lamp fixture made out of lamps!) and with a play area for children downstairs. My cioccolato (code word for chocolate cake) was again a large portion and well presented but lacked the punch of flavour I was hoping it would have. But for €3.75 perhaps my expectations were a bit too high. Happy Italy has several things going for it – huge portions, decent prices, a great interior, a large menu – but its real gem is the staff. Everyone we came into contact with was friendly, helpful and just downright nice. A few additions to their dessert and starter options and you’d have a pretty excellent
Hotel New York
Hotel New York is a hotel and restaurant that is inside the old headquarters of the Holland America Line. The Holland America Line is well known for providing passage to passengers from Rotterdam, the Netherlands to America. And now for 16.50 Euros per person, you can sit inside the well decorated cafe/restaurant and enjoy a large and enjoyable Afternoon Tea. The tea choices are plentiful and we did manage to work are way through a fair amount. We didn’t manage to finish all of the food but we did only leave a few items behind. The restaurant is quite busy, so it is well worth booking in advance. Overall, we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves between the good food, unique atmosphere and of course, excellent company.